I’m a happy supporter of the organic food movement. Not only for health reasons, but also for the environmental and animal welfare reasons as well. I know it can be really tough buying organics, because of the cost or availability. In the larger cities it is getting much more widely available, even to the point where Supermarkets are offering a decent variety.
As it grows in popularity, we can only hope that prices will drop. However, saying that, I get just as much produce at the organic farmers market as I would get at most supermarkets for around the same price.
Brisbane has a wonderful organic market called Northey Street City Farm on every Sunday. There is a huge amount of variety amongst the stalls, and if you have the time to go amongst them you can find the best bargains. It’s definitely the cheapest option as far as going organic.
For organic meat, I go to The Meating Place in Paddington or Everton Park, (in Brisbane). The have a very good selection of fresh meats without all of the horrible additives that are found in conventional meats. The animals are treated with much more respect as well.
There are also many other organic farmers markets to be found around Australia. Here are a few (please feel free to leave a comment if there are other great one’s you know about):
St Kilda Farmers’ MarketPeanut FarmSt Kilda VIC
South Melbourne MarketCnr Cecil and Coventry StreetsSouth Melbourne VIC
Bondi Junction Organic Farmers’ Market Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW
Chatswood Farmers’ Market Cnr Pacific Highway and Centennial Avenue, Chatswood NSW
City Farm Organic Growers’ Market1 City Farm Place, Corner of Lime and Brown Streets, East Perth WA, Every Saturday Morning until 12pm
Mondo’s Saturday Market, 824 Beaufort Street, Inglewood WA, Every Saturday Morning Until 12pm
Grange Organic Market, 5 Beach St, Grange SA, Every 2nd Saturday 9am-1pm