(Back, from left) Stuart McColl, Sandy Georgaras, Gus Tall, and Chris Taylor; (front) Harvey and Ashlin McColl. Photo by Laura Green
By Laura Green
Jan 25, 2022
More than 170 people visited the Kagome pick-a-box day at Moonee Valley Farm at the weekend, where the NSW Rural Fire Service also held an information stall.
The farm, on Avalon Rd off Birganbigil Rd (toward Mayrung) was brimming with the vine-ripened tomatoes. Despite it being the first event Kagome has held in the Deniliquin area, the numbers showcased its popularity.
‘‘It’s a really good turnout — every year we do this near Echuca but this is the first time we’ve brought it to Deni,’’ executive assistant for field operations Sandy Geargoras said.
Ms Georgaras said the event was a helpful way to familiar residents near and far of what a tomato farm is truly like.
“Often people see it out the window of their car, but they’re not familiar with it,’’ she said.
Every harvest season, between February to mid-April, Kagome processes 200,000 tonnes of tomatoes across its farms.
The variety at Moonee Valley Farm, similar to Roma tomatoes and known as 3402, is perfect for making into tomato sauces, chutneys, and relishes.
Guests were charged $10 per box, with funds raised being donated to the Deniliquin Health Service, with Kagome matching the amount raised.
Austin Worthing and NSW RFS Mid Murray operations officer Gerard James in a firetruck at Moonee Valley Farm. Photo by Laura Green