F A Q
WHY IS CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOOD IMPORTANT?
Organic foods are important for many reasons. They are produced within a sustainable, ethical system. A good farmer will nourish the soil so that their land retains its nutrients year after year. Organic growers avoid using chemicals that may be harmful to people, animals, insects and the earth. Organic food production nurtures fairer relationships between the producers, workers, and consumer.
ON THE MERITS OF SEASONAL PRODUCE
At Taste Nature we source all our produce from New Zealand suppliers – with the exception of turmeric (Fiji) and bananas (Organic/Fairtrade). Not only is it better for the environment (less air-miles) and healthy local community (direct relationship to grower) but also, it makes it a little more exciting when new season asparagus arrives, and when we get to pull out the preserves in the middle of the winter!
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR PRODUCE + PRODUCTS?
We stock primary produce from seventy inspiring New Zealand growers and producers. We liaise directly with our suppliers so we know exactly where our food comes from and the standards to which it has been produced. We research products to make sure they are of a high ethical standard that meet our purchasing criteria. Most of our products are certified organic, and some of our producers are in the transition to organic production. Where supply is limited but in demand by our customers, we may provide a clearly labelled uncertified or non-organic alternative.
HOW CAN I EAT WHOLEFOODS AND ORGANICS AFFORDABLY
We aim to make organic food accessible to a wide cross –section of our local community. A diet that consists of whole grains and legumes, seasonal produce, and a small amount of meat and dairy can be affordable, and the consumption of processed foods can be reduced. We work hard to supply a wide range of our bulk organic wholefoods – by supplying bulk we lower costs on packaging, wastage and enable you to buy as little or as much as you like.
We encourage everyone to grow their own vegetables – all you need is a few pots or a small plot in the garden. Gardening is good for the mind, body and spirit. Fitness, fresh air, and a sense of accomplishment in producing your own food!
Preserving, freezing and fermenting foods when they are abundantly available– cut up those cabbages for sauerkraut, bottle poached fruit for mid-winter crumbles!
YES, YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN JARS AND BAGS!
At Taste Nature we encourage you to bring your own containers and bags to minimise waste going to landfill. We offer incentives by giving a discount when you bring-your-own cup/container for takeaway soup, salads and drinks at The Eatery, and a jar return policy for all the Taste Nature made jams, preserves, sauerkraut, yoghurts and hummus! We would love for you to participate – ask in store about how this works.
As we do not supply plastic shopping bags, please bring along your reusable bags.
DO YOU SELL MEAT?
Yes. We sell a range of local, organic, and free-range meats. Check out our stock list for more details.
DO YOU CATER TO PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES AND SPECIAL DIETS?
Yes, our gluten-free bulk goods are clearly labelled, and our staff members are allergy aware. Please ask if you have any questions about our product ingredients and they will do all they can to assist. We have a great selection of gluten-free and dairy free goods produced in our kitchen for The Eatery and The Store.
HOW DO MINIMISE WASTE?
At Taste Nature, the minimisation of waste is taken very seriously. We compost all our food waste and believe that solid waste should be re-used/repurposed – you can be very creative with this. In the Eatery and Kitchen we use compostable or recyclable packaging. Our produce mostly comes in returnable crates, and the cardboard boxes that other products are re-used or recycled.
UNDERSTAND ORGANIC CERTIFICATION
Certification of the organic status of food is important. This provides the consumer with third party verification that the food is grown to high organic production standards. We believe certification is increasingly important, as organics become more mainstream, especially when greenwashing is prevalent.
There are currently four organic certifying agencies in New Zealand (and many more from overseas) including the low-cost participatory option – OrganicFarmNZ , set up for growers who want to supply the local market This scheme has helped keep the costs of certification at a manageable level for many of our small local growers.
The Taste Nature Philosophy
- We are committed to the organic movement and the relationship between soil, food, and human health.
- We believe people should eat local because that means eating fresh food seasonally and working in harmony with nature.
- Integrity is key – we want to build the utmost trust with our customers and producers based on the principles of freedom, equality, and cooperation.
- We believe in trading fairly and paying organic growers a price reflecting the true cost of producing and distributing the food.
- We are proud to be a locally owned business and part of a wider community and local food network.
- We are unique because we source directly from certified organic growers and producers and let customers know the origin and certification of the food.
- We live by the garden to plate concept and encourage customers to grow their own food. We run educational workshops, and have an organic gardening section in store.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! We reduce unnecessary consumption and reuse wherever possible throughout our operation. We recycle when these two options have been exhausted.
- Buy as little or as much as you like. By making our wholefoods, spices, teas and legumes available in bulk we make it possible for you to choose to buy a little bit or a large bit. It reduces packaging and because of this, lowers the cost passed onto you!
- We aim to employ people from diverse backgrounds with an interest in growing, production and preparation of organic food.
- We run workshops and have educational signage around the store to help you learn more about growing and preparing organically produced food.
- We aim to run a commercially viable business – so we can continue to provide this valuable service to the community.