Wonderworld Organics faces adversity with innovation and dedication
At the Noosa Farmers Market, the banner across the front of the Wonderworld Organics stall reads “We Sell Only What We Grow.” This simple promise is as unique as everything Steve and Tina Standish produce as they work together in their home, on their farm, and in the markets every Sunday.
Bio dynamically grown from heirloom and open pollinated seeds, almost everything is hand-picked by Steve and Tina the day before the market. Their amazing range includes spinach, rocket, kale, lettuce, vitamin greens, mustard greens, kalian, beetroot, baby broccoli, cima di rapa (traditional Italian), radish, swedes, daikon, parsley, cabbage, coriander, zucchini, sugar snap peas, potatoes and an amazing variety of tomatoes.
Steve and Tina have been farming for 22 years, always organically and NASAA certified since 1998. “Getting our certification was pretty easy really,” says Steve, “We just don’t know any other way.” Of course this isn’t meant to suggest that life has always been easy. Having been forced by drought to relocate to The Sunshine Coast Hinterland in 2003, they were then inundated by catastrophic floods in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. “That’s farming” laughs Steve, “and the reason we have disappeared from the market a couple of times, while we’ve rebuilt, and started again.”
Steve and Tina take great pride in Wonderworld Organics being a truly unique and authentic farmers’ market stall. Their food miles are low, as they travel less than half an hour from their Federal farm in the Noosa Shire. Freshness and flavour is key and the reason they choose the unusual nutritious heirloom varieties that they grow, and of course their farm is clean of pesticides, herbicides and unnatural chemically based fertilisers.
This is why Steve reckons “ours is a happening stall early; we do sell out. It’s early bird gets the worm stuff.”
If you want to experience something different, find Steve and Tina in their Wonderworld Organics stall at The Noosa Farmers Market.