Family-owned Harris Farm Markets has opened the flavorful doors of its first Gold Coast store: in Via Roma on the Isle of Capri.
Covering 1,500 m², the store on the island of Capri houses more than 500 ranges of fruit and vegetables, a gourmet grocery section of local products, a delicatessen, more than 400 cheeses, a top-of-the-range butcher’s shop with nine butchers at your fingertips. main, a market fishmonger and a superb bakery thanks to Bread Social. Here’s a look at what shoppers can expect (more opening day images available on request):
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – more than 500 ranges of fruit and vegetables including organic products. Some local fruit and vegetable favorites are Little Acre, our gourmet mushroom supplier from Brisbane, Straws from Sunshine Coast & Caboolture, Avos from Toowoomba (in season now!) and crisp lettuce and celery from Redland.
CHEESE WALK – more than 400 cheeses, including a range of vegan and local stars Barambah, Woombye, Olympus and Casa Motta among others.
SOCIAL BREAD – the famous Bread Social in Tweed Heads and Byron Bay have a counter. Dramatically, the bread will be baked daily on the mezzanine level and will fall like a waterfall of bread down to the ground floor!
FROM MILK TO SPRING – Queensland’s award-winning Maleny Dairy, Barambah Organics milk from the QLD/NSW border region and almond milk from Mandole Orchard on Tap!
HONEY IN BARREL – the famous and famous of the Gold Coast BioSota Manuka Family Honey will be liquid gold in the store, with four taps for customers to make their own!
NUT BUTTERS – Self-service Almond, Peanut and Cashew Butter. Customers can choose the nuts and make the nut butter in-store, without adding anything else!
IMPERFECT PEAKS – this is Harris Farm’s seasonal range of fruit and vegetables which may not look perfect on the outside but are still so perfect and full of flavor on the inside. The Imperfect Picks program helps reduce the fact that *25% of Australian crops currently never leave the farm because they are a little, shall we say, unappealing and don’t meet the visual specifications of some supermarkets and consumers!
REUSABLE CHOICES – a delicious new line of products that gives a second life to fruits, vegetables and groceries! Every year Australians throw away 7.3 million tonnes of food.
PLANT RANGE – over 150 plant-based products including Bite Me Fine Foods, Golden Falafel, Suzy Spoon, The Green Lion, Veglicious Kitchen and Wildly Good.
NUTS AND SANITARY FOODS – a range of nearly 50 nuts and seeds, and over 16 health foods including organic pioneers Naked Byron Foods and Farmer Jo, both from Mullumbimby!
BULK COFFEE – a range of bulk coffee beans from the local Lund Coffee Roaster.
GOOD MEAT BUTCHER – is home to 9 in-house butchers offering cut-to-order meats (encouraging nose-to-tail eats) from locally sourced livestock, including Casino-based Spring Grove Fresh Food Company and Hobbs Organic Chicken Farm in Pittsworth.
FAMILY FISH – A traditional Australian fishmonger, owned and operated by the Papacosta family since 1976. In season, FNQ wild barramundi, Great Barrier Reef coral trout as well as local fresh tiger prawns.
LOCAL STARS – some of South East Queensland’s leading food names in Roza Sauces, Frozen Sunshine Ice Blocks, Sweet Nectar Desserts, My Berries and Edible Flowers, among others.
The store pays homage to the Gold Coast through its design and art installations, which include over 200 buoys painted by students from Surfers Paradise State School and murals by contemporary Gold Coast artist Kiel Tillman
Harris Farm Markets co-CEO Tristan Harris, one of three Harris sons who now run the business after parents David and Cathy Harris retired, said he was delighted to finally open on the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast holds a special place in our hearts as we have spent so much time there as a family on holiday and can now open on the Isle of Capri, in the heart of a town that values their fruit and veg. fresh, and the food stories so strongly, is really exciting,” Tillman said.
“We are delighted to share that we have employed over 70 local staff.“
In November 2020, Harris Farm Markets opened its first store in Queensland, after a 30-year absence from the state.
This Clayfield Markets store was the original site Harris Farm owned 30 years ago before selling it to Carlo and Susan Lorenti who ran a produce market, and in a full circle story Harris Farm bought it back and Carlo and Susan stayed on as managers.
The flagship store opened in West Village in the West End in July this year and when the Isle of Capri store opens in November, over 300 locals will be employed across the three Queensland stores, and food from over of 320 Queensland producers will be showcased.