Sadly we’ve come to the end of the 2018 Kumbia harvest. We’d like to thank our hardworking South Burnett Kumbia growers the Dugdell and Francis families for producing incredibly delicious stone fruit this season. To you, our loyal Queenslanders who have supported our growers purchasing those moreish peaches and nectarines, we thank you!
Before launching Kumbia stone fruit season greengrocers from South East Queensland embarked on a wonderful journey to Queensland’s South Burnett. The Growers and Grocers Orchard Experience delivered an all-round sensory experience where guests learnt about growing stone fruit whilst enjoying a one-on-one with the grower.
MEET THE GROWERS
After the Kumbia launch, our friends from the Darling Downs Toowoomba region, Donnelly’s Fresh Fruit n Veg, Toowoomba Fresh and Westridge Fruit n Vegetables hosted ‘Meet the Growers’ event in their stores. A delightful savoury or sweet dish was on offer and the locals absolutely indulged in the taste test. As a result, shoppers immediately fell in love with the flavoursome summer-fruit filling bags to take home to their families. Thank you to all the greengrocers, Andrews Meats, Brumby’s Bakery, Grand Central Shopping Centre and to the media WIN TV Toowoomba and Toowoomba Chronicle for showcasing the story. The stone fruit was enjoyed by many Toowoomba residents over a number of weeks.
Local fruit shops around Queensland have continued to support our Kumbia growers after the horrific supercell storm destroying most of the crop. Once again, we are grateful for the overwhelming response from followers and non-followers not just from Queensland but also from our bordering states, who poured out their hearts on Facebook and Instagram. The Francis family and the Martoo Reviews joint stone fruit box auction helped raise funds for Graham House Community Centre to support the locals who were affected. There is a little bit of Kumbia stone fruit left in stores and you can find the stockists on our website. The growers would like you to know they will always remember your sincere words of kindness.
MOUTH-WATERING RESTAURANT DESSERT
Moda Brisbane’s Mediterranean Restaurant Executive Chef and owner Javier Codina absolutely delighted in cooking with Kumbia stone fruit throughout the entire season. Javier has not only impressed the patrons with the delectable stone fruit dessert but also continues to support other regional growers. You can find the recipe for this irresistible dessert on our website. Thank you Javier!
A STONE FRUIT INDULGENCE
The passionate bubbly Georgia Barnes enjoys nothing more than cooking with beautiful, colour rich regional produce, particularly the sweeter kind. Food styling is another area of expertise and recently she shared a stunning photo of the Kumbia stone fruit. We’re super excited as there’s a recipe to follow, so stay tuned.
Right now our stone fruit growers from the panoramic countryside of Stanthorpes Traprock Region will tantalize your taste buds with sweet juicy peaches, nectarines and plums as harvest continues. We hope you’re enjoying the grower’s stories!