The Who’s Who of the Market - Gabe Dellios
The Melbourne Market is not just a place of business, it is a community, and Gabe Dellios has been an integral part of that community for the past 56 years.
He and his son Nick, trade as Bacchus Marsh Apples, in the south eastern corner of the Growers Floor, selling a wide variety of apples, along with some diversity in peaches, nectarines and pears.
Gabe, along with his mother and siblings, left
The business has since expanded to 200 hectares with enough on site storage to handle 16,000 bins (6,000 tonnes) in a controlled environment. Apples are the predominant crop, the main varieties grown are Granny Smiths,
As Bacchus Marsh is situated in a housing growth corridor, this creates issues for the business from local residents expressing their concerns with the continuous noise from the gas guns which are used for crop protection (from cockatoos) and the perceived risk by the residents of nearby crop spraying. As in other cropping areas, there is also an ongoing problem with water rights being reduced to 5% for this irrigation season. To ensure crops were harvested for the current season, ‘sales water’ was purchased on the open market. To achieve efficiencies with this valuable and limited resource a micro-jet irrigation system was installed as an alternate to flood irrigation. Modern technology has also been implemented with a computerised grading system and Gabe is awaiting delivery of a new fruit x- ray machine to detect internal flaws.
Bacchus Marsh Apples’ fruit is marketed throughout
At 75, Gabe says he has no plans for retirement just yet (although he does enjoy his golf on a Saturday morning!). He enjoys life and coming to the market. A proud recipient of the
Gabe comes into the Market five days a week, so when you are next in the Market, stop by his stand and have a chat. April 09
ABN 33 007 381 875
487 Main St Bacchus Marsh,
03 5367 5297