16 years ago when Malcolm and Janet Aitken started their hydroponics gourmet lettuce concern, they were pioneers in this field. Originally they were sheep and cattle farmers until a bad back forced them to look for an alternative.
Mal said that they had been interested in the idea of hydroponics for a long time and from small beginnings, they now have a successful business, growing 10 – 12 types of gourmet lettuce.
At the Market, the lettuce can be bought by the head or in a freshly picked mixed bag for $2. As one of Janet’s customers remarked “this is the best gourmet lettuce around and it keeps well”.
Another popular product produced at Camellia Park is Janet’s tasty fruit leather. Janet said that her mother gave her the inspiration for making fruit leather some years ago when they bought a dehydrator together to get started.
Using no sugar or artificial sweeteners except for apple, the fruit leather is made with the freshest of seasonal fruits, 10 kilos for each kilo of fruit leather. It’s a tasty snack and is long lasting: great for kids’ lunch boxes!