AS A former farmer, and someone who sells fresh, local produce every day of the week, Sam Giacca understands the vital importance of water security for Stanthorpe’s thriving agricultural sector. It’s the reason the owner of much-loved Sam’s Farm Fresh Fruit and Veg at Cottonvale, is in full support of the Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP).

“One of the reasons I stopped farming myself was because of the lack of water,” Sam said.

“I was actually a volunteer for the committee of a new dam 30 years ago. It’s amazing to think where we would be now if that dam was built at that time. GBIP is well on the way, and I look forward to it being fully operational.

“For a farmer, water security gives great peace of mind and guarantees less stress so you can focus purely on good farming.”

For more than 50 years, Sam has worked with fresh produce. He was a farmer for three decades then made the bold move to run his own fruit barn in 2000. Starting as a small wholesaler selling some of his own produce, the business rapidly expanded with demand.

A quick look at the store today, which operates from 7am to 5.30pm seven days a week, it’s clear Sam has found his calling, as his vibrant personality, in-depth product knowledge and zeal for fresh Aussie-grown produce shines.

He joked he loved his job so much he would be working in his shop right up until he “fell off the perch”.

Not only is the shop bountiful in superb-quality local produce there is an array of value-added dairy products, confectionary and delicious preserves.
“However, I would say it’s our apricots and apples that are the staples our customers love the most,” he said.

“We are proud to be supplying the very best, and produce grown in Stanthorpe region is the very best.”