South Wagga Butchery’s meat manager, Raymond Farrell, said country residents are not disadvantaged when it comes to obtaining fresh seafood.
He anticipates the butchery will sell more than a tonne of prawns and bulk fish and salmon today as Wagga residents stock up on seafood before Good Friday and the Easter long weekend, despite being located 500 kilometres from the nearest coast line.
“I think it’s a tradition, the gathering of family and friends with salad and fresh seafood over Easter," he said.
“People are just about over the barbecues and daylight savings is about to finish.”
Mr Farrell said he will be busy from 6am to 6pm as he sells the range of Gold Coast tiger prawns, salmon and fish he has on offer to customers looking to fill their freezers with last minute seafood offerings.
Mr Farrell debunks the notion that rural residents are at a disadvantage when it comes to access to fresh seafood.
He said while the options might be limited, the quality is good.
“I think it is readily available but you don’t have as many options,” he said.
“People are really chasing that fresh product.”
Mr Farrell said the butchery only stocks up on this much seafood during the Easter and Christmas holiday periods.
“When you get together with family and friends at this time, you want it to be a bit special,” he said.
“People see seafood as a treat for a special occasion.”
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