A pro­duce de­light as Alf re­turns

Mar­ket to open Satur­day

Stanthorpe Border Post - - BUSINESS INSIGHT - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­[email protected]­der­post.com.au

A LO­CAL boy is bring­ing fresh pro­duce to the masses with a new mar­ket ven­ture set to get un­der way this Satur­day morn­ing.

Alf Tur­risi, the owner of Arat­ula and Warwick Farmer’s Mar­ket’s, al­ways dreamed of open­ing up in Stan­thorpe and that de­sire is set to be re­alised.

“I’m a Stan­thorpe boy, orig­i­nally from here, and I’ve al­ways wanted to get some­thing up and go­ing but it has been a pro­gres­sion in the pipe­line,” Mr Tur­risi said.

“So Stan­thorpe opens this Satur­day and the con­cept is we do fruit and veg like nor­mal but we very much want to see our­selves as a bit of a bou­tique mar­ket.”

They’ll in­cor­po­rate some “niche” prod­ucts such as honey, ginger, yo­ghurt's and cakes as well.

“Peo­ple can come down on a Satur­day and buy their fruit and veg and maybe buy a lit­tle gift as well,” he said.

He’s ea­ger to pro­mote and help lo­cal busi­nesses and says he’s open to tak­ing on more lo­cal prod­ucts.

“My back­ground is com­mer­cial farm­ing so I've got a very good un­der­stand­ing of how prod­uct should be han­dled,” Mr Tur­risi said.

“What we see per­haps in the chain stores as a pre­mium fruit and you’re pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant prices on, you can get the same fresh­ness, qual­ity, nu­tri­tion but some­thing that might have a mark on it, at a much cheaper price.

“It’s only spec­i­fi­ca­tions that make it in to chain store grade. We buy prob­a­bly 90 per cent of prod­uct off the farm.

“There’s ‘x’ amount of tomato grow­ers and ‘x’ amount of dif­fer­ent grow­ers... you can only re­ally deal with one. We’re not big enough to take them all on.

“We’re al­ways in­ter­ested in other stuff as long as we can make it work for both sides.”

They’ll open and run ev­ery Satur­day, start­ing De­cem­ber 1, from 6am to noon.

“We want to stress we are a mar­ket, we’re not a fully fledged re­tail shop,” he said.

“I’ve got a very good team be­hind me, I’m very for­tu­nate my part­ner does a moun­tain of work and she’s very sup­port­ive and both my par­ents also help in the busi­ness.

“Not only is the fam­ily in there but we have a very good nu­cleus be­hind us now.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

DREAM COME TRUE: Alf Tur­risi is proud to be open­ing a new bou­tique mar­ket in his lo­cal patch.

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