Growers and soccer club team up for Kingsway Markets

Olympic Kingsway junior soccer players George Trandos (6) and Christopher Dimitrovich (14), both of Mindarie. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492554
Olympic Kingsway junior soccer players George Trandos (6) and Christopher Dimitrovich (14), both of Mindarie. Pictures: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492554

FARMERS and a soccer club are teaming up to launch weekly community markets in Madeley this weekend.

Olympic Kingsway Sports Club and pioneering families of growers will start the Kingsway Markets on Saturday, May 4.

Harry Trandos, whose family has been farming in the Wanneroo area for eight decades, said many generations of growers had been involved in the club since it moved to Kingsway four decades ago.

“The first 10 years we were training with all the kangaroos,” he said.

Mr Trandos said given the market gardening history of the area, it seemed like a great concept to introduce markets selling fresh produce at Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.

George Trandos (6) and Christopher Dimitrovich (14).

His grandson George (6) now plays soccer at the club, as does Christopher Dimitrovich (14) whose family ties to the club go back generations as well.

Christopher’s father Michael said his son started playing soccer when he was five and has been with the club since 2010.

“My dad was a previous goal keeper in the club; my uncle Jim was a player as well; my cousins were all junior players,” Mr Dimitrovich said.

“We’ve got a long history with family, a lot history with tomatoes and a lot of history with Kingsway.”

Mr Dimitrovich said his grandfather Risto came to Perth in 1957 with his wife Athina and bought a property in Carabooda, growing tomatoes, cabbages and cauliflowers with their children.

He said he left school in the early 1990s to work with his father Steve and uncle Jim on the farm, which had expanded.

A few years later his cousins Steven and Danny started working on the farm as well, and they followed Mr Trandos’s suggestion to start growing hydroponic tomatoes.

“We were one of the biggest growing tomatoes outdoors in WA for a while,” Mr Dimitrovich said.

“In 2011 we started to venture out and look to do something different.”

Their initial 5000sq m of hydroponic truss tomatoes in 2013 grew to 10,000sq m within 18 months, with another cousin Peter joining the family business in 2014 and sister Melinda Pandos joining it in 2017.

They stopped producing outdoor tomatoes in 2017-18 and now supply hydroponic produce to Coles, Aldi and Farmer Jacks, as well as Canning Vale Markets.

Mr Trandos said he hoped the markets would bring the community together and they were also starting a walking group that would go around the reserve before having coffees and breakfast at the market.

“There’s a lot of walkways around here and there’s a beautiful man-made lake,” he said.

The markets start on May 4 and will run every Saturday from 8am to noon.

It will have more than 30 stalls for fruit and vegetables, art and craft, home businesses, community groups, baby wear, fish and meat, dairy products, juices, honey, plants and flowers.

“While we’ve got some fresh produce, it’s a community market,” club board member John Colli said.

“The initiative is to create some funding for the club to encourage the growth of the team, especially the juniors.”

Mr Colli said the club hoped to join the National Premier League, with expansion works underway to provide facilities for that.

To hold a stall at the Kingsway Markets, call 0406 348 724 or email pearlbarley5@gmail.com.