You know you want to. You just don’t know how. You don’t even know what some of them are!
All these delicious looking, healthy recipes that list ingredients you’ve never heard of, let alone know where to buy. Cacao mousse. Chia pudding. Quinoa porridge. Green smoothie with hemp seeds and bee pollen.
Here’s the Inside Scoop
I’ve listed my favourite sources, locally around north-side Brisbane and online. For readers further afield, just ask around for local options, particularly at health food stores, raw cafes and farmers markets.
Farmers markets are a great way to buy local, seasonal foods. Local is preferable as the distance the food has travelled (food miles) is minimised – good for the environment and more recently picked. Plus eating within your climate zone is better for your health. Seasonal is also worth considering, as eating the same foods year-round can introduce or aggravate intolerances.
Kylie from Organics at Redcliffe Jetty Markets offers a great range of produce from 8am-12pm every Sunday.
The Sunday Organic Farmers’ Markets at Northey Street Brisbane are a hub of activity, with a huge range of fruit, vegetables, breads, meat, dairy, dry goods and preserves, from 6-10:30am http://www.nscf.org.au/market/
Home Delivery Services
I use Home Fresh Organics, ordering a medium set box every fortnight. I substitute items within the box by advising two days before delivery – which works for us as we grow fruits and vegetables in our back garden. HFO are currently offering half price for the first box if you mention I referred you (in which case I would also receive a $10 discount on my next order). www.homefreshorganics.com.au
Food Connect is another popular choice brisbane.foodconnect.com.au/
In Sandgate, Ironwood Cottage stocks bulk whole foods, including flours, grains, legumes, honey, coffees and fresh produce. Karen and Shivani are a wealth of knowledge regarding natural foods. Open Monday to Friday 9-5pm and Saturday mornings.
For meat, Louise Hensby coordinates a bulk purchase of beef and lamb every few months from biodynamic farmers in Killarney, on the Border Ranges.
Alternatively, Jason’s Quality Meats in Brighton offers free range chicken, free range and nitrate free bacon, ham and pork, and grass fed beef. And his sausages are awesome!
Miessence offers three impressive superfood combinations (antioxidants, probiotics and alkalising greens) which support good health, particularly in the gut, the epicentre of your mental and physical health. I offer these for sale at Health & Wellness Revolution, or online at http://kyliebevan.miessence.com/
Raw Pleasure, based in Burleigh Heads, is Australia’s largest raw food store and prices are very good. Shipping is a flat $10, so you can stock up with one order. http://raw-pleasure.com.au/
So, you are just days away from having cacao nibs, bee pollen, chia seeds, quinoa flakes and hemp seeds in your pantry.
What are you going to buy first?
Questions, clarifications and your personal favourite sources welcome.
In a future article I’ll cover where you can source house cleaning and body products (hint: I stock some fabulous ones!)