Berry little to pick from
BERRY addicts will be bitting into far fewer juicy treats this season, with one of the biggest producers scaling back production and another shutting down.
Bargara Berries owners Bob and Lynn Hay have reduced production this year from 65,000 plants to 10,000 plants - and the strawberries are selling out fast each day.
The decision to scale back production was made because of the demands of the busy cafe and difficulties keeping pickers.
"Towards the end of last year we had two pickers and we needed four,'' Mr Hay said.
"We are always chasing people. We can get pickers no worries, but within a couple of weeks they are gone.
"It takes about two weeks for us to train them on how to pick properly.
"We have our hands full with the other side of the business - it just keeps getting busier and busier.''
Mr Hay said the berries were selling out fast at the start of the season.
"Everything was sold in about an hour this morning,'' Mr Hay said. "We do not have a lot for sale at the moment, but when the season gets going in another three to four weeks we will have more.''
But while those who turn up at the Hughes Road business looking for fruit may be satisfied, the business will not be selling elsewhere.
"Last year we sold a lot of berries to the IGA supermarkets in Bundaberg and elsewhere,'' Mr Hay said.
Bargara Berries is for sale and Mr and Mrs Hay are hoping to sell the business and retire.
David Slaughter stopped production after selling his farm.