This week we welcome a new stall to our Farmers Market – Eko Fruits. They will be bringing cherries, avocados and almonds and will be adding stone fruit as it ripens in the coming weeks.
Below is a little from them about their story and growing practices:
Eko Fruits of Renmark, South Australia was first established in the mid 50’s by Jim Logos. Jim was the son of the first Greek migrant to settle in the Riverland in 1927. Jim’s property of 16 hectares like most initially contained only citrus trees of oranges, mandarins and lemons. Jim’s son-in-law, Bill Ekonomopoulos became owner and operator of the property in 1980.
Eko Fruits prides itself on first-grade quality produce grown to environmentally sensitive principles. Using the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest-management means we manage pests and weeds in an environmentally friendly manner, using naturally derived pesticides. In fact scores of beehives are kept scattered throughout the property with our bees utilised for natural tree pollination.
Bill has worked hard to bring Eko Fruits to what it is today, trialling the agriculture of a variety of different fruits and nuts. We currently grow avocados, apricots, nectarines, peaches, cherries, oranges, almonds and grapes. The warmer climate in the Riverland means our customers can enjoy some of the earliest cherries and stone fruit to ripen Australia-wide. With the help of his three sons, he hopes to keep the Eko Fruits family property thriving for many generations to come. We hope you enjoy our produce as much as we enjoy growing it!