Family run community grocer in Orange – bringing you & your family fresh, wholesome and local produce, cakes, cold pressed juices, coffee & more!
You need only flick through your instagram or read the news to see that healthy eating, organics and a focus on sourcing local & wholesome food has well & truly taken off around the world. I do realise not everyone has the time/access to do this but I try to avoid giant supermarket chains and spend more time researching where my produce has come from – preferring to shop at Belconnen or Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets or Choku Bai Jo (local organic grocer stocking yummy in season veggies & more). If I ever do shop at the major supermarkets, I just try to buy what’s in season, smells fresh and avoid the processed food isles.
My friend Ellie (who I visited a few weeks back) moved to Orange with her husband for a change of life. They were enjoying the country air, their more relaxed lifestyle & saw the opportunity to bring Orange the local community based, organic grocer they didn’t have.
“People are getting more conscious of what they’re eating, where it’s come from and how it’s grown” explains Ellie. “We want to provide a store dedicated to giving people access to organic, whole and local foods for their families”.
The Grocer and Co Organics is nestled off the main drag in McNamara Street and is owned by ex-Canberrans (and my dear friends) Guy & Ellie Hampton. They moved to Orange in 2012 and have been active in the community with Guy working in the town’s culinary hub, Lolli Redini and a seasonal stint at Cumulus Winery.
Having worked in hospitality for over 10 years, Guy is the face of the business – sourcing local produce, greeting customers & even making coffee and their house-made cold pressed juice which fly off the shelves. I didn’t even manage to grab one before the crowds.
Ellie joins in on the weekends calling it her “Saturday job”. You’ll see her pottering around the shop making coffee and serving customers. If you ever need help with a product – ask Ellie. Always being interested and passionate about wholesome living, she’s very knowledgable on all things from organic skin care to home made stocks and a lot in between. Much of which she’s learnt from her mother who is a nutritionist, herbalist & Buteyko Practitioner. Her parents actually own The Organic Wholefood Store in Bowral.
I’ve learnt alot from Ellie over the years; the main thing being not to take wholesome living too seriously. She makes it a part of her everyday life & certainly makes ample effort to eat healthy and be active but she doens’t hold back on indulging when she feels like it either. It’s pretty much what I live my life by – although I’m still trying to break out of holiday eat-everything-in-sight-then-eat-some-more mode.
Ellie’s knack for design is evident with matte black walls, vintage finishes and upcycled crates & baskets. I know there isn’t anything Ellie loves more than getting into her boyfriends, grabbing a paint brush and bucket of black paint!
I especially love the large hanging clock and pendant lights which she picked up from Ebay.
A large bench takes premium position inviting guests to linger a while. “We wanted to create a community vibe where people could stop for a coffee and read the paper while picking up their weekly groceries” says Guy.
They serve coffee from Canberra’s Two Before Ten Cafe, a boutique coffee roasters and cafe who have really set the bar for quality locally roasted beans. “Those guys live & breathe coffee beans” Guy laughs as he makes me my coffee.
I tucked into a perfect flat white while catching up.
The shop not only stocks fresh organic fruit & veg, but you’ll find everything from raw creams & coconut ice cream, to organic chia seeds to fresh bread, to cacao butter for making home made chocolate to vegetable chips and raw chocolate. I tried the Loving Earth mint raw chocolate and I am a convert!
As the weather warms up, Ellie plans to introduce a delicious banana & cinnamon smoothie and possibly chia puddings and other take away treats.
After a bit of a snoop, it was their organic cleaning products and skin care line that caught my eye.
They stock a few brands but Ellie recommended I try the organic Sanctum skin care range so I walked away like a kid from a candy store; my loot being a bag of organic goodies for my face & bod that I will share with you another time.
After they closed shop on Saturday, we raided the shelves and tucked into a lunch time picnic of fresh food.
It’s about time these two took a break.
So… If you live in Orange (or passing through) and you’re looking for a community grocer to stock up on organic wholefoods or just enjoy a slice of home baked cake & a coffee – be sure to pop into The Grocer and Co Organics – and tell them I sent you 🙂
The perfect place for: Buying organic produce, cleaning products or skin care.
Address: 50 McNamara St Orange, NSW
Open: Monday 12-6pm, Tuesday – Friday 8:30am – 6pm, Saturday 8:30am – 1pm. Closed Sunday.
Phone: 02 6362 1222
Don’t forget to hashtag #orangewiththemacadames if you visit here, we love to see you exploring Orange.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx