High St, the main shopping street down the centre of the New Norfolk CBD, was closed to traffic and stalls reached as far as the eye could see and beyond.
One fellow wandered through the crowd playing his banjo.
The vegetable stall was from the farms in the Coal Valley, the same which sell at the Bathurst St Farmers Market in Hobart. As always, the produce is freshly picked the day before. I stocked up. Small bags of tomatoes were for sale but, alas, these were not grown in New Norfolk. Elsewhere I picked up a freshly made Rye sourdough loaf of bread.
There were a number of plant and bulb stalls.
I noted wads of thick warm socks were for sale everywhere.
New Norfolk is a place which to some people is where ‘rednecks’ predominate – but of course ‘rednecks’ live in every town and city and NN is no different. Nevertheless, I recognised my prejudice when I saw the open gun shop in the main street; in my mind guns and rednecks go together notwithstanding guns are important for farmers who are not necessarily rednecks. More details can be read here about Tasmania’s gun law requirements.
While this was not a market focused on craft or arts, nor a souvenir market, there were some exceptional innovative pieces of jewellery and objects demonstrating new forms of wood carving. Some beautiful artifacts. With the exception of stalls selling jewellery and a couple of others, lots of middle aged and elderly men ran the stalls presumably to supplement their government pensions and to give themselves an interest. The stalls presenting vintage and antique materials were overpriced. Surely the effort of bringing a great number of items, displaying them and then selling very few would be wasteful. Generally there was an air of disinterest around these stalls – by the sellers and the buyers. Very strange not to want to make money.
A number of cooked food stalls were scattered through the market. One that was selling Thai inspired street food attracted me. I purchased a marvellous freshly made charcoal grilled octopus accompanied by a daikon salad and spicy dressing.
Generally this small lively market attracted lots of people. With only one vegetable stall and most other stalls with items of little interest to me I doubt I will return in a hurry. But if you haven’t been to the High St market, then visiting New Norfolk and including this could be worthwhile.