LO­CAL PRO­DUCE SHOW­CASED IN STORE

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By PETRA DE JONG

CLOSE to 200 peo­ple, most of whom found it on Face­book, dis­cov­ered The Pip Stop when the fruit and veg­etable shop opened its doors in Ap­ple Tree Creek last month.

Owner Kelly Ross asked her friends to help with ideas to name the shop and The Pip Stop was a per­fect fit.

The fo­cus is on fresh pro­duce straight from lo­cal farms.

The Pip Stop also aims to show­case the best of Childers and Ap­ple Tree Creek with other lo­cally made prod­ucts.

Hand­made planter boxes stand at the en­trance to the shop and plants and gar­den or­na­ments are still to come.

The shelves are stocked with olive oils and jams from small pro­duc­ers in the Isis Dis­trict.

Kelly makes tim­ber trays for ham­pers by hand and there are plans for pre-packed boxes with a se­lec­tion of fruit and veg­eta­bles.

“We are wast­ing so much,” Kelly said, re­fer­ring to Western­ers’ habit of throw­ing out slightly blem­ished prod­ucts.

The Pip Stop is run like a sen­si­ble house­hold where waste is min­imised and the birds across the road at Fly­ing High Bird Sanc­tu­ary are happy to take care of the scraps.

Fes­tiv­i­ties cen­tre­ing around a grand open­ing are in the pipe­line.

The Pip Stop is lo­cated next to the pub in Ap­ple Tree Creek.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED / PETRA DE JONG

FO­CUS ON FRESH: Staff mem­ber Melissa How and Pip Stop owner Kelly Ross.

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