We love this place. We’re relatively new to discovering its wonders but now that we have, everything we have been thinking inside our Poppiin minds can be found on the outside in this store! At 113 Enmore Rd, Enmore, you will find Alfalfa House, the most happening community food co-op around!
If you’re new to the idea of a food co-op, according to Alfalfa House, it is a “not-for-profit cooperative that aims to provide, where possible, minimally packaged and minimally processed, affordable, wholesome, organic food to its members.” More on their website here.
Poppiin’s little heart fluttered at all the goodness, the wholesomeness, the deliciousness! And the jars! Everything in jars, with labels and no packaging! Sigh…
Here’s what to expect if you’ve never been to a food co-op, or are planning to visit one soon:
- You walk in. You see wholesome, organic food. Everywhere. Win!
- Wash your mitts. It is a general rule to wash your hands before you begin shopping. Just so we don’t share our germs all over the biodynamic broccoli.
- Get your jars ready. It’s a cool thing to bring your own jars to Alfalfa House and you can weigh them on a scale and write the grams down on the side to be deducted at the till. Didn’t bring any jars? That’s ok! There are free donated clean used jars provided, or fresh new ones for sale in store.
Our Alfalfa House stash! We got a little excited a decorated our jars for our Alfalfa visit. Makes food look like little gifts everytime we open the pantry door!
- Shop! Now you’ve got your little glasses sorted and weighed, it’s time to fill them! Pantry goods can be found in dispenser bins or large labelled jars. Individual scoops are to be used once and then dropped in the ‘dirty scoop bin’ under the sink to prevent cross contamination. If you can’t find what you are looking for, just ask. There is quite a large variety of stock, or a very good reason why it isn’t there.
- Got everything? Then it’s time to head to the till. Generally the shop coordinator will ask if you have a member’s number. It’s ok if you don’t, but members do get 10% off their groceries (membership costs $20 and all people in your household can be covered by the one membership number: score!). Volunteers get a 25% discount. More on volunteering here.
It’s a little different shopping at a food co op. Slower. Nicer. There are no loud beeps of scanners whizzing by or loud PA price checks overhead. Just friendly chatter. And nice music playing rather than a commercial repetitive jingle.
A food co-op is probably the most ethical, sustainable and community-minded way to buy your food. Check out the nearest food co-op in your neighbourhood. There are a few good ones in Sydney run within uni campuses that are also open to the public. (We are wishing so hard for one to pop-up in Surry Hills!)
Poppiin has falled head over heels in awe of Maria Hannaford’s econest.
This has become one of our favourite and inspiring blogs to live a clean, green and conscious life. We find ourselves constantly sending each other snippets of little econest pearls of wisdom on everything from quitting sugar, home + beauty detoxing to sustainability, fair farming and real food.
Thank you Maria for sharing your wisdom, passion and thoughts and for living a life that we all can aspire to.
On our break from posting on Poppiin, we have had a good long think about life and how we could make it better as Poppiineers, sharing it with you.
We have learnt about good wholefood, quitting sugar and eco-friendly everything!
All the while, still keeping it Poppiin real and makings things look just so.
So as we ease back into sending a little more Poppiin out into the world, it will be in a slightly more eco-friendly and superfoodie (but still dapper!) way.
Thank you for your patience, your support, for the new Poppiin followers we have since collected and for pestering us to get Poppiining again!
Hello Poppiin friends! We are taking a little break from posting, but will be back very soon with lots to share. Meanwhile, here are some snaps of the Biennale at Cockatoo Island. Beep!
Nothing poppiin’ tomorrow night?
Then shimmy down past all the Bondi hipsters to the launch of The Camera Club at 7pm. One of our favourite artists Michael Gunadi shares a series you may have glanced upon a while back on Poppiin - remember these?
More of his amazing work here.
The Camera Club
Thursday 12th July, 7pm
71 Beach Road,
The newest addition to the Poppiin house: a Magno Wooden Radio! With the excuse of a birthday Poppiin couldn’t resist ordering this little wireless and the Poppiin household has been tuning in ever since. The radio is made entirely of wood, right down to the little wooden topper on the antenna and the iPod cord insert caps. Designer Singgih.s Kartono used wood and the working hands of his home town village Kandangan, Central Java. Poppiin has re-learnt the simple pleasure of tuning a radio, simply by sound, rather than looking at a screen and this little Magno pumps a much better sound than any tinny laptop speaker.♥1