Mortimer's Farm still selling bags of sweet potatoes
FOR 13 years bags of sweet potatoes have been available directly from the Mortimer's Farm gate on the side of Bargara Rd.
With a loyal customer base, owners Shana and Russell Mortimer want the community to know the golden, fresh vegetables are still available, despite the couple being required to move the stall inside the property's boundary.
The move comes after a complaint was lodged with the Department of Transport and Main Roads following a traffic incident near the front of the farm.
"Main Roads have asked us to close or move the stall and we're busy moving it to inside the property," Mrs Mortimer said.
"Our main concern is a lot of our clients are pulling up and they are very confused by the changes. Also we just want to really clarify that it's moved and that it will be better. The sweet potatoes will be in a weather proof container.
"When you come off Bargara Rd, cars will come into the driveway between the large rocks and be able to veer to the left. Then they will just be in and out like a drive through and around.
"We are a working farm so we have tractors and so forth coming in so we've had to make it as safe as possible for everyone."
Mrs Mortimer said they wanted to continue to sell sweet potatoes directly to the public as a service to the community.
"Our main business is supplying sweet potatoes to our agents in Sydney who on supply to Woolworths so it's certainly not a major component of our business," she said.
"But we've been doing it for so long now and have a clientele and fantastic support of customers that we continue to do it.
"I believe it's one of the attractions of the area. We get a lot of caravaners pulling up and our sweet potatoes end up all over the country."
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport and Main Roads said the department requested the stall be moved following a car crash.
"After a recent crash on Bundaberg-Bargara Rd near the stall, a concerned member of the community asked if the sweet potato stall was in a safe location," she said.
"An investigation found that the stall was within the road corridor and didn't have a Road Corridor Permit.
"A safety assessment of traffic at the stall and a nearby property concluded that moving the stall would improve safety.
"The stall owner agreed to relocate the stall to a safe location that didn't require a permit."