Despite a late start to the season following extreme drought conditions in the strawberry nursery areas, growing conditions in Queensland have been totally perfect for strawberries for the last seven weeks. Warm, dry & sunny days paired with cool, crisp nights mean that there is now an abundance of fresh strawberries available for Australians to enjoy. In fact, one million punnets of strawberries per day are leaving our farms and heading to a shop near you across the next month.
Our strawberry growers work tirelessly to produce great quality, healthy fresh food for consumers to enjoy and now it’s time for them to ask something of Australia. Our ripe rich red beauties are flooding into stores across the country and we need Australian consumers to show us their amazing support again by getting out and buying our fruit. Just one punnet every week for the next month will change the world for our growers.
Bite Markets is Moreton Bay’s biggest food adventure starring over 40 Flavour Makers in customised shipping containers, surrounded by landscaped areas in a fully fenced dining precinct.
Bite Markets are throwing their support behind the local strawberry industry by providing a container space dedicated to Strawesome September, where local growers will come and showcase their fruit, sample the varieties they grow and let you buy the freshest strawberries around plucked direct from the farm that morning!
Bite Markets is open from 4pm to 10pm every Friday and Saturday. Take exit 150 off the Bruce Highway and turn into Nolan Drive at Morayfield for a culinary adventure for the whole family.
Charmaine & Ben Davey are a mother and son duo that run the picturesque Berry Patch farm deep in the fertile heart of Wamuran. The family has been growing strawberries there for many years and specialise in growing the newer varieties with exotic names like Red Rhapsody and Parisienne Kiss. All their fruit is carefully picked and packed by hand, before heading to shops across eastern Australia.
Mandy Schultz from Luvaberry is something of a local legend in the Caboolture area. Her and husband Adrian became accidental strawberry growers when their flower business became unviable and now grow 200,000 strawberry plants as well as finger limes. Mandy has single-handedly started to tackle the issue of fresh fruit food waste from her own and neighbouring farms, starting her very own war on waste. She now has a range of incredible products made from fruit that would otherwise be wasted.
Back in 1990, firm friends Merv & Marilyn Schiffke and Bryan & Jane Stothart bought adjacent Bellmere properties then combined their expertise and manpower to grow the best strawberries possible. Between both families, they now grow 2.5 million strawberry plants a year mainly sold under the Taste N’See brand and two generations of both families work in the farm business. Taste N’See fruit is picked, packed and graded by hand and then checked by quality assurance staff, before being transported to stores all over Australia.
Dianne West & her husband run the small, but perfectly formed Suncoast Harvest farm at Bells Creek near Beerwah. Their focus is on growing quality strawberries with great eating characteristics and a long shelf-life. Their fruit speaks for itself and the gorgeous flavour and juicy fruit texture is all achieved through loving their soil and nurturing the crop with natural products like seaweeds, beneficial organisms and worm juice extract.
Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse with the impressive bundle of vitamins and minerals found in a 150g serve of fresh Queensland strawberries (about 7 large, 13 medium or 19 small strawberries) great for your gut health, keeping your heart happy, naturally low in sugars and can help keep your immune system fighting fit!
There are over 100 Queensland strawberry growers, covering over 600 hectares of land. The majority of growers are located in the Moreton Bay region and up the Sunshine Coast
The Queensland strawberry industry produces about 110 million punnets of strawberries in an average year
All fresh Queensland strawberries are locally grown and lovingly picked and packed by hand under strict quality standards
Size does not determine flavour, so pick which ever size you prefer, little ones make great snack mouthfuls for the kids, but always look for strawberries that are firm, plump and fragrant with a glossy appearance and fresh looking green leafy caps
Strawberries pair well with sweet and savoury flavours including mint, ginger, balsamic vinegar, basil, chocolate, avocado, black pepper and rhubarb
Here are three ways that you can support our hard-working local Strawberry growers & their families;
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