Don’t be fooled by the name. This business at 41 Main Road, Woodside, offers more than fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s such a hive of activity. Bustling with energy and aromas as people with purpose deal with the fresh deliveries of fish, bread, fruit and vegetables. And to add to your shopping experience, there are local cheeses, small goods, antipasto, nuts, sweets, Tweedvale milk and cream. But their diversity doesn’t stop there, they also do party catering, platters and make fresh lunches and salads too.
Rick Bramley and Mary Woodward, both Woodside residents, opened the shop in August 2008 due to a need that they saw within the community. Mary is excited to support the wonderful Adelaide Hills produce, keeping a local focus wherever possible. But if it’s something exotic you require, they use the Pooraka Markets in Adelaide and have many other ways of sourcing produce, you just need to ask.
And let’s not forget the free parking. It doesn’t sound like such a big deal, but off-street parking just might turn out to be that gem of an idea separating this business from all else. Lack of parking is one reason why people may not stop and shop in small towns, but Mary and Rick have solved this problem by bravely converting half of their store into an undercover parking space for at least 8 cars, with a further 25 out the back. It’s a drive through situation, so there’s no messy parallel parking, reversing or cursing! They even allow their customers to leave their cars, while shopping at other local businesses, such as the butcher over the road. If you choose to use this fabulous resource, the opening is within the same building, right next door, clearly marked, “PARKING”.
Don’t forget your fresh fish order for Easter. Call Mary on 8389 7109 who will be happy to help with any enquiries. They are open 7 days a week from 9am – 7 pm, Monday to Friday; 9am – 6pm, Saturdays and 10-4pm, Sundays.
Employee, Merryn Pickett of Harrogate.
Story and photos by Kendrea Rhodes.