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Geham lime farmer opens new options for wholesalers

Mark Herlaar and his son Joel with boxes of the juicy, chemical-free limes grown at the Geham property, Twin Pines.
Mark Herlaar and his son Joel with boxes of the juicy, chemical-free limes grown at the Geham property, Twin Pines. Tara Miko

LIMES are typically grown in the warmer climates of North Queensland, but with Mark Herlaar's entry into the supermarket supply chain, more options have become available.

Favco, a major supermarket, independent retail group and secondary wholesaler supplier, charts limes as being available from northern growers from May to December.

But the colour, taste and size of the fruits harvested at Twin Pines means suppliers such as Favco have more options to present to market.

About 3500 of the lime trees on the Geham property were contract-grown for a major producer based in Hervey Bay.

At its production peak, Twin Pines will produce up to 200-tonnes of the profitable fruit.

"We're not looking at making any serious money for at least two years," Mark said.

Mark has owned the land at Geham for the past 13 years and hopes to keep it in the family in the coming generations.