Marlene and Matt Katich are locals who’ve lived and breathed the Swan Valley for many years. With a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime of passion, Marlene is an ambassador for this year's Entwined in the Valley, a weekend showcasing everything that makes the Swan Valley thrive.
She says the strong sense of community is one of the best things about being in the Swan Valley. This Entwined, she will be sharing her love of the Valley and the story of her sweet summery table grapes, with visitors from far and wide.
The Katich family history in the Swan Valley is strong. Settling in the Valley in 1956, the family began selling fresh fruit and vegetables in the 1960s. Matt and his family operated the business for many years together.
Matt and Marlene opened Kato’s @ 3000 on West Swan Road in 2010. Run out of a rustic shed in the Swan Valley, Kato’s is one of many fabulous road side stalls, shacks and sheds selling top-notch Swan Valley produce. After passing through the area once, visitors return for the abundant summer table grapes.
These days Matt is up at dawn every morning. From checking the weather, to planning, organising, checking crop conditions and maintaining field work, he constantly keeps busy behind the scenes.
Marlene is always sourcing fresh fruit, whether from her own trees or from local growers around the area. From there, she creates new and exciting ice-cream flavours for the weekend ahead. All their hard work is rewarded by seeing customers find joy in trying their fruit or ice-cream.
Meet Marlene and other Swan Valley ambassadors at Entwined in the Valley, from October 12 to 15, 2017.