Today on the blog we share top picks for local organic stores across Melbourne. Organic produce, food items and household goods are free from herbicides, pesticides and other harmful chemicals and make a great choice for the environment and personal health.
The Environment Working Group (EWG) shares a great resource on pesticides in food, identifying twelve foods with concerning amounts of pesticides - often dubbed ‘the dirty dozen’. Going organic, especially when shopping for the ‘dirty dozen’ items can be of great benefit. Choosing to shop organic also helps you to focus on what fruits and vegetables are in season, meaning fresh and vibrant produce for your pantry.
This May is Supermarket-Free Month, making it the perfect time to visit your local organic food store. Some of our favourite organic food stores in and around Melbourne include:
Aunt Maggies Organics - Malvern
Aunt Maggies Organics have several locations across Melbourne - in Malvern, Fitzroy and Carlton. They stock a range of items from fresh organic produce, to pantry and baking goods, and eco-friendly household cleaning products.
Where: 72 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
(They also have stores at 188 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy and Shop 7/8 Lygon Court, Carlton)
More Info: Aunt Maggies
Eastfield Natural Food Store - Croydon
Eastfield Natural Foodstore stocks a variety of fresh, organic and biodynamic foods. They also have a selection of supplements and eco-beauty products in the back part of the store. People travel far and wide to shop here, so you can be assured the quality and range of produce is top-notch. The store itself is very small, so leave the pram at home - this one is best for baby carriers only. After you have visited be sure to stop by Soul Pod Foods for a good coffee and a delicious treat!
Where: Eastfield Natural Foodstore - 41 The Mall, Croydon South
More Info: Eastfield Natural Foods
Golden Age Vegetarian and Health Food Mart - Box Hill
This quaint but friendly health food store stocks a wide range of Taiwanese vegetarian and vegan produce and foods.
Where: 18B Rutland Rd, Box Hill
More Info: Golden Age Vegetarian and Health Food Mart
Green Mumma Organics - Rippleside
Green Mumma Organics really are a one stop shop if you're out in Geelong or on the Bellarine Peninsula. They stock a wide range of organic goodies from essential oils and fresh organic produce to nourishing smoothies, delicious takeaway meals and healthy snacks - there's something for everyone.
Where: Green Mumma Organics - 169 Melbourne Rd, Rippleside
More Info: Green Mumma Organics
Hello Charlie - Bundoora/Online
Hello Charlie stocks all your essential baby needs, plus something for mummy too! Hello Charlie stock a wide range of excellent organic, sustainable and eco-friendly products - safe for baby, mumma and the environment. You can shop online at hellocharlie.com.au - and you have the option to collect your order direct from their warehouse in Bundoora, or to have your items delivered.
Where: 4/30 The Concord, Bundoora
More Info: Hello Charlie
IHerb - Online
For the largest range of supplements and eco-beauty products online be sure to check out iHerb.
Joe’s Organic Market - Northcote
Joe's Organic Market is open 7 days and offer a range of organic produce and package goods. There is even a small vegan cafe on site.
Where: 64 Victoria Rd, Northcote
More Info: Joe’s Organic Market
Miss Spelt’s - Healesville
Miss Spelt’s Grains and Goodies are located in Healesville, so they make for the perfect spot to pop in after a nourishing breakfast at Healesville Harvest (Yarra Valley Harvest). The store itself is quiet small, so not really suitable for prams. Miss Spelts stock a range of organic goods; from eco-beauty essentials to personal items to frozen pies!
Where: Shop 1/2/232 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
More Info: Miss Spelts
Natural Balance - Mornington
Natural Balance can be found on the main street of Mornington. They stock a wide range of organic goods and vitamins. There is plenty to do while you are in Mornington too - find out more on the blog!
Where: 148 Main St, Mornington
More Info: Natural Balance
Organic Empire - Mount Evelyn
What can't Organic Empire do? They sure are true to their name - an empire of all things organic! Organic Empire is a beautiful farm store with fresh organic produce, nutrition and health books, eco-beauty products and a range of local goodies. They run cooking classes too, which mummy green highly recommends! With a heavy presence online, Organic Empire also has an e-store with delivery available, for when you're too busy to venture out.
Where: 138 Monbulk Road, Mount Evelyn
More Info: Organic Empire
Organic Food and Wine Deli - Melbourne
If you're exploring Melbourne, the Organic Food and Wine Deli is a great place to stop by for a bite to eat, or to pick up some organic produce and a sweet treat.
Where: 28 Degraves St, Melbourne
More Info: The Organic Food and Wine Deli
Sherbrooke Health Foods - Belgrave
Sherbrooke Health Foods (or ‘Hilltribez Natural Health’) is a small heath food store offering a range of supplements, eco-beauty goods, organic produce and assorted health food items. They even run raw food workshops!
Where: 1658 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave
More Info: Sherbrooke Health Foods
The Common Good Store - Hawthorn
The Common Good Store stock a large range of organic and gourmet goodies to fill your pantry. From organic vegetables to cleaning products, you can always find what you need here. There is a large range of vegan, dairy free and gluten free products in stock, and the staff are always extra helpful.
Where: 77 Church St, Hawthorn
More Info: Common Good Store
The Cruelty Free Shop Melbourne - Fitzroy
One of Melbourne’s most loved organic goods stores, The Cruelty Free Shop stocks some of the most well known vegan, organic and health-food brands. From your pantry, to household cleaning, vitamins, gifts and beauty needs there is a big range in store.
Where: 124 Johnston St, Fitzroy
More Info: Cruelty Free Shop
The Staple Store - Ripponlea
The Staple Store houses all your organic needs from personal items and specialty teas through to dried fruits and nuts.
Where: 19 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea
More Info: The Staple Store
This Is Life Family Wellness Emporium - Elwood
This Is Life Family Wellness Emporium is just as the name suggests - an emporium of wellness for your whole family. From holistic health services (such as chiropractors, nutritionists, naturopaths), to workshops and a wellness store this place is well worth a visit!
Where: 109 Brighton Rd, Elwood
More Info: This Is Life
Wholefoods Store - Frankston
Wholefoods in Frankston stock a range of organic produce, condiments, eco-beauty products and a wide range of specialty teas.
Where: 28 Wells St, Frankston
More Info: Wholefood Frankston
Wholefood Merchant - Ferntree Gully
Looking for a one-stop-shop to buy all your essentials? Somewhere that caters to you as a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or paleo mum? Be sure to check out Wholefood Merchants in Ferntree Gully. Wholefood Merchants are the largest stockists of health food products in the outer eastern side of Melbourne. They offer allergy friendly everything and anything from fresh produce to eco-cleaning products to organic beauty items to baby food. As a bonus, Wholefoods Merchants also have a vegetarian cafe, where you can enjoy a treat and a nice coffee before embarking on your shopping journey.
Where: 3/794 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully
More Info: Wholefood Merchants
YourGrocer.com.au - Online
Featuring stores such as Aunt Maggies Organics, Dench Bakery and produce from the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne and Prahran Markets, Your Grocer is a convenient way to purchase your organic goods from the comfort of your own home.