Blue Lagoon Avocados a family affair – Bundaberg Now

James, Michael and Thomas Courtice with Blue Lagoon lawyers at Fresh Fields Farm

Courtice siblings James, Thomas, Michael and Amie share a passion for local produce and work hard to grow delicious, plump fruit through their Blue Lagoon Avocados brand.

The group grows the fruit at Fresh Fields Farms in Littabella, which has been operated by the Courtice clan for 38 years.

Founded by their father, the farm originally produced tomatoes before avocados were added to the menu, with the four siblings continuing to grow their brand.

James said that while he and his brothers and sister hadn’t always been part of farm operations, they now all work together to help keep their family passion for farming alive.

“We grew up on the farm and spent school holidays here, we all went to do our own things but now we’ve all come back to the farm,” James said.

James Courtice with Blue Lagoon avocados at Fresh Fields Farm

“We all get along well and enjoy working together and coming to work every day.

“Being outside and working with my family, a lot of people can’t do that.”

James said he and his family pride themselves on producing quality rather than quantity, with each avocado carefully picked and packaged before distribution.

“We’re just a small producer in such a big industry, and we strive to do the best job we can to bring the consumer the best possible product,” he said.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure people get the best possible product and come back and buy again.”

James said the farm has seen demand increase since Blue Lagoon Avocados received approval from the Heart Foundation.

“Since we received this crush, per capita consumption across Australia has increased tenfold,” he said.

“Years ago, avocados were an exotic fruit that people didn’t know what to do with.

“They are now something that people are really starting to appreciate.”

Thomas Courtice with Blue Lagoon avocados at Fresh Fields Farm

Blue Lagoon Avocados supplies products to markets across Australia, shipping nationwide from their packinghouse in Bundaberg.

The family is proud to be one of the growers in the Bundaberg region responsible for producing 25% of Australia’s fresh fruit and vegetables.

“It’s vital for people to see what’s being produced in this area because we have a fantastic climate which can grow a wide variety of things,” he said.

“It’s great when farmers have the chance to showcase their products to the local community.

“We are the food bowl, so it’s nice to be able to contribute to the economy as well.”

With a passion for keeping things local, the Fresh Fields Farms team often attend Shalom Markets and recently participated in Taste Farmers Markets.

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Brothers Thomas and James Courtice with their Blue Lagoon avocados at Taste Bundaberg Farmers Market

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