A growth industry
The Advertiser, 30/6/2010 - Dianne Mattsson
MARGY Abbot is talking to one of her favourite growers. ‘‘Go hard on flowers,’’ she advises. ‘‘And keep the microherbs coming.’’
They are tips worth heeding because Margy, a dynamo food wholesaler, is also a specialist at spotting food trends.
Margy is at the centre of a newly refined food chain, working as a conduit between kitchens and growers.
Her advice means growers can plant based on credible feedback from chefs, ‘‘rather than guessing’’, says Michelle Vidau of Herbivorous, with market gardens at Darlington and Hindmarsh Valley.
‘‘This way, I don’t take a risk on new varieties and spend months eating things like lemon basil myself because it doesn’t sell,’’ Michelle says.
Margy and husband Chris, formerly a farmer on the West Coast, own a fast-growing fruit and vegetable wholesale firm, AMJ Produce at Pooraka.
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