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Support Victoria With These 7 Delicious Products That Give Back

By James Shackell
21st Sep 2020

Want to support Victorian businesses? No worries. Sit down on the couch, fire up the laptop, and head to Click for Vic. It’s an online store, stocked with nothing but true blue, 100% locally-owned Victorian goodness, brought to you by the guys at Visit Victoria. 

Buying your salt from Bendigo, rather than Coles, might not seem like a big deal, but your spending power has never meant more than right now. Small businesses all over Victoria are doing it tough. They’ve got scrumptious food, and we’ve got cash to spend. Not only that, but each of these products aim to give back to the community and/or the environment. So not only are you supporting small businesses, you're supporting an even greater cause. That’s what they call a win/win. 

Here are just a few of the delicious things you can find on Click for Vic that will fill the belly and warm the soul, by giving back to the local community.

Craft Beer From The Great Ocean Road

Just because pubs are closed doesn’t mean you can’t find quality brews online. Get Forbidden Fruit cider and Prickly Moses craft beer delivered straight to your door through Vic Country Market, one of Click for Vic’s partner sites. These guys bottle the good stuff straight out of the Otways, using pure rainwater and solar power, and some of the flavour combos are pretty wild.  The best part? The Prickly Moses Spotted Ale donates all profits directly to the Conservation Ecology Centre in the Otways helping to protect endangered Tiger quolls. Who knew drinking beer could do this much good?

Farm-Fresh Veggies From Geelong

Common Ground is a not-for-profit community farm, based just outside Geelong. They supply fruit and veggies to come of Melbourne’s best cafes, including Top Paddock, Higher Ground and Kettle Black. And now they supply you guys. Order the Seasonal Farmer’s Box, stocked with whatever’s fresh, or get fennel bulbs, big wodges of beetroot, parsley, dill, broccoli and leeks on tap.  

Canned Cocktails From Ends & Means

Ends & Means is a small cocktail bar in Fitzroy with big dreams to deliver a world-class drinking experience with a focus on sustainability, minimal waste and great service. From day dot, these guys have wanted to highlight and address the wasteful and unethical practices seen within the hospitality industry by setting a new, more positive example, while still shaking up an epic end product. If like us, you're loving what these guys are all about, make sure to snag some of their mouth-watering canned cocktails.

Crusty Sourdough From Collingwood   

The legends at STREAT haven’t let lockdown stand in their way. They’re delivering hampers, groceries and ready-to-go meals around the clock. But one thing that really caught our eye is the STREAT Bakery, which churns out crusty, gnarly sourdough loaves, fluffy milk loaves and focaccias. Even more good news, you can eat great bread and support youth homelessness at the same time.

Indigenous-Inspired Meals At Home

What’s for dinner tonight? How about handmade crocodile spring rolls, stir-fried kangaroo rump, or emu penne with warrigal spinach? Welcome to the delicious ready-meals of Charcoal Lane, a Mission Australia social enterprise that supports young Aboriginal people all over Victoria. These guys have put together an amazing menu, chock full of native ingredients, and it’s all cooked from their kitchens in Fitzroy. If you're keen to dabble in some delicious spices, sauces and hampers made with native ingredients, make sure to check out Mabu Mabu, a Torres Strait cafe, and shop based in Yarraville.

Salt And Spices From Loddon

The green hills of Loddon have supported Victoria’s best broad acre farms for generations. Some of the state’s finest bread, meat, olives and tomatoes come from this little valley, just outside Bendigo, and you can find them all on The Loddon Shed. This place lives and breathes sustainability having provided for generations of local families, pulling together the best of Loddon produce. With everything from natural and organic cold-pressed soap, paddock-to-plate pork and lamb, 100% local Merino wool and sustainably sourced Saffron, there's alittle something for everyone here. They’ve even got a dedicated spice shop, stocked with local salt, chillies and pickled jalapenos.

Milk And Butter From Gippsland

The image of happy cows, peacefully grazing on green, green grass while the sun sets behind them might seem kind of unreal in 2020, but you can still find it at Gippsland Jersey, a little dairy farm in Jindivick. These guys make some truly epic butter, and you can buy it direct through their online shop. Though, the real reason we love buying Gippsland Jersey is that when you buy their milk, you are directly supporting Gippsland farmers. Not only are you ensuring that farmers are paid a fair price for their labour but a percentage of Gippsland Jersey profits go towards supporting farmers who may be struggling with their emotional and mental wellbeing. Now that's something we can get behind.

Indulging in delicious treats has never felt so good. To support this great state of ours, and its makers, farmers and chefs, head to Click for Vic to get the best of Victoria delivered to your door.

Image credit: Common Ground Project

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Visit Vic and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

 

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