Mar­ket life al­ways fruit­ful

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Mieng Chang (above) grew up amid the stalls of Rusty’s Mar­kets so it was only nat­u­ral he would fol­low in his par­ent’s foot­steps.

MIENG Chang grew up amid the fruit and veg­etable stalls of Rusty’s Mar­kets so it was only nat­u­ral he would fol­low in his par­ent’s foot­steps.

The 26-year-old works for PMG, just a stone’s throw from an­other stall run by his par­ents in the cav­ernous mar­ket­place be­tween Sheri­dan and Grafton streets.

He has been run­ning his own fran­chise for three years.

A mar­ket stall is a tem­po­rary struc­ture set up to sell your prod­ucts or ser­vices.

They are usu­ally set up for a short pe­riod of time at a par­tic­u­lar mar­ket or event, be­fore be­ing taken down and re­moved.

Mr Chang’s stall at Rusty’s is open from Fri­day to Sun­day each week.

Stall hold­ers sell­ing fruit, veg­eta­bles, or other goods by mea­sure­ment, must com­ply with trade mea­sure­ment laws.

Trade mea­sure­ment laws cover how you mea­sure and la­bel your goods, and the mea­sure­ment tools, such as scales, that you can use.

“I love talk­ing to lo­cals, the same peo­ple will of­ten come in to buy fresh stock each week and it’s good to get to know peo­ple,” Mr Chang said.

“I’ve been here all my life, Rusty’s is like a sec­ond home to me.

“A lot of the pro­duce we source lo­cally from Atherton, Ma­reeba and In­n­is­fail.

“The let­tuce we have to get from down south, but the Thai basil and the chokos I grow my­self.”

The Bent­ley Park res­i­dent said he was proud of the busi­ness and hoped his own son would carry on the fam­ily tra­di­tion. But in sum­mer, the job was a chal­lenge.

“Prob­a­bly the only down­side would be the heat,” Mr Chang said.

“It does get pretty bad and it makes the stock go off quicker. But this is Cairns, so we just have to put up with it.”

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