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Capers With Helen And Barry

How did it all start?
We were looking for something we could do on our 10 acre scrub block with little water etc and to bring in some income after retirement

Why grow capers?
Little water, high value on small area, we can value add, no threat of oversupply, quality will enable competition with o/seas cheap imports.

Is it still a ‘hobby’ now?
No, we do really work at it, and enjoy OUR business

Where (and how) do you sell your capers?
Farmers Markets, web orders, direct to chefs, 13 retail outlets around SA.

How many products do you have?
6 different caper products with a few size and packaging variations as well.

What are some of the things that you have had to learn?
Patience, it doesn't happen fast, to work together and play to each others strengths, never let an opportunity go by and get out there, promotion will sell.

Anything that you have had to ‘unlearn’?
Not much, our skills seemed to all be in demand sooner or later.

What are some of the challenges?
Working together, getting up early to pick, learning to handle staff (WOOFERS: Willing Workers On Organic Farms), not worrying if an experimental product doesn't work.

And the good parts of your business?
The people we meet and the new experiences. We've eaten in great restaurants, met some fantastic foodies etc. And we've just been invited to NOOSA FINE FOOD in May.

What are your thoughts about retirement?
I've never thought of retirement as stopping work, just doing something different with a bit more time for non work things, e.g. fishing

How can people contact you?

Kolophon Capers
Barry Porter & Helen Jones
Organic Capers and Caper Products
PO Box 693, Berri, S Aust, 5343
Ph 08 85882737, Barry Mob 0427183359, Helen Mob 0414882737

2011 BRONZE MEDAL, Sydney Fine Food Show
2011 NATIONAL FINALIST, Delicious Magazine Produce Awards
2010 Sydney Morning Herald TOP 5 SA FOODS
Email: kolophon@me.com
Website:www.kolophoncapers.com.au or Click here