Where to go Locally To stay Organic this month
Organic September is a month-long campaign which raises awareness of organic products and the brands, producers and farmers who bring them to us. Foods labelled as organic must meet strict regulations on how they’ve been grown and produced. All organic food companies and farms are inspected yearly to ensure that they meet the high standards required for organic food under European law. So to make it easier, we’ve scribbled a list of places in Cornwall to get that organic fix…
The Natural Store is one of Cornwall’s longest running independent health food stores. Committed to promoting greener lifestyle and organic food, The Natural Store has been going for over twenty years. Situated at number 5 Market Strand, the store and café offer a range of food, supplements, herbal remedies and natural body care products. And did we mention it’s just a short five minutes’ walk from The Greenbank Hotel? With their main ethics being to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce waste and support organic, you definitely don’t want to miss an opportunity to visit this one.
Archie Browns is a thriving health food shop and vegetarian café and restaurant, with shops in both Penzance and Truro, Cornwall. Their aim is to empower their customers to look after their own health by providing a friendly helpful service with an uplifting and inspiring environment. All products and food served is fair trade, Vegetarian Society Approved, and a lot vegan.
The new kids on the block, un_rap are providing a new way of shopping in an exciting way. Completely plastic free, supplying organic, bulk-buy wholefoods and sustainable lifestyle products, un_rap encourage their customers to bring in their own containers, bags and bottles. You can then refill your containers using the bulk dispensers, in which you pay by weight. Their motto: “reduce food waste, stop plastic pollution, help save the planet!”
A vegetarian café found in the heart of Falmouth, Pea Souk offer a totally unique culinary experience for all food-lovers to enjoy. Emphasising on the seasons, authentic food cultures and the integrity of the ingredients, Pea Souk combine layers of intense flavours and unique textures to stimulate the taste buds – a café you must try!
Starting the business as a stall at Falmouth’s market on the moor, Stones have worked their way up to being one of the best bakeries in Cornwall. Refusing to use any artificial additives or flavourings, Stones only uses natural ingredients such as nuts, fresh fruit, herbs and spices. The emphasis is always on keeping their bakes as organic as possible. Just walking past this bakery and catching the smell of their fresh bread is tempting enough to venture on in.
Our Water’s Edge restaurant at The Greenbank Hotel offers diners an experience like no other, overlooking the breath-taking views of Falmouth harbour. Executive Chef Nick Hodges and his kitchen team have a simple ethos – to bring local produce to life, with imagination and spirit. Serving organic, local dishes all day, come at a time that suits you. All you need to do is order, relax and drink in the view.
Established in 1998, Organic Trevarno’s range of natural products are all carefully made by hand at Trevarno Farm. Traditional soap making, a long established craft that’s often found on privately owned estates, is where it all started. With its popularity and success, the range soon expanded into skincare as well. Trevarno is proud to be the first beauty company to to gain formal Organic Certification.
Creating clothing with the individual woman in mind! Nomads offers soft, colourful, feminine clothes that are comfortable and flattering for everyone. Nomads strongly believe in fair trade values and follow ethical fashion guidelines. This is obviously better for the environment, as no harmful chemicals are used and the land requires less water. The boutique is based on Northgate Street and is definitely one to pop into to see the colourful garments first-hand.
Cusgarne Farm is just over 100 acres of organic land in the heart of Cornwall. Their fields, orchards and tunnels have been organic since 1988, when they decided that they didn’t fancy spraying chemicals on their family’s salad any more. This then got them thinking, probably other families didn’t particularly want petrochemicals in their dinner either! So they started delivering fresh organic vegetables to local families. Now three decades later, Cusgarne is running their business in the most environmentally friendly way possible with a team who are passionate about the environment, ethically produced food and green farming practices.