The Morrow family have been farming on the Alstonville plateau for more than a century. They used to sell to the big city wholesale markets, but, like many small scale farmers, they found it more and more difficult as time went on. Costs kept increasing and the middle men were squeezing their farm profits to the point where it looked like it may no longer be viable.
They turned to the local markets, which has enabled their farm to survive. The current Coronavirus crisis has seen two of the community markets they attend closed down, which has left them with just two farmers markets to sell at, including Mullum, but Rick says business at the farmers markets has picked up a bit, which is helping make up the difference.
He says last year was a tough one with the drought, but things are looking better this year.
On their stall now you’ll find potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, green beans, pumpkin and sweet corn. Snow peas, broccoli, pecan nuts and strawberries are on the way in the coming months.
You can find Rick and his uncle Stan at the top end of the market (between the Gourmet Salad Hut and Playing With Fire).
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