No stalling Peg at 82

AT 82, Dunoon woman Peg Davey might be the oldest person to ever run a stall at Bangalow Market.

She is definitely one of the most energetic - getting up at the crack of dawn and driving for 45 minutes is not a problem.

“I've had a stall for over 20 years now and people often ask me how I keep doing it,” Mrs Davey said.

“But I don't think it's too much at my age at all. I really enjoy it. I have to get up at 4.30am to get to Bangalow Market, but I've been working on a farm all my life and I'm used to it.”

Not only does Mrs Davey run a stall at Bangalow, selling her son's macadamias, she is also a regular at Lismore Carboot and The Channon markets each month.

And, she could teach the younger stallholders a thing or two about market stall success.

When The Northern Star visited Mrs Davey at Bangalow, she was doing a roaring trade selling $15 tubs of freshly-ground macadamia paste from her custom-made stall.

“I really enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing the regulars,” Mrs Davey said.

“And I love macadamias. I love the paste on bread. It's very nice.”

Mrs Davey drives to the markets and sets up her stall on her own - with just a little assistance to attach the top canopy.

“Sometimes my grandson pops in and helps me whenever he can,” she said.

When she is not selling the macadamias she helps out her son on his Dunoon farm.

“He always helped on our farm when he was younger, so now it's my turn to help him,” she said. “I help him sort the macadamias and I used to help with the cattle as well, but I can't move quickly enough now to catch them.”

Mrs Davey also loves crocheting and spends a lot of time tending her own garden.

“I don't grow vegetables, I like flowers,” she said.

“I have geraniums, gerberas and daylilies.”

The secret to being able to live such an active lifestyle at 82 is simple, Mrs Davey said.

“No drinking, no smoking and plenty of work.”

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