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Buyers snap up Batlow apples on roadside stall

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New season apples were in high demand at Batlow over the weekend, as passersby stocked up on fresh-off-the-tree fruit that is good for you, stores well and far better to subsist on in a crisis than toilet paper.

APAL director and Batlow grower Greg Mouat runs a roadside stall at the orchard and said they experienced a bumper weekend.

“It always goes well at this time of year,” Greg said.

“But we’ve had a great weekend, lot of people through, fruit going left, right and centre. Maybe people just wanted to get out of the supermarkets.”

The Batlow experience reflects reports domestically and internationally of  surge in demand for fresh fruit and vegetables as consumers prepare for the possibility of long periods at home due to movement restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Greg said sales ranged from bags of 1-2kg, to a couple of 10kg boxes of new season Gala and some Jonathon.

“We’ve had some rain and, apart from the burnt areas, the Batlow area is looking beautiful and green,” he said.

“We get people from Wagga, Tumut and some passing through from Sydney.

“There are still some people looking around at the fires, but year on year we are getting more.

“People are just a bit more mobile and they like to get out.”

An estimated $74 million damage was caused by the recent bushfires, to go with recent drought and hailstorm affected areas across the country.

APAL and growers have been meeting with state and federal agencies in order to access support for bushfire-affected businesses.

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