The great mango rescue has been conquered.
Nine-hundred organic and biodynamic mangoes were no match for Maitland shoppers who relished in helping two north Queensland farmers in need on Thursday.
The mouth-watering operation had shoppers lining up for the fruit in The Levee an hour before the Slow Food Earth Market opened, and by 3.30pm most of the mangoes had been sold.
Slow Food Hunter Valley leader, and chef, Amorelle Dempster made mango smoothies from the stall and offered shoppers a taste test.
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If the aromas of the mangoes wasn’t enough to entice them, a taste certainly was.
“It’s brilliant, this is what I love about Maitland – people coming together to stop food waste and help a farmer in need,” Ms Dempster said.
“Having mangoes at the Slow Food Earth Market were a one-off as a food rescue.
“We couldn’t sit back and let this food go to waste, and with such so many mangoes for sale south of Townsville, this was a good opportunity to give Maitland people a treat and help the farmer.”
It comes after Maitland shoppers rescued 40 tonnes of pumpkins in 2016, and earlier this year rescued hundreds of cauliflower and broccoli, and hail-damaged spinach and kale.