Where to Buy Organic in Melbourne

Where to Buy Organic in Melbourne


where to shop organic in MelbourneHaving gone from eating conventional product to organic I do believe there is a difference in the taste and quality of the produce. So, I eat organic where I can and I grow some of my own too. If you have just moved to Melbourne, are on a holiday and need to know where to buy organic in Melbourne or have moved to a new suburb then you will want to know where your local organic shop is.

I have listed some organic stores here and I will continue to add them where I know of them. Or, if you know of a new one that has popped up then please leave a comment below so I can check them out or add them to the list. A more extensive list is at the bottom of this post.

Organic Stores In Melbourne

Terra Madre (The Fruit Pedallers)

Location: 103 High St. Northcote.

A few doors up from Westgarth Cinema on High St. or near the cafe called Barry on Cnr Barry St and High St.

Terra Madre

Terra Madre Organic Store
http://www.terramadre.com.au/

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sat 8:30am – 7:30pm,

Sun 9:30am – 7:30pm

This store also known as The Fruit Pedallers, is a major organic supplier to the area and where I shop the most. It has evolved over the years. It was a small store to start, with personal service and a range of products that you could not get anywhere else.  Now, the store has grown. They bought out the shop next door and converted it and I have to say there is a diverse range of products and they also offer other services too such as naturopath consultations.

What has always surprised me about Terra Madre is the price of organic food. It has always been cheaper than buying conventional at my local supermarket. That has not changed even though they have grown as a store and in popularity.

The only thing I find challenging about Terra madre is the crowds. I find the shoppers there are not very aware of others around them so they will sometimes just obliviously block the passage with themselves or their trolleys or baskets so others cannot move through and keep going. What makes it more difficult too is that you are often having to make your way around the staff stocking the shelves in the produce section. They turn over so much stock and produce that if they did not continue to stock during business hours, the shelves would fast become empty. So, between the customers and the staff, it can feel frustrating. Some times (especially Sundays) are more busy than others but this is generally a VERY busy organic store.

Fresh Organic Produce

The produce is good because they turn over so much of it. You can get some organic product from Coles and Woolworths but I can only guess that it has been sitting in cold stores most of the time. Most times too, the supermarket organics are n0t cheap.

I even managed to get my first ever yacon root (normally converted to syrup in jars to buy there). Fresh tumeric has also been available and they are well stocked most times with a huge ranges of fruits and vegetables.

They also have bulk dry goods that are in dispensers. In recent times, you will notice that most of what is on the shelves in just Terra Madre Branded. This can be annoying at times as you might not want their own branded goods.

They are a progressive store too so if you are into raw nut milks, raw juice, kombucha and tibicos then this is the place. I make my own water kefir and will eventually make my own kombucha too. I have access to kombucha and can sell it to anyone who wants to start. Contact me if you are interested.

How To Get To Terra Madre

There is quite a bit of parking available around Terra Madre. You can drive up the hill a bit and park on High St on the left heading out of the city. There is usually plenty of parking there and you only have to walk a block. You can also use the trolley to transport your goods to your car and return it once done.

The tram runs along High St and there are cafes and other shops to explore. You might like to stop by at the Raw Food Restaurant just across the road from Terra Madre. It is called Shoku Iku and if you blink you could miss it.

Staff And Checkout

Yes it is busy there but surprisingly, even though you might be 18th in the queue, the staff are super fast and the register line moves fast. The staff are always friendly too but if you want specific advice then you are best to speak to one of their qualified naturopaths. I have been shopping there so long that I know some of them by name as they know me. You can also spot the odd raw celeb too such as Kemi Nekvapil.

The only thing you need to watch out for is that sometimes the registers get it wrong. You may be charged a double for an item and sometimes that may mean quite a few dollars. So, always ask for a receipt.

This is a definite ‘go to’ for organic stores if you live in the North to North East Melbourne suburbs.

Super Fruit / First Harvest Organics

Location: 230 Waterdale Rd. Ivanhoe.

Nestled in with other shops in the strip and two doors down  from Lip Cafe.

