Farm to shop in min­utes

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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