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Healthy harvest of sugar plums

DOING A PLUM JOB: Local member Lawrence Springborg, Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh and Good Rich Fruit owner Bim Goodrich are excited about the health benefits of a new
DOING A PLUM JOB: Local member Lawrence Springborg, Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh and Good Rich Fruit owner Bim Goodrich are excited about the health benefits of a new "super plum". Ella Archibald-Binge

THEY have grown super-fine wool and now the Goodrich family from Warroo Station, west of Stanthorpe, are trying their hand producing "super plums".

The Queen Garnet Plums, bred by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, make up the core crop at the family's Good Rich Fruit Company orchard.

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh visited the property for the start of the first commercial harvest yesterday.

The 75,000 QGP tree orchard is expected to yield 200 tonnes of the super plums.

Read the full story on the Goodrich family's diversification from fine wool-growing into fruit in Tuesday's Bush Tele.