Earlier this year I began a fruit and vegetable food co-op, with the aim of providing for myself and a group of friends wanting good quality, clean, locally sourced, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
I found two great suppliers, who we use alternate weeks. As a co-op we have been happy with the produce we have been able to source locally from these suppliers. Kelly from Sandy Creek Gourmet Produce provides first grade, spray free goodies and Neil from Everything Good at Beerwah provides spray/chemical free or organic produce, mostly first grade, others with a few ugly spots. I think it’s important for the kids to learn to enjoy all food regardless of its appearance, and it’s always fresh, tasty and from local farmers.
A local bakery lets us pick up their leftover stock at the end of the day (which would otherwise be thrown out) and this gets distributed to the co-op. The group provides a weekly box to a local charity which prepares meals for homeless people, and a weekly box of fruit to the local primary school chaplain to provide to kids at risk.
The co-op has taken off far more than my co-op partner and I expected – we have a growing group of around 20 boxes per week. Most are families who appreciate how affordable it is, and all say they love bringing home the smorgasbord of colours, smells and tastes to their kids.
Once set up, the actual ordering and packing is not very time consuming – certainly much less painful than taking three small children to a supermarket! In fact, it’s a pleasure when you know so much good, clean food is going to young families. If you can get a group together, I encourage you to start your own!
Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.
Our approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.
- GOOD: quality, flavorsome and healthy food
- CLEAN: production that does not harm the environment
- FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers