Trena and Layton Waugh at the Steve Waugh’s Fruit and Veg store at Southside Town Centre.
Trena and Layton Waugh at the Steve Waugh’s Fruit and Veg store at Southside Town Centre. Renee Pilcher

Eat locally-grown vegies

THE distance a typical shopping basket of food travels from farm to plate is almost two loops of the globe - a staggering 70,000km.

Choosing locally-produced, seasonal and organic fruit and veg means you're helping to reduce carbon emissions while eating fresher, tastier food that has been grown by a farmer near you.

The easiest way to do this is to shop at your local farmers' market or at Steve Waugh's Fruit and Veg in the new Southside shopping centre.

The Waughs have been farming small crops for 30 years at their own farms at Glastonbury and Widgee for 25 and 10 years respectively.

Trena said up until recently, most of their produce had been sold at farmers' markets and supplied to businesses.

Steve and his wife Trena were well known identities at their vegetable stall, every Sunday, at Noosa Farmers Market. The jewels in their combined crowns were Steve's long-standing contract to supply green beans to Qantas airlines and Trena's skill in growing heirloom tomatoes.

They have won several champion awards for home vegetable growers at the Gympie Show and were most proud of their son Layton, who had taken an interest in the business, helping to manage the new store.

Trena said the whole team was focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction along the chain, from the farm to the shelf.

"We will do everything we can to meet your expectations," she said.

"Our high-quality produce is supplied to you, the consumer, fresh daily. We've been farming for over 30 years and are dedicated to growing and picking fresh seasonal produce.

"We also stock fresh fruits, vegetables and other condiments from local farmers within the area.

"Come check us out at the Southside Town Centre in Gympie - you will be amazed."

Our high- quality produce is supplied to you, the consumer, fresh daily. We've been farming for over 30 years and are dedicated to growing and picking fresh seasonal produce

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