If we had a dollar for every time someone asked us if we had a stall at Harvest Market in Launceston, we could shut the business down and retire!
We've been on a waiting list for a spot at Harvest since early 2012 and we've jumped through a few hoops to differentiate our product from the other pork producers there, Mount Gnomon Farm and Black Ridge Farm and to get our Expression of Interest right. We were told that if ever Gnomon or Black Ridge weren't there, we might be able to 'fill in'.
As it turns out though, even that isn't feasible. We just applied for a spot once a month while Black Ridge drop down to fortnightly over the winter. Here's what Harvest said:
"When looking at meat producers, as with other product offerings, the Harvest Committee recognise that some meat products are more popular with consumers than others. Australians eat a lot of chicken and beef – but they don't currently eat a lot of pork (according to the ABARES commodity statistics). Feedback from our producers also supports these statistics.
Therefore, based on our current consumer attendance the Harvest Committee does not feel the market can sustain another pork producer at this time, even with Black Ridge adjusting their attendance over winter."
This is disappointing for us, but it's not the end of the world. We respect Harvest's right and obligation to care for the interests of those producers who've been with them from the start.
We'll be at Evandale monthly and sell by delivery too as planned, and you'll see dates and stock availability as usual on our Facebook page and via our emailing list and on these very pages here.
Thanks to all our lovely customers for your continued interest, and we look forward to bringing you delicious nitrate-free ham, bacon, sausages and other pork product very soon!