It’s no secret that seasonal, organic and locally-grown produce are becoming more popular – not just in Canberra but around the world.
If you’re interested in eating more organic fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce, you’ve come to the right place. We understand just how tricky it can be to find affordable, high-quality, fresh organic produce – so we asked locals to share their favourite sources.
In this article, we share the where to find the best organic produce in Canberra and the surrounding region – whether that’s in-store or via a delivery service. Let’s get to it.
What should you look for in an organic produce supplier?
If you’re on the hunt for fresh, delicious, in-season produce, we suggest keeping an eye out for the following must-have traits:
- High-quality produce. You want fruit and vegetables that are of higher quality than what you might find in the local supermarket. The best organic suppliers offer super fresh, super tasty produce.
- A range of products.If you opt for a weekly delivery box, or participate in a community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme, it’s great to have options that suit your needs. After all, a couple needs far less produce than a family of five. The best organic produce delivery services offer a range of fruit and veggies boxes to suit a variety of households. Many also offer customisable boxes, so you can select the exact produce you want.
- Convenience. Are you happy to go in-store to choose your fruit and vegetables for the week? Or would you prefer to save time with an organic produce delivery box delivered to your door? Perhaps your supplier offers after-hours pick up at a location close to home or work.
- Well priced. Organic produce can be more expensive than conventionally grown supermarket produce, but it’s still worth doing your research to compare prices.
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Where to get the best organic produce in Canberra according to you
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Now, let’s reveal the top organic produce delivery services in the Canberra region.
ARC Organics delivers fresh produce boxes around the Canberra region. Most produce is certified organic, with a small selection of biodynamic, locally-grown to certified principal products. ARC Organics is upfront about which products are not certified organic, and customers can choose to not include them in their weekly box.
Delivery boxes are available in large and small sizes, with mixed fruit and vegetables or vegetables only. A large box costs $80 (+$5 delivery fee).
Orders need to be placed by 12pm every Tuesday.
ARC Organics delivers to Canberra, Queanbeyan, Royalla, Googong and Bungendore on Thursdays between 4pm and 8pm. For those who work in town but live regionally, there are also Friday collection points in Kingston, Tuggeranong, Wanniassa, Belconnen Mall, and Queanbeyan.
Southern Harvest is a business and community led organisation that focuses on growing local food communities in the ACT and South East NSW. Its multi-farm produce box scheme follows the CSA model, where customers commit to a 13-week season and buy a share of the farmers’ produce in advance.
Prices range from $21 for a half box to $84 for a double extended box. Pick up is available in Bungendore, Fyshwick, Downer and at the ANU.
Banjo’s Paddock offers weekly fresh produce boxes containing extremely fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits. The contents changes week by week, depending on what has been harvested, so you a genuinely eating what’s in season. When you shop with Banjo’s Paddock, you are buying from a local family farm, reducing your food miles, and protecting the environment from harmful chemicals. While Banjo’s Paddock farms using organic methods, they are not currently organic certified.
Doorstep Organics is one of Australia’s longest-running online organic food delivery services. They offer a fantastic range of certified organic fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, specialty groceries, and even eco-friendly household products, so you can truly commit to eating organic. Although they are based in Sydney, Doorstep Organics delivers to all suburbs in and surrounding Canberra.
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