Know your farmer. A simple model for sourcing produce. A simple model for quality control. A simple model for an exciting new venue.
This is the first in a series of stories exploring the locally grown food and produce that will stock our fridges and pantry at Plenty and the farmers we are getting to know in the process.
Kurt Robertson, owner of Robertson’s Hydroponics, knows his greens.
For the past 17 years Kurt has honed his craft in Toowoomba on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, focusing on a small range of quality produce.
“We basically grow four baby leaf productions, that’s mesclun, spinach, rocket, watercress and we also do grow specialty herbs, all hydroponically grown,” he said.
“we grow in our own specially created potting mix and all undercover.”
At age 17 Kurt had saved enough money from working on a farm to build seven of his own tables (an area for growing crop) and slowly saw his business grow.
“I worked seven days a week and put back into the business and now we are running 150 tables and growing,” he said.
A recent expansion has seen Robertson’s begin to supply their produce directly to venues, something Kurt sees real benefit in.
“When we were selling direct to wholesalers you don’t get a lot of feedback, they’re more about the dollar value,” he said.
“Selling directly to cafes and restaurants has provided real feedback that has helped us provide consistent quality produce.”
Sharing an ethos of sustainability and wholesome offerings, Robertson’s Hydroponics are just one of many local producers helping Plenty to forge links between our city community and our regional farmers.
“I love doing it, it’s not a job to me it’s my garden and it’s a lifestyle,” he said.
Plenty, West End. Know Your Farmer.