Go fruity and buy direct

BUY direct from farmers is the message in the latest 2022-2023 Seasonal Produce Guide. Shining a spotlight on Tasmania’s quality fruit produce, it encourages visitors and locals to source fresh fruit directly from the grower.

“Tasmania’s premium produce is world-class and highly sought after throughout the world, and the guide endorses our state’s reputation for providing fresh, high-quality produce,’’ Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer said. “It also highlights seasonal fruit at our farm gates, markets, events, and on the menus of cafés and restaurants right across Tasmania.’’

The Guide also encourages people to spend time in our regional areas. Ms Palmer said the fruit industry continues to play an expanding role in the ongoing prosperity of the state, with the latest Argi-Scorecard showing the berry production rose by 45 per cent driving up the farm gate value to $209 million.

The value of cherries was $73 million and other fruit was $125 million. The recently released Tasmanian Agri-Food Score Card shows Tasmania is on track to reach targets, with the 2020-21 gross value of agricultural production reaching $2.34 billion and the total farm gate value of fruit increasing to $406.7 million.

To view the Guide, visit http://www.fruitgrowerstas.org.au/tasmanian-seasonalproduce-guide/