Eggcellent win for Junabee family farm
IN THE face of grain supply drying up, one Warwick farming family has beaten the odds as their produce lands on the shelves of a Warwick supermarket.
Watson Family Produce is an organic egg farm in Junabee.
Selling in Brisbane and Toowoomba, the family knew they wanted to sell within Warwick supermarkets, but were have troubling breaking into the scene.
However, after discussion with IGA owner Frank Spano, the family will officially begin selling in Warwick’s own Spano’s SUPA IGA.
Matt Watson said he was excited about what this could mean for the business.
“It’s just a big step forward as we want to keep our produce local when we can,” Mr Watson said.
“Fingers crossed people will get behind us.”
Like many other producers in the region, drought had not come without its own obstacles to branching out.
For the family, limited water and grain was a huge concern.
In fact, Mr Watson said organic grain could now cost up to $1500 a tonne.
“Its very close to impossible to get grain,” Mr Watson said.
“Even our organic grain at the moment is not certified organic because the drought has zapped everyone.”
That’s why, Mr Watson said the young family needed local support for the venture.
“If we’re successful in Warwick, they are willing to stock us in more Spano’s SUPA IGAs. It could be a very big step forward if locals could get behind it.
“You might have to pay more but it goes straight back to our pocket and keeps our family going.”