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Boonah farmers stick together through tough times

Matt Muller from Fassifern Valley Produce.
Matt Muller from Fassifern Valley Produce. Inga Williams

MATT Muller knows his tomatoes.

The Scenic Rim farmer left his welding trade to grow colourful Heirloom variety on his picturesque 50 acre farm.

"We pick them just as they're turning colour," Mr Muller said.

"We have our roadside stall and our tomatoes are sent to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

"There's a big market for Heirlooms and our garlic."

The Boonah farmer said the fertile Scenic Rim soil helped developed the rich taste and superior texture of his tomatoes.

"It makes them really tasty and flavoursome," he said.

"Our heirloom varieties are 50 years or older. Farming is always changing and it's very difficult at times.

"But we make a living thanks to the flavour and nutrition of our tomatoes."

Although farming could be a tough industry, Mr Muller said the tight-knit community helped each other through.

"It's a really good community," he said.

"We can borrow neighbour's equipment and they can do the same.

"People here really have each other's backs."

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