Perfect pineapples grown with 60 years of expertise
Keith McKay from Hilltop Pines, Imbil, is a third generation farmer who has a few secrets up his sleeve for growing the perfect pineapples. Considered by some to be the sweetest pineapples in the country, Keith says the secret is knowing when to pick them. If picked too early, the fruit becomes ripe off of the tree instead of on it, and as a result, it loses most of its sweet, flavorful punch. In fact, he refuses to sell his pineapples until they are just right.
Sowing his first crop of corn at the age of 14, Keith now has 60 years of farming experience under his belt, alongside the wealth of knowledge that has been passed down among each generation.
Keith’s generation has added their own touch by keeping their pineapples chemical free for five years now. For weed control, he uses common sense practices like ground covers, which allow him to grow the same tasty pineapples, without the harmful chemicals.
Keith’s farm sells directly to the public at the Noosa’s Farmers’ Market, held each Sunday. Here, shoppers can even take a free taste test, so you see for yourself what makes these pineapples so conversation worthy. In fact, Keith and his family also sell mangos, avocados, lemons, oranges, mandarins, watermelons, sweet potato, pumpkin and lettuce.
Be sure to try the free pineapple taste test at the Hilltop Pines stall, located across from the ATM at the northern end of the markets, in between Sunray Berries and the Bent Banana.