A few months ago I spent some time listening to Zach Bush and Rich Roll talking about this broken food system of ours and I decided in that moment that I was going to start a food co-op, something I had been meaning to do for years…
It has taken a few long months of late nights spent researching local small scale organic growers, interviewing friends and slowly curating a list of pantry staples like rain fed rice, biodynamic oats, flour, olive oil and nuts. To be fair, there were a few Youtube rabbit hole detours learning about regenerative agriculture, biodynamic farming and even backyard permaculture as I weighed up all options and came to a simple list of fifteen core pantry staples that we all eat most weeks, that could make a difference.
It’s very much in its infancy at the moment, with an excel order form and a very crudely put together info sheet about each of the growers however please do drop me an email if you’re interested in learning more. Collection is only available in Middle Park at this stage, but who knows where it will go… sometimes we need to let these things either sink or…
Rewind just 50 years when kitchens consisted of dry goods in jars, bulk meats stored in large freezer chests and imperfect looking fruit & veg – often grown organically, and we begin to realise that Zero Waste is not so much a futuristic idea but more of a homage to a more simple era.
If we take this lens to our kitchens today it’s easy to see the steps to take just by asking ourselves, what would our nan’s kitchen have looked like?
My nan used to always say that what you spend at the greengrocer, you save at the doctor’s.
I have been going to the same greengrocer every week for the past six years – he has seen me single, pregnant, with a baby and now a son who tottles around the store with his little trolley opening blueberry packs and stealing nuts that fall into the dispenser tray. I think Bob is about 70 odd and he’s told me before about watching kids grow up in his store… I’m pretty sure that some of the boys who help carry my shopping back to the car are probably customer’s sons who were offered a job the day they turned 15.
Shopping this way is good for everyone; the fruit & veg isn’t plastic wrapped like the supermarket’s and I know that the person who buys the fruit at the wholesale market has actually tasted it and had a conversation with the grower. I can do almost my entire shop here waste-free, save for the odd milk carton or yoghurt tub, and it’s cheaper overall when you consider that I’m not buying much packaged food and instead making most meals from scratch. A quick stop to the butcher and the bakery next door and I’m done.