Farm to shop in minutes
GHOST Gully Produce has stocked spinach, mesculin, baby cos and rocket to Spanos’ Supa IGA since the store opened.
Owner Gary Samuelsen said he encountered no hurdles in organising the transaction and it made sense to supply produce to the independently owned grocery store.
“It’s only a five-minute drive so (the produce stays) very fresh,” he said.
“It’s the best way of doing it.”
Mr Samuelsen said there were a number of benefits to selling his produce locally.
“I think the best benefit is hearing back from the locals,” he said.
“They know us so it’s good. That’s the biggest benefit.”
Mr Samuelsen said buying locally helped the local economy but that the region also produced particularly high-quality produce.
“Everything stays in your community then. It goes around in circles,” he said.
“Lockyer Valley’s got some awesome stuff. We can grow some awesome stuff around here.
“We’ve got some awesome farmers and it’s world-known how good the soil is here.
“I just wish it would rain, is all. That’s the biggest problem around here.
“So, why not? Why buy from somewhere else when we can do a better job here?”
Ghost Gully Produce is grown hydroponically, chemical-free on five hectares on Rangeview Drive.
It has been operating for almost 15 years.