Roma resident’s oranges are so popular, he can’t keep up
IT COULD be the fact that a whole labour of love goes in to growing them but there’s something about Mark Edwards’ oranges that people just can’t get enough of.
Mr Edwards brings in bags of his oranges to sell at Roma’s Golders clothing store but you’ll have to get in quick if you want to grab one as they sell like hotcakes.
“I am pleased that people are buying them, I didn’t realise how popular they were,” Mr Edwards said.
“It’s kind of quirky I guess, you wouldn’t expect to be able to buy oranges in a store like Golders.”
The oranges are from an orchid that has been in Mr Edwards family for over 100 years, and his says there’s a whole lot of history behind the citrus fruit.
“We’ve had the property since 1913 but it was only when my mother and father took over in 1958 that it became commercial,” he said.
“My father would have had around 1200 trees here and I probably have about 170 now but I plan to put more in.”
Mr Edwards’ 96-year-old father Gordon and 86-year-old mother Margaret still lend a helping hand, ensuring the oranges are up to scratch.
“My dad still packs them and he goes over them to make sure their up to standard,” he said.
“So he’s in charge of quality control and my mum does the book-keeping.”
Golders store owner Natalie Golder said she has had to make up a system where people put there names down for a bag, so by the time Mr Edwards brings them in to the store, there are already a few that have been taken.
“We get so many customers wanting oranges that they sell out before Mark can replace them,” Ms Golder said.
“It’s lovely because they are such beautiful oranges.”