Tingoora producers growing business online
TINGOORA business owners Rowly and Cynthia Bendall are taking a fresh approach to selling produce.
Rowly and Cynthia started A Taste of Tingoora in 2010 and they have now taken the business to Facebook.
The pair have a strong connection to farming and since purchasing their Tingoora property in 2010 they have worked hard at building their business.
"We were looking after properties out west until we moved here to Tingoora. I grew a little patch of vegetables initially, and I've always grown asparagus," Rowly said.
"As our asparagus sales developed, people were asking us what else we had.
"We then settled into producing potatoes, cucumbers, baby melons, pumpkins and so on. Now we're doing baby beets, carrots and some radish."
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Although they're now promoting the business on Facebook, the pair has been selling produce for years.
"About four years ago we joined the forum for South Burnett produce, and there was a lady called Amanda who had an award-winning cafe in Bundaberg, before moving to Hampton," Rowly said.
"She was actually our mentor and helped us to understand what people needed in the area. Her cafe had a menu that needed some continuity of supply, as well as some other requests.
"Because of these requests, we began to branch out. We're now doing artichokes and different types of potatoes, which we'd never grown before, so we're always learning."
Rowly is now very excited to be promoting his produce Facebook.
"It's really exciting to now be on Facebook to help our produce branch out. It's pleasurable because our work keeps us occupied when we're producing something. Now we'll hopefully get more customers," he said.
"Either way, we enjoy what we're doing, and that's what makes it worthwhile."