Bob Kirwin of Southside Fruit and Veg with some of his fresh, local produce.
Bob Kirwin of Southside Fruit and Veg with some of his fresh, local produce. Northern Star/David Nielsen

Fruiterer's backing local farmers

THE produce at Southside Fruit and Veg in Casino is as fresh, and as local, as you can get.

“The lettuce is actually still growing in the shop,” owner Bob Kirwan said.

“When we get them from the farmers, we plant them into our in-store hydroponic system.”

Buying locally-grown produce is important for this business, which prides itself on supporting the region's hardworking farmers.

Mr Kirwan, who runs the shop with his wife Jill, said they always made an effort to buy local.

“We've been like that ever since we opened 16 months ago,” he said.

“We buy as much as we can from the farmers while it's viable.

“The money then works its way around the community, that's the good thing about it.

“We've just bought some cucumbers from a woman who is also a wildlife carer. Half of the money she makes goes into caring for the animals.

“We also get bananas from Lismore and tomatoes from Casino. We buy squash and watermelon in season.

“At the moment, about one-third of the shop is locally-grown produce.”

Mr Kirwan said people should stock up on cucumbers this week.

“They've only just been harvested, so they look really good,” he said.



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