Battle for the belly
IT seems green, orange and white represent more than the Irish flag.
They are the colours of competition between the bakeries of Grafton.
At first glance, the green paper bags offered by Hank's Kitchen, the orange bags of Freck's Bakehouse and the white bags of Henwood's Hot Bread Shop don't seem to disguise a deeper meaning.
But they represent the challenge to win the hearts and stomachs of Grafton.
Hank's Kitchen, 27-years-old, has a staff of 25.
Hank's owner Christina Hancock says hers is the biggest bakery in town.
"We specialise in everything," she says.
But Henwood's Hot Bread sales assistant, Wendy Hamilton, says bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.
"I'd say we're definitely the best bakery in town," Mrs Hamilton says. "Today we've been running hot."
Regular Henwood's customer Wendy Owen agrees.
"Of course they are the best," she says as she wanders off with a passionfruit horseshoe pastry and a trusty loaf of bread.
However Freck's Bakehouse cannot be beaten, according to owner Kerry Cahill.
"Our fresh salad bar is very popular," Mrs Cahill says. "Our customers enjoy designing their own sandwiches."
Freck's sales assistant Noeline Gibson claims Freck's has a secret service technique that guarantees high sales.
"Our staff are very friendly ... including me," she says, laughing.
Determined to dig deeper, Daily Examiner investigators took a survey of the number of green, orange and white bags observed on the Grafton streets between 1pm and 2pm.
Green bags - 17, white bags 12, orange bags - 11. (* note:results completely unscientific.)
With competition so close, devoted Examiner staff widen their scope of research.
Compared with prices on a national scale, each Grafton bakery is sensational.
The 90c Hank's cookie easily defeats Brisbane's $2.50 for one half the size. Henwood's price of $2 for a plain pie is almost half that in Sydney.
And the $1.30 Freck's charges for a barbecue chicken split? It's a steal.
As the battle of the bakeries persist, Ms Hancock dismisses any tension between competing bakeries.
"We're all friends," she says. "All the bakers from the different bakeries play golf together."
No matter the colour, each bakery is sure to grant you the luck of the Irish.