It takes courage, passion and entrepreneurial spirit to create and open a new local market café that focuses on fresh locally-sourced produce, healthy café snacks, specialised gifts, flowers and yummy Merlo Organic Coffee. If you live on Bribie Island and are looking for something fresh, organic or Christmas Gift, read on. Kylie Cassidy and Scott Cassidy launched their bold new business, The Barnyard Market & Cafe on Bribie Island on Thursday, 7th December.
I sat down with Kylie Cassidy, local Bribie mum and director of The Barnyard Market on Bribie Island before the opening to talk everything family, partnership, business, community and fresh healthy local produce. It is so exciting to meet a professional business-women like Kylie Cassidy. Kylie has a degree in business and 20 years-experience in supply chain, demand planning, production planning, management accounting and sales & operational planning and since moving to Brisbane in 2011 Kylie has gained experience in many of the successful local agribusiness companies including Harvest Freshcuts (in both retail salad, mango and avocado businesses) and Buderim Ginger (in both ginger and macadamia businesses).
Kylie’s husband and business partner, Scott Cassidy has over 20 years business experience with the Brisbane Produce Markets and in recent years with managing his transport businesses which delivers local produce to the Brisbane Markets and from the Brisbane Markets back to local and regional restaurants and hotels. The Barnyard Market & Café will be a hub for the business to expand further across the local business community. Personally, as husband and wife, Kylie and Scott together have 4 children under 14 years old which makes for a hectic weekly schedule and balancing act between work and play. Kylie Said, “We are a local family and we wanted to use our experience to provide quality healthy produce for our community,” She said. “Our focus is to promote a healthy lifestyle for kids and adults and support local farmers by sourcing and selling their products at a fair price to support the farmer and community.
We have been using social media to ask what the community would like us to offer and many people have said that they would like more organic options.”Kylie was quick to point out that sometimes what people say they want and what they actually purchase can vary. Kylie said, “We will see how it all goes and will be certainly ready to massage our products based on the market needs, however what is evident is that people expect quality.”Kylie and I were seated right beside Kylie’s pride and joy purchase, the 100-year old horse cart which I am told will showcase fresh flowers and gifts. At the time of this interview and with two days to opening, the horse-cart, shelves, produce and café food display was yet to reveal itself.
I was rather impressed when Kylie presented The Barnyard Market & Café Business Plan to me which clearly defined this amazing and unique concept. I have taken a short exert from the Business Plan summary. It reads, “Sourcing fresh quality produce from our established relationship with local growers and recipes from our grandmother’s kitchen’s combined with old world styling and charm, we will deliver a shopping and dining experience.
Kylie and Scott outside the unique exterior and sign, for our customers that takes them on a journey through the farm gate.” I think that this sums up the intention of Kylie and Scott. Kylie said, “We have such a huge selection of farm produce in our local region and we want to provide sustainable quality food and make sure that the farmer achieves financial reward for their quality product.”The Barnyard Market and Café will focus on a 7-day fruit and vegetable produce including supplying organic eggs, milk and dairy products. Kylie has also focussed on building what Kylie terms, ethical trade partnerships with a regional honey producers and beverage suppliers. The Barnyard will provide a smart and exciting café menu supported by the latest Merlot Organic Coffee Blend.
The Barnyard is serving fresh juice, yummy smoothies, breaky toast, open grills, salads, cookies, muffins and croissants all week. One of the highlights will be The Barnyard Sunday Family BBQ Breakfast every Sunday from 7am.As we know, businesses require competent staff with great attitudes and I am told that staff will be trained in everything from fruit and vegetable knowledge to meet and greet standards. Kylie said, “We have had held an induction day with our team of staff and will work together to improve our knowledge and service. We really want to be a good employer of locals and be recognised for warm, friendly service.” We wish Kylie, Scott and the Barnyard Team well in the next few months as they bed-down the business and begin to win over the local community. I encourage you to check-out The Barnyard Facebook Page.
Opening hours:Mon – Fri: Market 7am – 7pm, Cafe 7am – 4pmSat – Sun: Market 7am – 5pm, Cafe 7am – 12.30pmAddress: Pacific Harbour Shopping Village – 25 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach Website: thebarnyardmarket.com.au/ Facebook: thebarnyardcafe