The Giacosa Family

the persimmon growers

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grower profile

Terry & Susan Giacosa

Terry’s father Francesco migrated to Australia from Italy in 1937. Francesco began working on a farm with his brother Giuseppe and in the off-season, he travelled to North Queensland to cut cane. 1950 was a very exciting time for Francesco and his brother Pietro buying their first orchard at Severnlea, Stanthorpe Queensland. Here the brothers grew grapes and vegetables.

giacosa
brothers

in the beginning

The following year Francesco married Lidia and they moved to Applethorpe raising two sons, John and Terry. The farm was on good rich granite soil with over 25 acres of fruit including, apples, stone fruit and some pears. Work on the orchard was labour intensive, picking, packing, loading and unloading boxes onto a truck. Back then their premium fruit was stored in cold storage for the winter months and this is when the family would employ one or two seasonal workers.

a striking tree

new fruit on the horizon

In 1973 Terry and John purchased their share of the farm where they began a new business venture, The Giacosa Brothers. From here the brothers decided to expand buying more land, developing their horticulture skills growing apples, pears and stone fruit.

In the mid-80s in Applethorpe the brothers planted around 400 persimmon trees. Persimmons were chosen as it was a unique and different fruit and there was also the attraction to the striking red and yellow foliage on the trees, not to mention the vibrant colour of the fruit.

terry & family

a thousand persimmon trees

In 1986 Terry and Susan were married and they began their own family with three children namely Catherine, Julie and David. A few years later the brothers decided to take on a farm each, giving the children an opportunity to learn about growing fruit. Today all three children invest some time to help out during harvest.

Terry and Susan are an amazing duo who have successfully created the beautiful farm that Terry’s Sweet Persimmons is today, along with the help of their children of course. There are over 1000 delightful persimmon trees on the family orchard.

did you know?

persimmons have two different varieties

Persimmons have two different varieties with the older being astringent which requires the fruit to soften before it’s consumed and the non-astringent variety, the Fuyu can be eaten soft or crunchy, either way, it’s scrumptious. Terry and Susan grow the Fuyu variety during the Autumn months and they absolutely enjoy watching their grandchildren Amelia, Isaac and Lucas spending time in the orchard. The couple are avid farmers that take much pleasure in growing delicious fruit that consumers would relish eating.

people love our fruit

 

see what they say

Being a chef and owner of Moda Tapas Brasa Bar, I pride myself on working with the best local produce available. This is why I go myself to the markets each week and get to know the farmers, and families that grow some of the best in the world. Working with someone like Mira from Devine Fruits helps to bridge the gap between the venue and the growers. Creating stories with the recipes that I create helps people to connect with the food and generates lasting memories. Getting to know the farmer and being able to showcase their produce in the restaurant is so important to me. Living in Queensland we have amazing produce to work with but getting to know and support the families is so important. Mira is an amazing advocate for these farmers and growers and is so passionate about what she does, it is a real pleasure to work with her.

Javier Codina
Moda Tapas Brasa Bar

Casey-Lee is sincere and passionate about helping others achieve their goals and eating their way into healthy nutritious foods. She also enjoys working her magic in the kitchen creating delectable stone fruit recipes that many of us will indulge in. It was a pleasure to work with you Casey-Lee and thank you for supporting our Aussie growers from Kumbia! 

Casey-Lee Lyons
Live Love Nourish

As a grower/supplier myself and a regular with using social media as a tool for advertising, I always love taking the time to see just what Mira and the team at Divine fruits have been up to on their Instagram account. I find Mira's work to be inspirational in sharing the grower's stories and connecting them to the public. I really enjoy seeing what other growers in around the nation stories are and different growing ideas and tips that are shared. Keep up the fantastic work!

 

John Mantovani
Manto Produce

Divine Fruits is a marketing powerhouse, they know how to spotlight a grower and their product and will connect them with the grocers and families that love what they do. Letting customers become ambassadors of their produce. It's a real pleasure to be associated with this branding.

 

Andersson's Fruit Market
Kingaroy

We bought five kgs of your wonderful plums for making a family favourite, plum jam. I ate a Kaso plum first and it was certainly the sweetest, juiciest plum I have ever eaten. We always buy Australian as much as possible and certainly only Aussie for fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Susan H

Westridge Fruit & Vegetables has been proud to support Divine Fruits in sharing the growers' stories. We love to be able to tell and show our customers where the fruit is grown and who is growing it. We are passionate about fruit and vegetables and Divine Fruits shares this passion with us. 

Thanks, Mira and her team for their outstanding efforts with connecting Growers - Retailers - Consumers.

Luke
Westridge Fruit and Vegetables

Divine Fruits have helped provide a connection; from grower to retailer to the consumer. Our customers are now aware of the various growing regions and can see how the fruit is grown when it is in season and who is growing it. Harvest Markets Booval is very happy to support Divine Fruits and thank them for helping share the grower’s stories.    

Rob
Harvest Markets Booval

Since partnering with Divine Fruits we have noticed our local community has a better understanding of what goes into growing the fruit on the farm and what happens to get it to the shelves of the local fruit shops. Divine Fruits has helped boost the demand for Kumbia stone fruit. A WIN-WIN outcome!

The Dugdells
Kumbia

Every working week in the Traprock Region brings with it different experiences. Beginning with each seasons’ pruning and flowering right through until harvest and retailing, the highs and the lows of seasonal conditions, the people involved, their passion and their experiences are captured by Divine Fruits who are able to share the story about the families with you. Once you have eaten this delicious stone fruit, following the stories on Divine Fruits will be the closest thing to being in Stanthorpe’s Traprock Region.

Andrew
Traprock Region

In December 2016 we decided to engage Mira from Divine Fruits to market our Kaso Plums brand. After attending the product launch and in-store promotions in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, we noticed that the customers were keen to learn more about where and how our fruit is grown. Through the use of Divine Fruits social media and promotional materials in stores, our brand gained more recognition and a greater demand for the product. Mira’s idea was to make the connection to unite the fruit grower with the consumer creating amazing results. This is not only a testament to the quality of Kaso Plums but also to Mira’s ingenious marketing of our brand.

Alex and Skinder
Kaso Plums

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Phil Whitehead
Whitehead Crowther Lawyers

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Speaker Advisor Author

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