Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Organic Markets - Love them or Lose them!

It is rewarding to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Because it is so nice to have produce you can pick exactly when you want it and you know what you have put on the plants to make them grow. We have a saying in our house when we pick anything from the garden " it could only be fresher if I had run from the garden to the house". For many people growing your own isn't an option, due to climate, availability of land etc, but where you buy your produce from, is an option.

If you are like me, the thought of buying all my vegetables from one of the major supermarkets is really not acceptable. Basically, I like to support local growers and I believe if I buy from a Farmer's Market or local market I am helping to keep the smaller growers in business. 

Thank goodness for dedicated, passionate people like Aasha, who runs The Organic Corner Store. Open at Glenelg North Community Centre, Alison Road, Glenelg North on a Thursday 9.00am - 1.00pm and  at the Bellevue Heights Primary School on Saturdays from 9.00am - 1.00pm. 

Look for this sign!
Aasha, has been running this Organic Market with the help of a few volunteers, for almost 2 years and when I visited the Glenelg North site last week, I was met with a fantastic array of fresh, in season, organic vegetables and a frenzy of people enjoying the weather and the atmosphere of the market. 
As part of the Organic Corner Store there is a fruit and veg co-op where you can pre-order a box of organic goodies. Aasha has searched the markets to ensure that what you get in your organic box lives up to its name - 'organic', at a comparable price. For $25 plus an admin fee of $5 you get a mixture of vegetables and fruit in season. And you can order as many as you like. You can email an order through and then pick up on Thursday or Saturday. Now what could be easier than that?

Check out the photos and see how this produce compares to what you are currently buying.

The fruit and vegetable orders waiting to be collected

A box of organic fruit and vegetables, ready to be taken home

What an enormous head of broccoli

There were many other delicious things to try and buy; Wine from Wild Fox Wines, Organic flour and rice and other pantry goods from Seed Independent Organic Co, Olive Oil from Armata Grove . The market at Bellevue Heights is relatively new and it would be great to see this take off like the Glenelg North market.

Beautiful local Olive Oil from the foothills of Adelaide

I bought the organic brown rice and I have to say that it is the best I have ever tasted

There is also a Food Swap table where you can bring in your extra fruit, herbs, veg or home made produce and swap for something else, maybe a jar of pickle or even some plants.
The swap table was doing a good trade for most of the morning
My biggest concern is that there are not enough locals supporting the venture in Bellevue Heights and if we don't give it our support then the major supermarkets win out again. The venue is ideal if you have children because they can use the playground while you sit in the sun and enjoy a coffee from the Great Relish Nomadic cafĂ©. 

Believe me when I tell you that when I checked out the 'Organic' produce at the supermarkets, I would have thrown most of it in my compost bin! And the price.......well lets not get into a discussion about that.

If you are living close to Adelaide, in the local area or would like a great excursion, then wander in to one of these venues and say g'day! Because if we do not support these ventures, where to buy wholesome, organic food will be very limited if not impossible, especially on your doorstep.

Thank you Aasha and your volunteers for what you are doing to promote good, healthy, chemical free food.

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