Salads at Palmwoods owner Marnee Stinton has started selling produce direct to the public. PHOTO: Warren Lynam
Salads at Palmwoods owner Marnee Stinton has started selling produce direct to the public. PHOTO: Warren Lynam

‘It’s survival of the fittest’: New venture ready to fight

THE coronavirus crisis has been another devastating blow to a local farming business which has endured ongoing challenges since its opening.

Taken over by Marnee Stinton and her husband eight months ago, Salads at Palmwoods grows lettuce and herbs across a hectare of hydroponic tables.

Mrs Stinton said running her dream farm had been a rocky road.

"We had a terribly long, hot summer which wasn't ideal for growing the crops that we do, and we got through that only to be sucker punched with COVID-19," she said.

"So, it has been a tough trail up 'til now, but we are hoping to get through it all."

After losing most of her customer base to coronavirus closures, Mrs Stinton said she was determined to endure the crisis.

"It's going to be survival of the fittest, so we have our running gear on," she said.

"We have picked up the bull by the horns and we have started our farmgate sale.

"We are currently selling a Palmy Box which is a mixture of heads of lettuce, bunches of herbs and a bok choy.

"We sell a one kilo salad mix and we are also trialling a leafy box which is bags of lettuce red and green oak salad mix and spinach."

After 30 years of farming experience in both Australia and overseas, the small business owner said owning her own farm became her dream job.

"This is our first business venture," she said.

"We have done it for lots of other people, so we are trying to do it here.

"It's wonderful to be growing lettuce and herbs which makes salad, which in this climate really is delicious."

Mrs Stinton encouraged the community to shop locally.

"We certainly have seen a significant dip in the number of our sales … but we've had an amazing response … people are very kind coming to support us and lots of local business have also been very supporting which is good to see," she said.

For more information visit Salads at Palmwoods Facebook page.


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