Short, sweet helpers

Sweet helpers Mark Conroy with Isaac, Shelley and Jordan Manouk. Photo by Jeff ‘Fluff ’n’ elves’ Dawson

By S Haslam

Were you thinking elves? I was, but Mark Conroy is not, in fact, an elf. 

‘My dad owned a dairy farm,’ says Mark, ‘and I know a few people who live around Cobar and Orange. I grew up in that kind of farming environment and I really feel for the farmers with 100 per cent of the state affected by drought.’

At his market stall Short But Sweet patisserie products he works with his sister and brother-in-law selling delicacies such as Portuguese tarts, roasted pistachio profiteroles, gluten-free Belgian chocolate brownies and so on.

Starting from last Saturday at the Bangalow Market, Mark is personally donating a dollar from every sale at his stall to those guys and gals doing it tough out west in the drought, for the next month or so. 

‘We were sitting around and we thought that a lot more people should be doing something like this, so we are encouraging other stallholders at the Bangalow Market to do the same,’ he said.

The following week Mark will be at the Byron Market, and the week after at Pottsville. They have made up their own T-shirts, so if you see them be sure to buy something yummy for a good cause.

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