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TAS Country : April 26th 2012
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 27, 2012 Tassie's produce is best in show ROGER HANSON SHE'LL BE APPLES: Fruit growers Mark and Christine Duggan with their produce. GRAB an apple or pear and eat it -- that's the message coming loud and clear from Tasmanian growers. Slices of fresh apples and pears grown by Mark and Christine Duggan, of Cradoc, and fruit from Hansen Orchards, of Grove, will feature at an Agfest industry stall on site M29. This is the second year Tasman- ian fruit growers have had a Agfest stall. Mr Duggan said: ''We have a clear message at Agfest, and at any other time of the year, and that is for Tasmanians to grab an apple and eat it. ''Tasmanian growers need Tasmanians to eat the high quality fruit we have in this state.'' Tasmania accounts for 18 per cent of the total Australian apple production and 65 per cent of total Australian exports. Mr Duggan said the stall was supported by Fruit Growers of Tasmania. ''We want people to visit us and sample fresh fruit,'' he said. ''We always get two questions that we feel needs to be clarified: Is this fruit last year's fruit and has it been kept in the cool store? ''We welcome people asking these questions so we can explain to them what the real truth is. ''We will even try to problem- solve any queries they have about their own fruit trees.'' The stall will sell apples and pears in 2kg bags and 7kg crates. There will be plenty of variety on offer: Red and Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, JonaGold, Fuji, Pink Lady and Granny Smith, grown on Duggan's orchard on the Huon River, and the new Jazz variety grown at Hansen Orchards in the Huon Valley. ''We are going out all guns blazing to have fresh apple juice available at the stall,'' Mr Duggan said. ''It will be great to have the fresh apple or pear there and then be able to get it as fresh juice.'' The fresh apple juice will be available to customers in 300ml or 2L take-home bottles. ''Not everyone wants a cup of coffee or tea for their break so the juice will be a great alternative. Or you can just grab an apple or pear and munch on that as you walk around the Agfest sites,'' he said. Juicy pear varieties Beurre Bosc, Packham Triumph and Win- ter Cole will be on offer. The Packham Triumph is the most widely grown pear in Aus- tralia -- and the Packham is a good all-purpose pear. Beurre Bosc is regarded by leading Australian fruit exporters as the ''best in the world'', Mr Duggan said, and Tasmanian Beurre Bosc pears exhibit excel- lent uniform brown pigmentation. Winter Cole, not to be confused with its ''poorer cousin Winter Nails'', thrives in the cooler cli- mate of Tasmania. That variety of pear is popular here -- and outsells other, better- known, varieties. ''We really want people to know the quality of fruit and how good our apple industry is,'' he said. Tasmania has a sound repu- tation for clean, green product with Tasmanian apple and pear growers world leaders in minimis- ing the use of chemicals. Site M29 on Main St 2012 12C Mertonvale Circuit, Kingston 7050 Phone 6239 3800 Hand made award winning recipe Biscuits all shapes and sizes DIY house and decorating kits Special Mother s Day gift boxes Web: tasgingerbread.com C ULTURAL SOCIETY OF TASM ANI A FINE FOOD AWARDS RONZE MEDAL FINE FOOD AWARDS CULTURAL SOCIETY OF TASM ANI A ILVER EDAL T HE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF TAS MA NIA 2009 FINE FOOD AWARDS GOLD MEDAL ICULTURAL SOCIETY OFTA SM AN IA 0 FINE FOOD AWARDS RONZE MEDAL T HE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SO CIETY OF TAS MA N IA 2011 FINE FOOD AWARDS BRONZE MEDAL ICULTURAL SOCIETY OFTASM ANIA FINE FOOD AWARDS ILVER EDAL 2010 FINE FOOD AWARDS T HE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY O FT ASMANIA GOLD MEDAL Catch us in the Agfest Craft Pavillion, site D17. 2050097-120427 Its all about the Meat! Dorpers & White Dorpers tick all the boxes. President: Secretary: Email: Andrea van Niekerk 0409 333 240 Danielle McIntosh 0411 638 346 firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Region Contacts www.dorper.com Visit us at our AGFEST Site M105 Low Maintenance High Growth Rate High Fertility Great Mothering Increased Profits On display at AGFEST, visit us at site S66 South Street. Colorado TheALL NEW Re-invented from the ground up, the all-new Colorado features... www.motors.com.au LMVT #3338 Burnie 60 Marine Terrace Ph. 6431 1122 Devonport 1 Don Road Ph. 6420 4500 Launceston 170 Elizabeth Street Ph. 6332 9101 Hobart 195 Macquarie Street Ph. 6230 7300 IS COMING TO AGFEST!
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