Hand picked fresh and dried stone fruit from a 2,500 tree family property
Mark and Taryn Grieger’s property lies on a picturesque stretch of the Murray River 11km north of Swan Reach. Mark’s family have lived on the property since 1899. Today Mark and Taryn with their three children, Joel, Emma and Karl run Cooinda Proprietors with 624 hectares of fruit trees, cropping land, stock and native mallee.
The farm has 400 citrus trees, over 2300 stone fruit trees, and more than 30 fig trees supplying fruit to the city via the markets all year round. Seasonal fruit availability is:
- Apricots: November – January
- Peaches: November – April
- Nectarines and peacherines: November – February
- Plums: November – February
- Citrus (Washington navels, late lane navels, lemons, mandarins): July – November
- Figs: December – April
The handpicked fruit includes: apricots, peaches, pears, nectarines and figs. All fruit is inspected, washed and washed, dried on the property. Sulphur dioxide is used as a preservative. However, there is also a preservative-free line of dried apricots and figs.
“This is one of the best regions in Australia for growing stone fruit”, says Mark.
Mark uses minimal sprays and biological controls to manage pests and disease. He also uses under-tree micro sprinklers minimise water use without disrupting quality. An organic-based fertiliser helps keep the soil fed and the fruit healthy.
Cooinda Proprietors also sell wholesale through greengrocers and every Sunday (fortnightly between April and July) Mark is outside at the Adelaide Farmers’ Market.