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Tracey Bayliss' store Gate to Plate Farm Shop at the Whatawhata crossroads will host ethically produced treats such as milk, meat and vegetables without forcing customers to wake up at 7am on weekends. The store will be open from Wednesday to Sunday each week, and will place a 15 percent flat rate on top of product prices to account for overheads. Mrs Bayliss, who owns Grandad's Beef, a grass-fed, hormone-free business, was tired of seeing small businesses struggle with little support. So far, more than 20 local growers, farmers and producers are on board to sell their goods in her two-by-four metre cabin which aims for most of the benefits to go back to the producers of the goods. Owner of Backyard Jem Shannon Wright, who is known for her "sell-out tasty carrots", said there is a need for stores where people know where their food is coming from. While one store won't make a huge difference to his business, Raglan Chocolate Owner Mike Renfree reported that this is just the beginning, as Mrs Bayliss dreams to roll out the concept across the country.
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