New owners Kerryn and Don Garita have been running a home delivery service sourcing fresh fruit and vegetables through Eaglemont Fruit Supply for the past three years. Knowing former owner Rocky well, they were attracted to Eaglemont‘s lovely Village atmosphere which they believe is conducive to building their quality fresh produce store. Kerryn, who holds an MBA, swapped the corporate world as a Marketing Manager at a Pharmaceutical company to set up an online home delivery service following the birth of their son Xavier seven years ago. Don set up his wholesale business in 1987 out of the Footscray Fruit and Vegetable Market and will continue to ensure the shop is well stocked with quality produce. With quality fruit and vegetables in his blood Don grew up on the market garden situated on the banks of the Merri Creek Coburg, which is now CERES run (Centre for Education & Research in Environmental Strategies). With its rich volcanic soil it has been in cultivation for over 150 years, Don’s father continued to work there into his mid 70’s.
Kerryn and Don are passionate about selling affordable local produce with minimal impact to the environment. They have found Eaglemont patrons keen to ensure they play their part, relishing the purchase of locally grown and produced goods which reduce food mileage and support local jobs. Don and Kerryn have introduced exciting new additions such as scrumptious Yarra Valley tea, and Victorian Yoghurt Company organic yoghurt made in Melbourne, free from preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and rich in live cultures.
You will also find delicious and nutritious Papa Joes banana bread, a variety of Healthy Bake bread including sour dough and rye, wholesome grains and nuts which are all made with quality ingredients. Having worked in the corporate world Kerryn believes that through healthy eating you are off to the best start which has lead her to introduce convenient pre-prepared foods.
Kerryn, who describes Eaglemont patrons as extremely supportive would like to see the Village proceed as a thriving little hub, not too different from what it is now still retaining its personality. Eaglemont Fruit Supply intends to carry on the good service provided by Rocky who was well known for his friendly banter and a ripe avocado under table. They are pleased to advise Clint will be staying, a familiar face to those who frequent the shop.
Kerryn is currently sourcing more new additions for the shop.