The bell rings and trade begins every Sunday morning on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville streets right in the heart of downtown Hobart.
It is a wonderful coming together of the community and the people who grow our food or process what is locally produced. There is now an added incentive to turn up and that is Julie Payne’s mulled apple juice, otherwise known as Bosi juice. I am not sure why and should have asked. Steaming hot and spicy, this is a perfect drink for a cold Sunday morning. It is made from Huon Valley, Lucaston apple juice so no preservatives or added sugar etc and lovely aromatic spices. To save time you can buy a spice pack already prepared and take it home to prepare your own. Julie has bought the cups from various charities and so the money is circulated in the community and it is all good… and fun as well.
Meet Maria Mitsakis, you have probably met her husband Nick, if you ever buy apricots or cherries or olive oil from the stalls at Midway Point.She and Nick grow their own olives and use natural processes in the pickling of the olives and pressing of the oils. No caustic soda permitted on these premises. Stop for a chat and learn the difference between different olive oils and be glad that you don’t have to import Italian to get the real thing.
Richard and Lorna Clauson are Huon Valley orchardists as well and I am reliably informed that Nick McKim used to pick apples there in his student days. You can buy plants, breads, cheeses, mussels and even chilli ginger beer but what money cannot buy is the passion that these producers put into what they do and the joy that is gives everyone to feel a part of it.