Fresh food on Flinders Island appeals to all

PRODUCE: Flinders Island Fresh retail manager Duane Lines surrounded by local food and beverages. Pictures: Paul ScamblerFlinders Island residents are making the most ofarable conditions and an abundance of produce opportunities.

Flinders Island Fresh cultivatestheisland’s rich array of culinary offeringsat theFlinders Island Fresh shop, which openedat the beginning of April.

Products rangefrom locally made hot sauce sourced from chillies in a local’s garden to Tasmanian wine to locally baked fresh bread.

The store also stocks popular delicious pre-made meals, which render cooking simple for visitors and locals, so they have more time to explore.

Flinders Island Freshretail manager Duane Lines said locals had been keen to get involved, andWhitemark residents oftenwandered down with vegetables from their gardens to contribute.

“Everybody’s getting into the habit of bringing stuff in and we’re getting some great produce,” Mr Lines said.

He said locals were happy toprovide feedback on the shop’s products.

“We’ve incorporated so many more new products purely because we’vehad so many people who want to help grow the business by giving us their feedback,” Mr Lines said.

He moved to Flinders Island with his family in 2015 from Queensland, looking for an interesting location which would give his family an ideal upbringing.

Having formerly been in the coffee business in Queensland, he said and was excited to embrace the growing produce industry on Flinders Island.

The store stocks Straitwater, another endeavour by locals aiming to bottle the island’s pure essence.

The idea that the Roaring Forties winds pushes the freshest water onto Flinders Island underpins the product.

Fresh rainwater is collected and packaged in environmentally friendly reusable bottles.

The water is used with Furneaux Coffee to make Flinders Island Fresh shop’scoffees.

“I’m using the Furneaux Coffee and pulling water straight from Straitwater so I’m getting great coffee, the best water in the world,” Mr Lines said.

Prior to opening the shop, Flinders Island Fresh focused on catering events and its online business.

Flinders Island Fresh co-owner and operator Jo Youl said the business was “really interested in promoting local producers”.

“We’ve had a whole lot of people come out of the woodwork and do these really great things [since the shop],” Mrs Youl said.

The shop isat3 Walker Street, Whitemark andis open Monday to Friday 8am to4pm and Saturday 9am to 11am.

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