Even though there is generally an increased cost involved, many people choose to buy certified organic food, skin care and household products over conventional brands for health, environmental and ethical reasons.
Many believe that organic food not only tastes better but is better for you because it is rich in nutrients due to the reduced exposure to pesticides, antibiotics and other synthetic chemicals.
The Organic Standard has strict regulations for organic certification that ensures healthy soil, nutritious crops, animal welfare and sustainable farming practices. Choosing certified organic goods means keeping potentially harmful toxins away from our precious environment and in turn, out of our bodies.
Then there is the issue of genetic modification and the environmental and economic concern of such methods (as well as the possibility of unknown health consequences). The Australian Certified Organic seal of approval guarantees that your food is GMO-free. For a lively debate on this issue, type 'Monsanto' into your search engine.
We know the benefits of choosing organic produce but where is the best place in Adelaide to buy it?
I have a few favourites that I'd like to share with you and I'd love to hear your thoughts also.
The staff at Moana Natural Health & Organics on Griffiths Drive at Moana are always eager to offer advice and are able to order in anything that they may not have. Though chances are they will have what you are after as they stock a large range of organic food, skin care, cosmetics and household products. The only thing they don't cater for, unfortunately, is fresh fruit and vegetables.
For fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the farm, the Willunga Farmers Market is the place to go. Held at the Willunga Town Square every Saturday from 8am-12.30pm, it is best to arrive early on as it does get busy and you don't want to miss out on anything. It is comforting to know that the Willunga Farmers Market promotes sustainable food production practices in the Fleurieu region and pleasing to be able to chat with the producers themselves about the food you are purchasing. As an added bonus you can become a member and receive a 10% discount.
The great thing about The Organik Store on Broadway at Glenelg is that it is a grocery store and a cafe so you can do your shopping and then recuperate with a sandwich and smoothie (or something similar). The Organik Store also offers 10% discount for members and is open seven days a week. It has a huge range of stock including organic meat and even beer and wine.
For a one stop shop you can't go past Romeo's Organic Wholefoods on O'Connell Street at North Adelaide. Fresh or frozen, cleaning or cosmetics, whatever you need you will find at Romeo's and with a reasonable price tag. The enthusiastic staff are well informed and will gladly answer any questions you may have. The store is open every day of the week and even has a weight loss and naturopathic clinic.
The convenience of a supermarket can't be underestimated. For this, Foodland at Pasadena Green Shopping Centre on Fiveash Drive deserves a mention. It stocks an impressive range of quality organic and alternative food choices plus Australian owned products. It is open every day and until 9pm on weekdays making an after work shop possible.
So there you have five of my favourites but there are many more out there. Where do you think is the best place for organic shopping in Adelaide?
The Beach Road Marketplace is now open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday offering a great selection of Certified Organic produce at affordable prices. There is also a variety of Health & Wellbeing stallholders: aromatherapy soy candles, himalayan salt lamps, essential oils, soaps, herbal remedies and more.
Its all happening in the Pop Up Pop In shop at 39 Beach Road, Christies Beach.
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For organic shopping in Adelaide, Affordable Organics in Magill stock a great range of Organic goods including Fruit & Veg , Meat and Fish. Staff are also friendly will help answer questions. Also do deliveries! Monday to Friday 9-5 Great Family Business!!
For Organic skin care I use the Eminence Organic Skin Care Range, Its only stockists in Adelaide is Eclipse Body Centre. The products vary from the Chocolate Mousse mask to Cinnamon Paprika Cellulite Cream everything natural even to its biodegradable packaging! The owner at Eclipse helps choose products targeted to specific skin types. Eclipse Body Centre is at 4/132 O'Connell St North Adelaide 8361 7700 xx TJ
Organically Grown on St Bernard's Rd Magill deserves a mention. It has the freshest and most comprehensive range of organic fruit and veg including unusual fruits grown locally and delivered direct to the shop. Also carries unusual grocerery lines. Has a great community atmosphere and very knowledgable and helpful staff.
The Organic Corner Store is a wonderful, wonderful organic market that is on every thursday at Glenelg North (moved from Somerton Park) and on Saturdays at Bellevue Heights. There's a great range of stalls, but to really enjoy the benefit and make everyday organic eating a possibility for the family, join the fruit & veg co-op to pick up a weekly bag of fresh seasonal organic fruit & veg. I previously shopped at other organic shops (though none on this list) and it was prohibitively expensive; I could only afford items for the baby. Now the whole family eats organic every day.
I think Wilson's Organics is hands down the best Organic grocery store in Adelaide. Their prices are very reasonable and they support lots of local growers. The shop has a relaxed vibe and also has a cool little coffee shop as part of the store. Wilson's is located on Market St, which is just off Gouger st opposite the Central Markets.
I made a decision in 1994 to 'eat less and buy organic', and I've been shopping at Wilson's ever since. I used to check out the three organic stalls in the Central Market, and Wilsons were pretty consistently cheaper and better quality. If they don't have something, I can drop by the Market before taking the bus home. I've never checked out any of the stores in your roundup, because they are not on my bus route! Wilsons also has a great sense of community.
Organic and sustainable market at Henley beach primary school is the best market in South Australia.All produce,meats,dairy,eggs ect.100% certified you can trust."DOES NOT HAVE LOW SPRAYED FRUIT/VEG,doesnt exist at this market.Lots of stalls lots of fun.Grow wild organics there every Saturday inc..Indiana meats ,raw life,sorrels olive oil,happy homes,Amber's kitchen,little seeds,feast for the soul,wild fox wines,Eco paws,Barry beach organics,ma's kitchen,taste it by tash,enjo,pear leaf,grange honey,beautiful honey,aayy's herbs,Tony Scarfo,s fresh produce straight from the farm,joyful fair,Sun gods,levant,Uac 6 ,live a little gelato,Nice life,Open 9.00am to 1.00pm every Saturday.Love it.
The People's Market at West Lakes Shore has increasing range of certified organic packaged goods and produce like Kym's Apples from Forest Range as well as chemical free produce e.g. from Askara farm in Willunga, Houghton, Waikerie(i.e. most produce is sourced from Adelaide hills, plains and Riverland and customers via food swaps with preference towards no spray/certified farms/gardeners).
The Organic & Sustainable Market at Henley Beach Primary School every Saturday rain or shine!! 9am-1pm. Quality and authentic certified organic produce and products. Attracts well known chefs and committed to supporting local organic farmers. Will definitely be back. I highly recommend it to anyone committed to sustainability and eating clean organic food.
OrganicBox home delivery is ACO Certified and has been around for 7 years. They deliver Fruit, Vegetables, Grocery lines, Dairy, meats and chicken including their own Grass Fed Beef they run on their farm in the Adelaide Hills, plus lamb, pork.WWW.Organicbox.com.au
Foodland at Henley Square has quite a lot of Cert Organic stuff and some of it is actually from Australia! It also sells org meat, which is unusual. You can buy pretty well all your shopping at this store and not have to go for the non-organic option because that's all they have.
I know I'm a bit late to this article but I found a lot of those places aren't any longer around. I used to shop at Wilson's but these days I shop at The Simple Market in Mile End, all their produce is certified organic or biodynamic and mostly from SA.
The Peoples Market is now located 45 st Vincent St Port Adelaide open Fri-Sun 10-4. It has an organic section as well as food swaps from local backyard/farms in the hills. Certified organic produce can also be ordered thrurs by text or email for Fri/Sat pick up.