The Muesli Bar is a unique health food business that began four years ago at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, before they opened up a store in Fyshwick in late 2016. It is owned by local couple Lisa and Rowland, who found it hard to find muesli at the supermarket which contained everything they wanted, so they started to make their own. After taking their products to the markets, they found a strong following of customers who also wanted the same thing - choice. Although they are now open to the public all week from their Fyshwick store, they are also still at the same markets to catch up with their loyal customers and sell their delicious range of muesli, granola, porridge, trail mix and wholesome products.
If you enjoy supporting local businesses, then track them down at either venue, particularly at their store in Fyshwick - just a short walk from the popular Ona Coffee House, in the block next door. As soon as you walk in, you will be hit in the face with the smell of toasted granola...and it smells good!
When I walked in the door of their Fyshwick store, I was greeted by Amelie, who passionately explained their range of preservative-free products and the options available. As I was enjoying the comforting smell of the granola cooking in the kitchen behind, she showed me the bags of finished product lined up on the shelf. The "grain free" granola has pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, local honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. The smallest bag costs $13 for a 350-gram bag. As well as selling these bags of goodness at the store and Capital Region Farmers Market, they can also be found at IGA supermarkets and other stockists around Canberra.
Another feature of this business is that you can order your own personalised combination of muesli, granola or porridge to suit your tastes or dietary requirements. You can do this in the store, at the markets or order it online and they will either post it to you, or take it the Capital Region Farmers Market on the Saturday for you to pick up - which is a handy service if you live on the north side of Canberra.
A small bag of Grain Free Granola - $13 for 350 grams (my new favourite breakfast with yoghurt!)
Also at their Fyshwick store is a range of trail mix and products on display from local businesses such as Sweet Pea and Poppy, Canberra Urban Honey and Jasper and Myrtle. As I visited before Christmas, my eye was drawn to the Christmas Layered Cookie Jars for $25, prettily displayed on the counter. They contain the ingredients to make at least 25 delicious, nutritious cookies with dark choc chips, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, rolled oats, flour and sugar - you just need to add an egg, butter and vanilla. As I was wondering who to buy this unique and healthy gift for, I was offered a finished cookie to try, made in the kitchen behind. It was so delicious that in the end, I bought it as a Christmas present to myself, to share with my family and to also wrap some up in cellophane for Christmas presents.
With so many tasty options to try in the one store - as well as at the markets - you won't leave empty-handed!