We trust that everyone enjoyed their Christmas break feasting on the all-time favourite fresh stone fruit this season. With growers from Kumbia and the Traprock Region producing tonnes of delicious fruit, there was no shortage in the peach, nectarine and plum department. It’s not over yet folks as many more growers from the south in the Goulburn Valley deliver more fruit with the delightfully sweet and healthy I.M. SWEET apricots and Kaso Plums.

Green Grocer Visits

Fruit Emporium

In the off-season, we travelled around South East Queensland to meet with local greengrocers and discuss their marketing needs with growers promotional posters. We found that many stores have their own unique designs, some that are quaint and traditional and others which are located at larger shopping centres, of course, posters vary from store to store.
Our trips are always jam-packed with loads of fun as we discover Southern Queensland Countries beautiful National Parks, learning about different regions and what they have to offer. So if you’re not already a follower on Instagram now is the time to stay tuned to our Instagram stories.

It was wonderful to hear that greengrocers were excited about the upcoming stonefruit season with many of their customers regularly asking about it. Well, there’s more store visits planned over the coming months as we continue to share the stories. Thank you to all the greengrocers who support Australian growers and continue to post, like, share and comment on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank You Traprock Region

Thank you Traprock region

It’s time to say farewell and thank you to the beautiful Traprock Region growers from Stanthorpe; the Finlay, Ferrier and Pratt families who supplied amazing stone fruit this season. Their 3 orchards encompass juicy white and yellow peaches and nectarines along with some tangy and sweet red and yellow centred plums. Queenslanders shopped at their local greengrocer every day in many regions of Queensland including North Qld, Wide-Bay Burnett, South East Qld and the Darling Downs not to mention over the border and down to Lismore NSW.

Growers and Grocers United

Growers and Grocers united

Traprock Region not only delivered fresh seasonal stone fruit but at the start of the season Divine Fruits, Montague and the growers hosted the very first Growers and Grocers Orchard Experience. Over 40 fruit shop owners from around Queensland’s South East attended, enjoying a fun-filled day in a rustic country setting. Guests were chartered over by bus to 3 orchards with an opportunity to see the fruit on the trees and let me tell you there was plenty of Honey May yellow nectarines ready to harvest. Thanks to Southern Queensland Country Tourism who engaged journalist Helen Walker. Helen captured some charming photos as well as interviews for the Queensland Country Life and Good Fruit and Vegetables publications. Guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch in the packing shed from McGregor Terrace Food Project showcasing the grower’s peaches and nectarines in a lovely cooking demonstration. Greengrocers were absolutely overwhelmed with a wonderful sensory experience and enjoying a one-on-one with the growers. It looks like we may be heading towards an annual event, so stay tuned.

Plumtastic

Customers enjoying Kaso plums

In the lead up to Christmas, we launched last season’s popular Kaso Plums at the Brisbane Markets. It was a hectic morning with many greengrocers filling their trucks with loads of yummy summer treats ready for everyone to enjoy. Brisbane’s friendly greengrocer Fresh Sensations hosted a ‘Meet the Growers’ event as an opportunity for customers to chat one-on-one with the grower and taste-test the fruit. Well, it was an absolute delight to hear the feedback from many who enjoyed the flavour filling their baskets with healthy summer snacks. Thanks to Skinder and Alex Kaso who managed to take a day away from their orchard in Victoria and to Fresh Sensations owners John and Jimmy for hosting the event.

Healthy Collaborations

Healthy Collaborations

A special thank you to Amanda’s Wholesome Kitchen who has teamed up with us to share some super healthy scrumptious recipes with our grower’s stone fruit both on social media and her website. Amanda is a firm believer in feeding the family good wholesome fresh food as well as supporting farmers and local fruit shops. We also met small business owner Megan from Your Platter Matters who included some of our grower’s stone fruit in her elegant and colourful platters. We are grateful for their wonderful support!

Thank you to all our followers who review, message, email, tag, like, share and comment on Facebook and Instagram. We hope you’re enjoying the grower’s stories as we continue to post and blog.

Lastly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. May 2018 be abundant filling our lives with love, happiness, wonderful adventures and eating healthy Divine Fruits!