The new healthy kids on the block

Nicole Marquez outside the shop on opening day.
Nicole Marquez outside the shop on opening day.

 

THE highly anticipated new wholefoods store in Medowie has finally opened its doors, and experienced a stellar first week of trade.

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The Marquez family and their long history of farming the land and producing high quality produce, have combined talents with local natural organic food wholesalers The Natural Food Collective, to come together in a one-stop organic shop.

Nicole O’Neill (nee Marquez) shared her excitement with News Of The Area.

“Four days down and I can’t even begin to explain how overwhelmed we have been at the amount of interest and customers we have had come through the doors,” she said.

“This support reaffirms our belief that organic natural and sustainable produce can, and should be, accessible and affordable.”

“It’s just been amazing and we are so excited and energised to keep on going.”

The focus of The Natural Food Collective is on natural, chemical-free and organic produce, as well as wholefoods that are accessible and affordable.

Ms O’Neill said “We have worked hard to broaden our range of available products, working with certified organic farmers to bring Medowie a wider range of fresh produce.”

“We source these from as many local farmers as possible, and are very selective with wholesalers of our wholefoods who work directly with farmers and go direct to country of origin.”

“Our focus is on providing wholefoods from farmers who use ethical and sustainable practices, and who are as passionate about their product as we are,” she said.

According to the Marquez and O’Neill families, the shop will continue to be a work in progress, as they continue to learn and evolve, and cater to local needs.

They are endeavouring to maintain a business model that is sustainable and beneficial to everyone involved.

The store has a large selection of items available, including seasonal fruit and vegetable, nuts, seeds, grains, flours, eggs, honey, sugars, salts, oils and condiments to name a few.

“We see the shop as a place for the community to cultivate, share and inspire one another and cement the vision we all share,” Ms O’Neill said.

Drop down sometime and visit The Natural Food Collective, and support local small businesses to be successful in Medowie.

They are situated in the Medowie Shopping Village at Shop 8, 37A Ferodale Road, Medowie, adjacent to the Chemist and Opportunity Knocks store.

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

The Natural Food Collective will eventually be offering free herbs for the community in their garden beds outside the shop.
The Natural Food Collective will eventually be offering free herbs for the community in their garden beds outside the shop.

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