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Farmers & Graziers

22 August, 2021

Seeing things through fresh eyes

By Gillain Molloy SOMETIMES, when you see something through the eyes of another, you get a totally new perspective.

Recently one of my long-time friends arrived in Mackay. She and her partner had sailed their yacht all the way from Adelaide, and I’d been looking forward to the time that we could catch up in Queensland.

 Of course, one of the first things on the agenda was to take her to the Wednesday Farmers Market. She is a bit of a “foodie” and I was genuinely curious to find out what she might buy. Complimenting the Mad Cow Coffee with “perfectly made and exactly how to start off a good morning”, she roamed the stalls to see what treasures she could find. 

 Living on a boat, fresh produce doesn’t last very long at all, and she was thrilled to find Proserpine Seedlings & Vegies collection of plants and seedlings. Impressed by the quality, she selected three varieties of lettuce and one basil plant, saying “this is the start of that on-board garden I’ve always wanted!” 

 Also, to combat the problem of keeping vegetables fresh, she bought some beeswax wraps from Bee Good Wax Wraps. She has found that they are working a treat and has vowed to come back for more. Beans and fresh ginger Farm Fresh Vegetables from Charlie Muscat went into her basket along with some jumbo eggs from Freckle Farm. 

Being from South Australia and very much used to the delicious smoked meats of the Barossa Valley, she was thrilled to find Slade Points Meats’ smoked goods. I found out later that the packet of bacon only ended up lasting less than a day once her partner discovered how delicious it was, so she jumped on her e-scooter to ride all the way to Slade Point from the Marina to buy three more packets to freeze down for their continuing journey north.

 Watching her interact with the stallholders as she selected her items really helped me to see the GWFM market through a completely different lens. I have to say that I left with a whole new appreciation of our market family that day. Now, about those giveaways I promised last week. Spring is just around the corner, so I decided to do a Spring Clean here at the Greater Whitsunday Food Network.

 On discovering some hidden treasure in the form of some great GWFN merchandise, we’ve decided to celebrate Spring by giving it away. On Wednesday September 1 you’ll receive a free GWFM Market bag containing a free recipe book from Sarina Sugar Shed when you make a purchase from our members. 

 Stocks will be limited so get in early to snag your bag. Armie and I are also planning some great September School Holiday activities so watch this space for more details. In the meantime, Happy Market Shopping!  

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