Cool nights not good for Pinata
AS most people have enjoyed the cool nights in Mareeba, Piñata Farms is hoping for the weather to heat up.
Piñata Farms dispatch and quality assurance officer Courtney Scurr said November has been their busiest month for pineapples but this year production was a bit slow.
“The cool nights we have had this month have slowed the ripening of the pineapples,” she said.
“Pineapples need hot temperatures to grow. I am guessing December is going to be the busy month this year.”
Since the start of the season in September, Piñata Farms Mareeba has packed 170,000 trays.
“We have about 10 semitrailers a week taking produce to the Tablelands fruit and vegetable shops, Rusty’s Market Cairns and local IGAs,” she said.
“The season has started to pick up. We will pick right through to January, 2018 and then start planting in February.”
It is a labour of love at Piñata Farms as the family business picks and plants all the pineapples by hand.
“We have a machine and four people plant at once,” she said.
“My brother Ben is the field manager and he goes with the picking crew and they pluck each ripe pineapple by hand.”
After four years working full-time at Piñata Farms, Courtney said she would not have it any other way.
“I tried other things but I always just wanted to come back to the farm. It is a great way to bond as a family,” she said.