SELF-confessed market hunter Janelle Kunze was quietly working her market stall at the Glen Aplin Memorial Hall on Saturday morning, selling her unique range of products.

Janelle's stall is packed with hand-knitted beanies and shawls and she each week travels as far as Gatton, Toowoomba and even Woodenbong to set up her mobile shop.

She said the most popular products on offer were usually Asian emporium and incense.

It was, however, her special lime and chilli sauce made with organic products grown in her own backyard that was one of the tastiest condiments on sale at Saturday's market.

"I've just been making it for friends for about three years," Janelle said.

"It's made from all organic products, people were enjoying it so I decided to make more."

Janelle said organic food and cooking has become an increasingly important part of her lifestyle.

Caring for her autistic daughter had been taking a toll on Janelle who chose to introduce organic and less-refined foods into their diets.

Janelle said her 21-year-old daughter, Erica had benefited from the change in eating habits.

"My daughter has autism so I decided to keep a gluten-free and dairy-free diet," she said.

"Plus a lot of people have food allergies these days so I do my baking without these ingredients.

"My daughter has been more switched on since starting the diet."

Janelle said she was enjoying living on the Granite Belt.

"We moved here from Barrington in New South Wales," she said.

"Property is cheaper here and there's a great disability service in Granite Belt Support Services."

Juggling the travelling between markets, running a privately owned cleaning business and caring for an adult with autism can take a toll and Janelle said that was why the people at GBSS were so important.

"They've been great support. Erica receives services three days per week," Janelle said.

"They're very helpful, especially when you don't have any family living in the area."

Janelle said the most important service GBSS provides is the speaker's nights held on the first Tuesday of each month.

She said her daughter loves to sing, dance and project her talents to the world.

"Erica will be doing the jokes section this time around," Janelle said.

"She loves to sing and she plays the guitar.

"She thinks she's a bit of a superstar."

Janelle said the night was an important confidence booster for the participants.

"It's about their special time to shine," she said.

"There isn't a whole lot for disabled people to do in the community.

"This is their chance to get out and feel connected to the wider community."

The June GBSS speaker's event will be held tonight from 5pm at the International Club.

Recent fundraisers have aimed to raise enough money to subsidise the meals which only cost $8 on the night.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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