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Published September 2nd 2015
Mind your step
Carlingford Produce is a charming, rickety, ramshackle place to pick up your garden, pet and agricultural supplies. Affectionately called 'Carlo Produce', visiting here is a trip down memory lane. They are a family run business who aim to bring country service to the city.
The store is located in an Old Mill and Weighbridge behind Carlingford Railway station. You can enter it from Jenkins Rd (directly behind the 7/11 Petrol Station). Once you turn into the drive, keeping driving past the mechanics to the end of the road.
The store has been occupied and used for the purpose of providing agricultural supplies to the district for over 85 years, and it still does so! They stock a huge and diverse range of items including some really great (and hard to find!) things such as Akubra hats, chickens (yes real ones!) and possum nests. They also stock a range of other pets including canaries, budgies, rabbits and cockatiels.
And better yet, their motto is if they don't have what you want, don't worry, it can be found! Now that's service you don't find many places these days.
The service is super friendly with Bert, the Manager, or one of the other staff members greeting you on arrival. I picked up some gardening gloves, some potted seedlings and a bale of hay on my trip there and had a great chat with Bert on the history of the property and the shop. Prices were comparable to major chain stores.
The buildings themselves still retain their historical charm. As part of improvements made to the Carlingford rail line in 1902, a goods siding was provided and a large storehouse constructed. The original produce company, Carlingford Producers Cooperative Company, moved to this building in 1927. Additions to the original building were made at this time including a loading platform by the railway line. The Co-op acted as a community store, with its main produce being mash for poultry. Wheat arrived at the store in its natural form and would be processed into poultry food, and in 1949 equipment was installed for the production of stock feed.
The old mill still has all its ancient machinery in working order. If you speak with Bert, he may be able to take you out the back to see the machinery. All the equipment was hand made from galvanised iron and cedar timber. The back area is currently undergoing some improvements so you are unable to look around unattended.