Tomatoes on the vine
Nana Glen tomato grower Yvonne Bromley is the first Coffs Coast Growers Market stallholder of the month.
Mrs Bromley has been selected by the market committee to represent the market for January.
Representing a summer month is ironic for Mrs Bromley, who has to put up with heat of up to 50C under the plastic roofs of her hydroponic tomato growing igloos at Nana Glen during summer.
But she said Bromley tomatoes were 'better cared for than me' with fans to cool them in summer, heaters to warm the fussy fruit in winter, careful ventilation and plenty of water.
Yvonne Bromley, her husband, Graham 'Noddy' Bromley, and son, Troy, have been growing vine-ripened hydroponic tomatoes on their farm at Nana Glen for six years 'and we've just started to get it right', Mrs Bromley said.
Two years ago, a hail storm with hailstones the size of golf balls almost wiped out their igloos.
While they sell most of their crop in Sydney as gourmet truss tomatoes, they were one of the first growers to set up their stall at the Growers Market and also have a roadside stall on the Orara Way.
'Bromley mob' tomatoes will be on sale again at the next Coffs Coast Growers Market on February 3 and Yvonne Bromley will be happy to sell you some.