Cool nights not good for Pi­nata

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bec Singh

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.

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