Gone are the days when you could meander down a shopping aisle, basket in hand, picking from the shelves with a clear conscience. As we learn more and more about the importance of reducing food miles, the dangers of pesticides, the horrors of GM, and the benefits of going for locally grown foodstuffs, the harder it is to justify a trip to the local supermarket chain.
Luckily, Brisbane is home to some outstanding small grocers and food delivery services that offer an amazing array of locally grown, ethically sourced, and—best of all—healthy food for you to purchase. They also cater for those hard-to-find items that your big-chain supermarket just isn't going to stock (prunes soaked in shiraz, I'm looking at you).
Here are our favourite ethical grocery stores and food delivery services in Brisbane.
The Standard Market Co.
Gourmet provisions abound at The Standard Market Co. in the bustling new Gasworks Plaza and at James Street. This is a fresh food store specialising in the best of everything, including a butcher, bakery, patisserie (with all the delightful treaties made fresh onsite), fromagerie, fruit and vegetable, gourmet deli plus shelves stocked with hard-to-find delicacies to please even the most rigid of food snobs.
Organics at Marcia's
Organics at Marcia's is an ethical wonderland for those with seriously discerning tastes. Not only do they stock a huge range of fresh food and pantry items but you will also find lots of great stuff when it comes to skincare and lifestyle products. An off-shoot of kitchen and homewares favourite Marcia's on Montague, Organics is right at home in the heartland of all things ethical and slightly bohemian, West End.
Just around the corner sits new café and grocer, Plenty which wholeheartedly lives and espouses the ethical, sustainable farm-to-table philosophy (and how rare is that?). Both operations focus on local and sustainably produced items, while promoting the people who grow the food we eat through their blog series called 'Know Your Farmer'. There are also some pretty cool plans in the works to use the space for a communal pickling pantry, butcher's bench, smokehouse, drying room, apiary and cheese cave. Mmm, cheese caves. We predict big things for this little Brisbane grocer and cafe.
Our friends (it's just down the road from our offices) at Sourced Grocer have been pushing—in the best way possible—their green and sustainable way of doing things on us for a couple of years now, and we couldn't be happier about it. Stocked to the brim with local, organic, sustainable produce, and café serving up some very, very tasty food and coffee to the hungry locals, Sourced is totally committed to making sure that you don't have to think twice about the consequences of your eating habits. It's no suprise Sourced are one of our very favourite grocers in Brisbane.
The delivered food box concept has been around for a little while but Food Connect has taken it to a new local and sustainable level. Ordered online and dropped off at various pick up points around the city, the seasonal and organic produce comes direct from farmers within South East Queensland. It provides a steady income for the producers, and you know exactly where your fruit and veg' are coming from each week.
This natural and organic-centric online store stocks everything from non-GMO and pesticide-free fresh fruits and vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meats and dairy, eco-friendly household cleaning products and allergen-free health and beauty supplies, plus organic baby foods. It's also home to a huge range of vitamins and supplements as well as natural pet foods. Delivered to both homes and offices from the Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast, you'll get free next-day delivery when you spend more than $60.
Well on its way to institution status (9 years and 8 stores!) on Brisbane's organic grocer scene, Wray Organic is stocked full of so much great organic and sustainable food and products, you won't know where to start. Not only are the shelves groaning, but the café does delicious food and great coffees, too.
Where's your favourite place to get your ethical, sustainable or organic groceries? Let us know in the comments below!