Logan’s green growers on show at the Ekka

Published: 13 Aug 2014

In a first for the city, Logan growers will be front and centre at this year's Ekka.

Logan City Council has partnered with a variety of local growers to highlight the little known fact that the region generates a wealth of fresh produce.

In fact, Logan growers supply to many major national businesses including Coles and Sizzler.

Governance, Finance and Economic Development Chairperson, Councillor Luke Smith (Division 6) said the amount of green space in Logan was a little known fact, but was quickly becoming a drawcard for visitors.

"The City of Logan is made up of 63 suburbs covering 957 square kilometres – and almost 80 percent of that area is rural, semi-rural or conservation," he said.

"We have an abundance of local farmers and growers who produce tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables every week and, for the first time, they'll be able to show off their produce at the Ekka.

"Logan offers a varied, vibrant and delicious culinary landscape. Our multicultural diversity, as well as our rich agriculture in regional areas just minutes from the centre of Logan, means we can offer a range of fresh produce, from cucumbers to mushrooms and strawberries as well as herbs and spices."

On display at the Ekka stand are Logan's food market, the Global Food Village, the Berry Patch, Kenon Corporation which grow mushrooms, Riverview Herbs, N T Fresh which grow cucumbers and Beenleigh Rum Distillery.

"The City of Logan is fast becoming a destination for food tourism," Cr Smith said.

"Visitors can spend a day here picking their own strawberries straight from the farm or enjoying the tasty strawberry treats in the farm shop, visiting the cellar door at Beenleigh Rum Distillery as well as enjoying international street style cuisine and fresh produce at the Global Food Village in Woodridge."

When visiting the Ekka, check out the City of Logan growers stand in the Sunny Queens Farms Agriculture Pavilion.

A show bag will be available for purchase for $5 from the stand. The bag will include a recipe book featuring local growers, a mushroom kit and instruction card, a punnet of strawberries, herbs and more. The funds raised from the show bags will be returned to the growers.

The Ekka starts today and runs until Sunday 17 August.

Logan's growers are being showcased at Ekka this year.