If it’s fresh, locally grown fruit and vegies you’re after, Cam and Melissa Booker of Sefton are your go-to team. The couple has been growing, harvesting and selling their delicious produce at farmers’ markets throughout Canterbury for years, as well as delivering pre-ordered boxes full of fresh fruit and vegetables to loyal customers as far afield as Fairlie.
Known for their super-tasty, super-fresh seasonal produce, the couple and their busy team offer over 50 crops: everything from potatoes, cabbage, silverbeet, carrots, rainbow chard, pears and brussels sprouts in the cooler months, to strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, capsicum, asparagus and peas in the spring and summer.
Whilst they’ve long been a closely-held secret of North Cantabrians and those who attend the Ohoka, Lyttelton, Amberley and Mt Pleasant farmers’ markets, Covid-19 thrust Grown into the spotlight. Deemed an essential service, the business’s home delivery boxes suddenly boomed from around 60 pre-lockdown to around 350 per week during Alert Level 4. Whilst demand has cooled a little since, the Grown name is now well and truly out there. With a whole new customer base who have discovered the joy and ease of a weekly delivery box of fresh, local produce and the reopening of all the farmers’ markets, the team are flat out doing what they do best: growing, harvesting and delivering to the people of Canterbury.