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The Pantry: An Organic Grocery Cooperative

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by Rachael Taylor (subscribe)
My husband and I run a small mixed farm on the Mornington Peninsula. You can check us out online at or in person at our fortnightly tours
Published September 21st 2012
Organic groceries, community and fun comes together
The Pantry is an organic food coop, located at South Melbourne Commons. The idea of a food coop is that they buy produce in bulk, and then can pass on cheaper prices to the community.

The Pantry sells organic, ethically produced food ranging from corn chips to bananas to chocolate. They also have a bring-your-own-container system for an assortment of dry goods (flour, pasta, muesli, etc.), and some wet (honey, soy sauce, etc).

Bulk Goods at The Pantry
Bulk Buy Options at The Pantry

The pantry stocks more than just food though. They also sell cleaning materials and personal care products.

The Pantry also offers a Fruit and Veg box option. The boxes come in three sizes: Standard ($35), Medium ($49) and Large ($69). They must be ordered by noon on Monday, and become available for pick up on Thursday. Delivery is available for $7, so long as you aren't TOO far from South Melbourne.

The Pantry Veggie Box
My Veggie Box from The Pantry

Order forms for boxes are available here, or you can check out their website for more information.

I want to be upfront with you: it's not a cheap greengrocer, but it's cheap for what you get. If you are struggling to pay for that coyo habit (rich, vegan and addictive coconut yoghurt), then offer to volunteer.

The Pantry is always looking for people to help out, and as well as meeting new people, you'll get $7.50 with them for every hour of your time. Call The Pantry to ask how you can help! Also, don't forget that members of The Commons get 10% off.

The Pantry
They don't do plastic bags at The Pantry

The Pantry is definitely worth a look, and is open Thursday to Sunday, so make a day of it: head to the Bank Street Market (held in The Commons' car park and hall), have a cuppa at Let Me Be Frank, (The Commons' cafe), and grab your groceries from The Pantry at the same time. Lovely.
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Why? Organic food is good for you!
When: 9am-4pm, Thursday-Sunday
Phone: 03 9690 3614
Where: South Melbourne Commons, cnr Bank and Montague St, South Melbourne
Cost: Depends what you buy!
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