Giving back

By Grace Jones | posted on June 13, 2019

OYSTER Harbour Store owner Mark Cuzens is selling more than two tonnes of pumpkins he has grown on his property and donating all of the proceeds to Albany Community Hospice and Foodbank.

Mr Cuzens has been the owner of the convenience store and service station for the past 22 years and said he had been growing pumpkins on his property for around four years.

“I grow a few different varieties like jarrahdales and butternuts,” he said. “They’re really easy to grow; you just need to put them in the ground and that’s it.”

Mr Cuzens said a few years ago he gave Hospice a large amount of his pumpkin crop to sell on their open day and decided this year he would support the not-for-profit organisation again.

“At a guess I would say we have around two and a half tonne of pumpkins,” he said.

“This year we’re selling them for $1 per kilo with all money raised going to Hospice and Foodbank.”

Mr Cuzens said he began selling the pumpkins on Monday and on that first day of trade, sold $50 worth of pumpkin.

“The best thing to make with pumpkin is some good old pumpkin soup, especially in this weather,” he said.

“The pumpkins are just out the front of the shop so come by and just grab one, we’ll pop it on the scales and the money will go in a separate tin.”

The Oyster Harbour Store is located on the corner of Bayonet Head Road and Lower King Road and is open seven days from 6am to 7.30pm.