Market Tales

The Pop-Up Salad Bar

In September,  Gecko Grove held our first ever Pop Up Salad Bar at the Laidley Spring Festival.

We were invited by Lockyer Valley Council Business Development staff to make a stall at the new Neilsen’s Centre as part of the Laidley Spring Festival. The Neilsen’s Centre has previously housed a store, a movie theatre and a library.   After the second floods the Council decided to relocate the library and to instead create a local Business Incubator.  The space is fantastic with movable dividers to create little individual pockets, that can be swung back to create a big open hall.

Now we like a challenge at Gecko Grove so rather then merely sell our preserves in a new venue, we decided to branch out with a salad bar selling fresh local produce.

What I loved about this project was being able to create a menu from 100% local producers.  The Heirloom Tomatoes were from my friend UB near Helidon (see him at Toowoomba Farmer’s Market), the delicious Seed Mix from Mormor Foods (can be found at the Mulgowie Markets or Toowoomba Farmer’s Market), the feta from Emmo’s Feta (also at the Mulgowie Markets), additional vegetables from the Forest Hill Farm Store and all cakes and muffins made by Tanya’s Treats in Gatton.  And of course all the preserves were from us!

Big thanks to all our helpers for the event. We had so much support from relevant Council staff and local suppliers. I especially want to thank  my friend Pam Green who helped on Thursday and Friday, my daughter Jess who was visiting from Germany and my darling husband Allan who always manages great sales of our Chilli products! And of course thankyou to all the customers .


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