written by Rebecca Goulter
Paul Edwards of Market Fresh Meats has been a part of the Market community for the better part of six years. His distinctive meat truck is always a hive of activity, stuffed full of beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Even more distinctive is the jovial laugh every few minutes as he jokes with customers and fellow stallholders alike.
“I love the vibe of the Markets,” Paul comments in between serving customers. “I see lots of the same faces week in and week out. I love having a large regular fan base. Nowhere else can I show my passion for food and love of people.”
Watching Paul handle the constant ebb and flow of Market-goers is astounding. He can bounce between three different customers without missing a beat, supplying advice for cooking certain cuts of meats, and insights on complementary herbs and marinades.
Paul knows what his customers like. “The Cape Grim beef is my best seller. It’s so popular and for very good reason! The beef is 100% grass fed, free range and it hasn’t been touched by hormones or antibiotics. You can’t go wrong with it, whether it’s on a barbeque or a pan,” he said. “The Wagyu eye fillet has also been described as life changing. It depends on the person.”
We asked some of Paul’s loyal fans why they come back to him week after week.
“We always try to make it in every week. He has the best meat in the Market, and he always has a good recipe to go along with it,” said regular Market-goer Celeste. “He’s so reliable and never fails to ask if you’d like him to hold on to the meat if you’re still shopping.”
Paul has another pride and joy besides his Market stall. His son, Dominic Edwards, was selected to represent Queensland in the Special Olympics Australia National Games, which are to be held in Adelaide in April. He will be competing in the gymnastics events. Dom is no stranger to the Markets, having helped serve customers alongside Paul through the years.
“He’s a good boy,” Paul smiled. “I’m so proud to see him succeed, and at only eighteen!”
Paul and Dom asked the Market community for assistance with the multitude of travel and miscellaneous expenses associated with competing in the Games, and received resounding support.
Dom achieved his goal in no time at all, and only just picked up his Special Olympics uniform (pictured right). Paul said the look of pride on his face when he tried the uniform on was amazing.
“To think that he started gymnastics to stay strong and healthy and that’s led to him going to the Special Olympics is really something. It was so great to see how keen everyone was to help out.”
Paul will be going to the Special Olympics in just over a month to support his son as he competes.
The team at the Markets wishes Dom the best of luck, and we can’t wait to hear how well he did.
Market Fresh Meats can be found at the Saturday Fresh Market every Saturday, and at the Eagle Farm Markets every Sunday.
To follow Dominic Edwards on his Special Olympics journey, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dominic-Edwards-Special-Olympics-Athlete-1483082321784678/.