Norm Harth sells locally produced fruit at the foot of Mt Jim Crow.
Norm Harth sells locally produced fruit at the foot of Mt Jim Crow. Kathryn Greensill

Fruit seller keen for summer

MT CHALMERS' Norm Harth welcomed the start of the tropical fruit season, but perhaps not as much as one fruit seller in Brisbane.

A charity auction to mark the beginning of the season saw the first tray of Queensland mangoes sell for $50,000.

Norm doesn't expect to make quite that much from any of his fruit.

“I'd be lucky if I made $5 for a tray,” Norm laughed.

The 59-year-old can be found most days at the foot of Mt Jim Crow on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road, with his trailer full of fruit and veg for sale.

“I buy from local farms,” Norm said.

“Most of it is either local or unavailable locally.”

Though he buys a lot of the produce he sells, Norm grows his own pawpaws and said they were coming into season.

“In winter it's bad, the cold makes the sap stop flowing and causes lots of diseases,” Norm said.

“As it warms up the sap starts flowing again. With summer comes the rain and it's really good for pawpaws.”

Norm was looking forward to the summer season as it brings in some of his biggest sellers.

“If you have lychees on your sign it really makes people stop.”

Norm said his days spent by the roadside are usually slow, especially compared to the markets.

“The Yeppoon markets are open on a Sunday from 6am to 9am and in terms of good fresh fruit and veg it's the place to go.”



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