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The Clarence Valley prepares for Christmas

  cvi-images Retail outlets around the Clarence Valley are stocked up to provide their customers with the best quality produce at the best price, for the festive season. Farmer Lou’s in Skinner Street, South Grafton have a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables available for Christmas, according to store manager Paul Felice. “Our new season potkin is due in this week – just in time for Christmas,” he said. “Stone fruit are in plentiful supply and we’ve got a couple of super specials along with our in-store specials. “We’ve also sourced local blueberries and raspberries from Lanitza. “We are always trying to source local produce, to help stimulate the local economy.” Mr Felice’s sister Maria said that they have plenty of summer fruits in store. “Supply is excellent and the quality is very good,” she said. “Mangos are delicious with the Kensington Pride variety coming in from northern Queensland with the popular Bowen mangos arriving shortly. “Australian apricots are large and their colour is exceptional. “This is the best time of the year for Australian produce.” Holiday Coast Meats at South Grafton have all your Christmas meats covered with a huge range of hams, pork, chicken or whatever else you may need. It’s all there and if they don’t have what you need, their friendly staff will get it for you. SPAR Maclean has a great variety of fresh vegetables to compliment your Christmas lunch. Fruit and vege manager Debbie said that they will be receiving five deliveries of fresh produce into the store this week. “The mangos are delightful at the moment and we will have cherries and blueberries on special,” she said. “We have special buys which we pass on to our customers. “If there are any special requests, we will do our best to source it.” Deli manager Karen said that any customers wanting BBQ chickens for Christmas should place their order in advance, to avoid disappointment. “In the deli we have a wide variety of cheeses, hams, salads, olives and smallgoods available. “We also offer party packs for $15 (pictured) for busy people on the go, who just want to have an assortment of nibblies to go with drinks.” Store manager Tina Ross said that ‘grocery gift vouchers’ were the way to go for those unsure of what to get someone. “We also have a huge range of boxed chocolates and we also have beautiful fresh flowers arranged in-house daily,” she said. Maclean Variety Meats owner John Allen said that their hams which are cured in store are becoming more popular each year. “This year we had 240 hams and we only have nine left,” said Mr Allen. “You can get cheaper, but you won’t get better. “All our chickens are fresh, all the pork is Australian and all our beef is locally grass fed. “All of our gourmet range of meats is available right up to Christmas and into the new year. “We welcome you to come in and arrange all of your Christmas and New Year needs.” The Clarence Valley Independent wishes to thank all our loyal supporters for their business throughout the year and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year.