There are many reasons why people choose to eat organic foods. Most people like to know that what they are putting in their bodies is pure and chemical-free, whilst others may do it for medical reasons - to eliminate chemicals that may be playing havoc with their immune or digestive systems. For many, they realise the benefits of eating organic, however they may also just prefer their food to taste like it is meant to - naturally. Here in Canberra, there is a wide range of organic outlets to buy your fruit, vegetables, weekly shopping, snacks, meat, eggs and even a sneaky coffee and cake fix! Let's go shopping!
Shop for organic produce at Organic Energy, Griffith. Image: Organic Energy Facebook
Organic Energy is a fruit and vegetable store in Griffith that only sells the freshest, certified organic produce from Young and around the region. They also sell a range of raw treats to take home and offer fresh produce boxes to deliver to your home. See here for details.
Choku Bai Jo is a fresh fruit and vegetable store in Lyneham and Curtin, which sells local produce from local farms - including a wide variety of organic produce. Look for the green signs in the store which indicate they are organically-grown. See here for details.
The Food Co Op in the CBD sells local, organic, sustainable, Fair Trade and ethical fruit and vegetables and a wide range of bulk products. On the other side of the store is a popular café, which uses fresh, vegan produce from the store and offers delicious, organic coffee. See here for details.
Three Mills Bakery sells one type of organic bread - Organic Spelt Sourdough - from their popular bakery and café at Majura Park. You can also buy it from As Nature Intended, below. See here for details.
As Nature Intended is an organic health food store at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, which sells fresh produce and a wide range of health items. Whilst there, why not have a bite to eat in their café and enjoy their healthy range. See here for details.
Bulk Health Food Stores are located all around the city, with organic dried fruits, cooking ingredients and snacks sold by the gram - so you can buy as much or as little as you like. Wander the aisles and pick what you like, with each tub clearly marked if they are certified organic. Two of the most popular include Naked Foods and The Source. See here for a full listing.
There are three main markets where you will find organic produce around the region - Capital Region Farmers Market (Mitchell), Southside Farmers Market (Woden) and the Southern Harvest Market (Bungendore and Queanbeyan in NSW). These local organic farms, below, sell at one, two or all of them, so check their websites and Facebook to see where they are setting up their stalls this week.
Windellama Organics is located 1.5 hours north of Canberra and they sell certified organic fruit, vegetables, herbs, jams, tea and flowers at the Capital Region Farmers Market and Southern Harvest Farmers Markets in Queanbeyan. See here for details.
Greenhill Farm is located near Bungendore and they sell quality certified organic, grass-fed angus beef meat, as well as organic vegetables and seedlings at the Capital Region Farmers Market, Southern Harvest Market and Southside Markets. This farm is biodynamic, which means it is organic and also uses methods of farming the way nature intended. See their website and Facebook for updates of where they will be this week.
You can't beat this for colour! Image: Original photos from Greenhill Farm Facebook
Caroola Farm is a holistically-managed farm located at Mulloon, between Bungendore and Braidwood. Their produce includes organic herbs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, eggs and meat. You can find them at the Southside Farmers Market, Southern Harvest Farmers Market and on their farm - by appointment only. See here for details.
Mulloon Creek Natural Farms is located in the same region as Caroola Farm, above, and they farm organic, free-range chickens to produce delicious, organic eggs. This interesting farm has two Maremma dogs looking after the chickens, to enable them to be completely free-range and protect them from foxes. This farm doesn't sell at the markets, however there are 10 stockists for their eggs here in Canberra. See here for details.
Sweet Bones Café in Braddon is a popular organic, vegan and cruelty-free café, with an array of beautifully-cooked meals on their menu and delicious cakes in their display cabinet. They only use the finest organic ingredients, which makes everything they make full of intense flavours. See here for details.
The Organic Bean is a small café, tucked away at the back of the Kingston Foreshore. It specialises in selling organic produce, organic coffee and gluten-free snacks, which are made in-house using organic ingredients. Also stop for a delicious coffee and waffles, made from organic ingredients. See here for menu.
Mountain Creek Wholefoods is a health food store located in Griffith and at the back of the store is the Organic Kitchen, which offers organic juices, smoothies, soft-serve yoghurt, salads, wraps and sandwiches to enjoy outside on a bench under the trees. See here for details.
When you buy organic produce, it may cost a little more than the supermarket, however you can really taste the difference. The natural flavours are robust, the colours are more intense and the knowledge of where your food comes from, seems to make everything taste even sweeter. Why don't you check it out this weekend and see if you can taste the difference?
It's worth the effort - your body will thank you!
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