Seasonal & Reg Stallholder Features: Achacha + Olive Grove Trading

During 2020, Northside Produce Market celebrates it’s 21st year of trading. We couldn’t have done it without all of the dedicated North Sydney Community Centre staff and volunteers, our wonderful customers and of course all of our fabulous stallholders. Throughout the year we will feature some of the stallholders so that you can discover a little more of their story.

Stallholder: Achacha

The Achacha is a tropical fruit in the Garcinia family which originated in the Amazon Basin. The plantation in North Queensland is on the same latitude as that area in South America and it was established in 2003. It is the world’s first commercial Achacha plantation and still the largest one. Eight years ago, Helen Hill and her husband Bruce decided to transition to regenerative agriculture and biodynamic growing methods. To introduce a new fruit nobody had ever heard of, was a huge challenge. Farmers markets are an ideal location for people to taste the fruit, learn the easy opening technique, ask questions about best storage methods and how to make the refreshing drink from the fruit’s skin. “In 2011, we had our first stall at Northside Produce Market and although we’re seasonal which may mean we only hold 1 or 2 stalls a year, we really enjoy the market, it’s location, variety of friendly stall holders, enthusiastic market goers and we now have a pretty faithful growing band of supporters”says Helen.

Stallholder: Olive Grove Trading

The family owned and operated Robinvale Estate is located in Robinvale in far north-west Victoria on the mighty Murray River. Says Glenda Gallace, “my husband Ralph and I run the business, supported by our daughter Kim and our three sons Adam, Steven and Mark. The first olive trees were planted on our estate in 1946 and then in the 1990s, we began producing olive oil. After competing successfully against many other Australian Oils, we decided to develop an exciting, secondary range of ready-to-serve dressings and balsamic.  We are inspired by what is local and fresh. Johnson Phillip has been selling the award winning range from his stall at Northside since 2013 which now includes 8 dressings, 5 flavoured olive oils, 10 caramelised balsamics & 7 pickled olives. pastes, tapenades and preserves. “It has been a very rewarding experience so far and I take pride in the fact it is grown and made in Australia”