Want to buy organic food in Sydney, but not sure where to look? Here’s our advice on picking the best place to shop and what you should be looking for when choosing your organic produce.
Shopping for organic fruit and vegetables in Sydney
Whether you’ve just made the switch to organic or are a long-time convert who has moved to a new area, finding places to buy quality organic produce in Sydney can be a little tricky. Chances are that you’ve tried the usual tactics (Googled ‘organic produce Sydney’ or ‘organic fruit and vegetables near me’, ‘organic meat’, searched your local shopping strip for a store that stocks organic produce, asked around about your local farmers’ market) and found a few places. But how do you know which one to pick?
When choosing where to get your organic produce in Sydney, there are three questions you should ask yourself. Are they local? Are their prices reasonable? And are they ‘certified organic’? Do they have the best quality organic fruit and veg, organic meat and chicken, organics egg and dairy available?
Why is local better?
Sydney is a big city. Driving from one side to the other can take hours and an awful lot of fuel. For most people, doing this regularly just isn’t realistic.
As such, it’s important to find somewhere near you to buy your organic fruit and vegetables. This will not only save you time and transportation costs; it will make your shopping experience a lot less stressful.
Similarly, look for a supplier that sources their organic fruits and vegetables from local producers. This will mean it has travelled less distance to get to you and should be fresher. It will also help minimise the environmental impact of your produce (the further your food needs to travel, the bigger its environmental footprint) and means that you are supporting local organic farmers.
Good value, not cheap
Generally speaking, no matter where you buy your organic produce in Sydney, it will cost more than if it was from a conventional farm. This is because organic farming is a more natural process and tends to yield smaller crops. But considering all the benefits of eating organic, a little extra expense is totally worth it.
However, this doesn’t mean you should just pay any price. Just like with other groceries, the cost of your organic produce will vary depending on where you buy it. As such, it’s still important to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
Always look for the ‘certified organic’ label
Go into any standard Sydney supermarket, and you’re sure to see plenty of products labelled ‘organic’ on their shelves. While it would seem reasonable to assume that this produce is, in fact, organic, that’s not necessarily the case. This is because the use of the term ‘organic’ is not regulated in Australia.
Instead, when searching for organic produce or organic food in Sydney, focus on finding products and stores that are ‘certified organic’ from – like Wholefoods House. This means that they have been assessed by one of seven government accredited organisations and that they meet the Australian standard for organic food production.