Berowra Enterprise And Determination

The Hornsby & District Advocate Thursday April 3,1952 (on microfilm Hornsby Shire Library-Local Studies)

The Hornsby & District Advocate Thursday April 3, 1952
(on microfilm Hornsby Shire Library-Local Studies)

The attached newspaper  story resulted in the stall being located on the unused footpath backing onto Railway land in High Street Hornsby. Dad (Bob Withers) & I operated it on Fridays and I operated the stall on Saturday, with product we grew at Berowra or obtained from other growers. We started the stall, because the three green grocers formed a cartel to offer us low prices for our products, when there was a sudden glut, the shops could not lower their prices until they sold their current stock, whereas we bought from growers and sold at low prices very quickly. We had a three ton truck and loaded it with 3 tons of beans and sold them 3 pounds for two shillings, whilst the shops still had them at four shillings for one pound, so they all sold in about 4 days, on another occasion we had 3 tons of Cauliflowers and pulled the same trick. In those days people pickled & preserved vegetables. I made my first money growing half an acre of Carnations & half an acre of lettuce at Woodcourt Road, and would sell them on the roadside on Sundays near the cross roads.

J. Withers

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