Fresh fruit finds the mark

Whitsunday Times - - BUSINESS -

AM­ILY, fresh fruit and friendly ser­vice is what The Prickly Pineap­ple is all about. Owned and op­er­ated by hus­band and wife team Jamie and Jen­nifer Fuhrmann, the fruit shop with a dif­fer­ence has been a long time com­ing.

“I’ve been look­ing at this, dreaming of this, for 10 years,” Mr Fuhrmann said.

Mr Fuhrmann has worked in the pro­duce in­dus­try for 26 years and is now us­ing his in-depth knowl­edge to great ad­van­tage.

“That’s why we can spec­ify what grow­ers or brands we want from my buyer in Bris­bane,” he said.

Mrs Fuhrmann’s love of fine foods mar­ries well with the fruit and veg­etable busi­ness.

The Fuhrmann’s busi­ness has turned into a whole fam­ily af­fair, with son Rhys and daugh­ter Ge­or­gia both also lend­ing a hand.

On Sun­day the busi­ness cel­e­brated its first birth­day – a lit­tle sooner than first planned.

“[Start­ing the busi­ness] prob­a­bly came a lit­tle sooner than we an­tic­i­pated,” Mrs Fuhrmann said.

“We sort of thought we’d wait un­til the kids were fin­ished school and we’d go and do our thing, but they’re nearly there too.

“(And) we’ve known for prob­a­bly 10 years how much of an op­por­tu­nity was here to do it,” Mr Fuhrmann said.

SMOOTHIE QUEEN: Ge­or­gia Fuhrmann whips up a rasp­berry smoothie as ea­ger cus­tomers are served in the back­ground.

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