Welcome to our Stallholder profile post this week:
December 20, 2017
Our point of difference: Most other growers either sell direct to the public from their property, while commercial growers sell overseas and to the big food chains in New Zealand. We of course only sell at the Christchurch Farmers' Market.
Why we love what we do: Growing our blueberries gives us great satisfaction when we see the utmost look of pleasure on our customers faces after they sample our product. We always tell our customers how to grow their own blueberries when they have them and try to help them with advice to achieve good growth. We keep our product price the same throughout the season and don’t believe in price gouging of the product e.g. just before Christmas when demand is high. We do put in many long hours of work before the season, during the season, and immediately afterwards from some weeks. I don’t think people actually realise how much work one puts into getting the finished product to them.
What is special about your product : Blueberries are natures powerhouse. Very high antioxidants have great health benefits. The antioxidant is called ‘anthocyanin’ and is found just under the skin of the blueberries.
We have tasted all types of blueberries from others organically grown, to ours, and believe the ones we have are superior in taste. Of course we are naturally biased, but love them because they are so sweet. I enjoy mowing between the rows when necessary, because I stop every so often a and taste them!!
Why we trade at the Christchurch Farmers' Market: Before we came to the Riccarton Bush Market we did a fair bit of research. Immediately we saw your place we knew it was ‘the one’. Your market has an air of sophistication, and genuiness about it. One can immediately see the products on sale there are of the quality kind. That together with a decent customer base sets it apart from the ones we have seen.
Everyone from the owners of the market, yourself, the stallholders and customers are really pleased to be there.
While we are only what is classed as small fry, we really enjoy meeting the decent people who frequent your lovely market….