Happy healthy Christmas: Farmer Tom at a bustling city market in the countdown to Christmas.
Happy healthy Christmas: Farmer Tom at a bustling city market in the countdown to Christmas. Trevor Veale

Benefits of buying local

THERE are many benefits to buying local this Christmas, along with freshness and flavour, knowing where your food is grown adds an element of familiarity.

That was evident yesterday as locals braved the rain to swamp the weekly Coffs Produce Markets and support Coffs Coast producers like Tom and Krista Passlow.

“You can’t beat local produce. We picked last night and because it’s so fresh the flavour is 100 per cent different.

“Stone fruit’s selling brilliantly, along with eggs, beans and spinach, but everything is selling well. We’ve had a great morning, and nearly sold out,” he said.

Dudley and Eva Quirk have lived in Coffs Harbour for more than 50 years and have known farmer Tom for 45 of those.

“We buy local all year round but are looking forward to a fresh Christmas lunch. We’ll wake up to a cup of coffee from ‘David’s Fine Coffees’, have prawns from ‘It’s Wild Seafood’, and local salads from Tom,” Eva said.



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