Supporting South Australian produce has always been important and now more than ever is the time to look to suppliers close to home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the closure of many restaurants, hugely impacting both the hospitality sector and local producers.
South Australia’s coastline is more than 5,000 kilometres, with our waters home to a diverse range of aquaculture species and some of the world’s most sought after seafood.
According to Simon Turner, of Turners Oyster Farm, this time of year is generally one of the busiest periods for the oyster industry.
This year, the sales are well below average.
Turner says the industry has been immensely impacted by restaurant closures, and the COVID-19 pandemic more generally.
He says oysters connote socialising, and with that aspect of society having been somewhat compromised given social distancing recommendations, the demand has dropped.
Turner wants this to change, stating that he would love to see more people purchasing oysters to enjoy at home.
In the current climate, home dining experiences and indeed, celebrations, are becoming the new normal, and Turner suggests South Australians look for the unique experience of enjoying oysters from your own dining table.
He recommends visiting your local fish shop, or finding a South Australian farm contact to buy directly, commenting on the many passionate oyster growers in the state.
Choosing local is a key way South Australians can support not only the state’s businesses but the state economy.
In 2018–19, South Australia’s oyster production was estimated at 2119 tonnes, with a production value of $20 million.
The state is known for its prime seafood and oyster produce, so why not make a local purchase for your next home dining celebration.
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