If you want to eat food that was locally grown or made, you have lots of choices. If you want to eat Certified Organic food, you again have lots of choices. But if you want to eat food that is both local and Certified Organic then, at least in North East Melbourne, your choices are very limited. In this context, this article essentially provides a number of lists organised under the following headings:
- Local Certified Organic food producers.
- Local sources of non-local Certified Organic produce.
- Not certified but ….
Local Certified Organic food producers
I am aware of only 5 Certified Organic food producers in North East Melbourne, namely:
- Australian Harvest / Bio Grape (vinegars, mustards, jams, chutneys, sauces and fruit pastes).
- Hildebrand Ridge Organic Vineyard (wine).
- Organic Times (chocolate).
- Petty’s Orchard (apples).
- Sure Things (garlic).
Local sources of non-local Certified Organic produce
There are lots of shops around North East Melbourne which sell Certified Organic produce. For example, within 10Km of Eltham, there are 4 such: Dynamic Vegies (Eltham); The Natural Food Market (Montmorency); Organic Fix (Eltham); and Yarra Organics (Templestowe).
Perhaps the most well known shop is Terra Madre (Northcote) – a truly wonderful shop.
Of particular note are those shops which, as well as selling Certified Organic produce, are themselves Certified Organic. As I understand it, this means that they can re-package bulk Certified Organic items without these items losing their certification. There are 17 such in North East Melbourne, namely:
- Angelo’s Organic Natureland (Blackburn).
- Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods (Balwyn).
- Aunt Maggie’s Organics (Fitzroy).
- Belmore Biodynamic Meats (Thornbury).
- Belmore Meats (Balwyn).
- Di Censo (Doncaster East).
- Eastfield Natural Foods (Croydon South).
- Evergrin Organics (Camberwell).
- Go Vita (various locations).
- Hagen’s Organic Meats (Richmond).
- Health Food Thyme (Croydon).
- Kew Organics (Kew).
- Organic Angels (Box Hill South).
- Pachamama Wholefoods (Brunswick).
- Rendina’s Butchery Biodynamic & Organic Meats (Balwyn).
- Supa IGA East Ringwood (Ringwood East).
- The Organic Union (Surrey Hills).
Click here for the full list of across the whole of Victoria.
Most farmers’ markets will have a number of Certified Organic stallholders. For example, there are 6 such at Eltham Farmers’ Market: 99th Monkey; Australian Harvest / Bio Grape; Chiron Health; Peninsula Fresh Organics; Schulz Organic Farms; and Telopea Mtn Permaculture & Nursery.
Of particular note are those stalls which sell a full range of vegetables. These include:
- Angelica Organic Farm: at Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market and Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market.
- Baw Baw Organics: at Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market and Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market.
- Peninsula Fresh Organics: at Eltham Farmers’ Market and Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market.
- Spring Creek Organics: at Carlton Farmers’ Market and Fairfield Farmers’ Market.
Finally, there are a number of local organisations who will deliver Certified Organic produce to your home, including:
- Greenline Organic (Thomastown).
- Kew Organics (Kew).
- Organic Angels (Box Hill).
- Organic Empire (Mt Evelyn).
Click here to see which if these will deliver to your suburb/postcode.
Not certified but …
Certified Organic ingredients
6 of the producers in the Local Food Directory say that basically all the ingredients in their products are Certified Organic:
- Blossom’s Organics (spices, seed blends, chai, dukkah and relish).
- KABUU (seedlings).
- My Goosey Gander (granola).
- Offaly Good Food (pate).
- Old Evropa (bread).
- Yarra Coffee (coffee).