Super fruit organic store in north east melbourne

Opening Hours:

Wed: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Simon is/was the owner at Superfruit Organics (the name may have changed to First Harvest Organics) and this store has been there a few years now. This too, like Terra Madre has evolved and the store layout has changed some over the years. Super Fruit is much smaller than Terra Madre.

 Fresh Organic Produce

 The produce here is fresh and you can often find the greens are reasonably priced. Super Fruit prices are generally very high and as the supermarket shopper would believe of organics. Often people say “I don’t buy organic because it is too expensive”. Well, Super Fruit is expensive but I did used to go there occasionally to top up on things I missed at Terra Madre.
You can find the unusual products here that you cannot seem to find in other organic stores and there is a wide variety to choose from. You can get some things in bulk and there is quite a range of body products.

How To Get There

Super Fruit is located in the Ivanhoe North shopping strip on Waterdale Rd not far from Bell St. It is about a 15 minute walk from Ivanhoe train station or you can park out front or in one of the side streets. There are no trams but you may be able to bus it if needed.

 Staff And Checkout

The staff are always friendly and helpful. You generally don’t have to wait to be served at the register. Occasionally there is someone before you but that’s about it. So you can duck in and duck out pretty quickly.
If the prices were lower we would have shopped there more often. If they don’t have a product you can request it. Worth going for a look but be cashed up and bring your own carry bags.

Kew Organics

Location: 4/79 Willsmere Rd Kew.

Easy to walk past without knowing it is there. Located in the shop strip near the Earl St roundabout and kind of opposite a very popular coffee shop / cafe called Ora.

organic store in kewOpening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 3pm

I decided to give this little organic shop a try because I was after some Loving Earth Kale Chips and everyone was out of stock at the time. It’s really not obvious that it is there and if you literally blink you will miss it. I have been to this store on about 4 occasions in more recent times so I don’t know much about the history or the owners.

Fresh Organic Produce

They do have quite a range of fresh produce although I don’t find it as fresh as some other organic stores in Melbourne. This organic shop might seem a bit pokey but it is more of a long skinny store that stocks a good range of shelf goods. The prices are not too bad and they also have a little section (at the time of writing this) on health DVDs such as ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’.

How To Get There

This place is not far from Burke Rd but you can only get there by car or bus. The Eastern Freeway is not far away so if you live in the Eastern suburbs then this might be a good organic shop for you on the way home from work. It is a bit of a walk from Kew junction.

You can park on the street further back, which is easier than trying to find a park right out front.

Staff And Checkout

I have found the staff to be hmmmm….disconnected. Friendly but reserved and not like the service I get at other organic shops. Mostly I’m not there for the service though; just there to get my products and be on my way. Like Super Fruit, you don’t have to worry about long queues of people. There are generally other people there shopping but I’m used to Terra Madre.

Other organic stores that might be local to you:

I still have a lot of stores I haven’t been to so, I give you a list to help you find where to buy organic locally in Melbourne. Feel free to comment below about your experience.

List Of Organic Stores In Melbourne:

CERES – Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East

COS Cheltenham Organic Store – 360 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham

Australasian Organic Wholesalers – 43 Taunton Dr, Cheltenham

Box My Bunch – 154 Tennyson St, Elwood

Organic Wholefoods – 277 Smith St, Fitzroy

Organic Larder – 167 Malop Street, Geelong

Superfruit Organics – 230 Waterdale Rd, Ivanhoe

Kew Organics – 4/79 Willesmere Rd, Kew

Melbourne Street Organics – 1430 High St, Malvern

Queen Victoria Market – Garden Organics located Stall 71-76, I Shed Stalls 71-77, Therry St, Melbourne

The Organic Food And Wine Deli – 28 Degraves St, Melbourne

Get Real Organics – Were St, Montmorency

Passionfoods – 219 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

Terra Madre (The Fruit Pedallers) – 103 High St, Northcote

Joe’s Organic Market – 64 Victoria Rd, Northcote

Replenish – 20 Douglas Parade, Williamstown

 

If you have a local organic store you frequent in Melbourne that I have missed then slap me about and send me on my way. Actually, if you slap me with a few storks of rainbow chard the bruising won’t show and I can add them to my green smoothie in the morning. 🙂

Happy Organic hunter gathering everyone!

Give yourself the power to roar!

Eileen.

 

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