Most of us prefer to eat organic fruit and vegetables, but they are not always easy to get hold of. One might find one or two products here and there in a supermarket, but who has the time to schlepp around in order to take care of your family and the earth simultaneously?
Bringing organic farmers and conscious consumers together has become a ‘raison d’être’ for Lohla Gleave, who founded The Organic Grocer in October last year, 8 months after marrying her husband, Andrew. Lohla comes from an Italian family, who grew up in the kitchen cooking.
“I live to eat as opposed to eat to live,” she says. She has always had a passion for food and has worked locally in restaurants. Her father owned two restaurants. Lohla also worked in France in the Courcheval ski resort in the French Alps, as assistant chef.
Organic cure for ill health
She then moved into the film industry and from there into event production. Lohla worked in event production for 13 years and set up her own business, project managing large scale events for 5 years.
This stressful environment of event management left her ill and after surviving traumatic surgery that went wrong, she decided to change careers. In a bid to recover her health she began the journey to fully explore sourcing and eating organic produce.
“Finding organic produce in Durbanville, where I live, proved incredibly difficult. While foraging for food can be rewarding in one’s own garden, driving from shop to shop to obtain your organic vegetables can prove particularly challenging today!”
Box of fruit & veg delivered to your home
After visiting one shop too many, the idea of the Organic Grocer was born. The results of her changed diet have been astounding. She also believes finally falling pregnant with her first child, Chiara, born two weeks ago has a lot to do with the organic fruit and vegetables she has been using in her daily diet since. Believing wholeheartedly in this route, she started The Organic Grocer, delivering a box of organic fruit and vegetables from the farm to the home in the Western Cape:
- Paarl / Stellenbosch @ R35 delivery fee on Thursdays
- Northern suburbs @ R20 delivery fee on Thursdays
- Melkbosstrand / Blouberg / Milnerton / Tableview / Parklands / Edgemead @ R30 delivery on Thursday
- Pinelands @ R40 delivery on Thursday or Friday
- City Bowl @ R40 per delivery on Thursday or Friday
- Atlantic Seaboard (Sea Point / Camps Bay) @ R40 delivery on Thursday or Friday.
Environmental integrity is important to the Organic Grocer and all produce is sourced locally. Their goal is to make quality organic food affordable and convenient.
A small box of seasonal, locally produced, organic groceries starts at just R100. A medium box is R180. There is also the option of making up your own speciality box – where you select the items you would like in your delivery – this starts from R140.
If you don’t think this would be worth your while, think again. Here are the top 10 reasons to support organic food:
- It reduces the toxic load by keeping chemicals out of the air, water, soil and our bodies.
- It reduces farm pollution.
- It protect future generations.
- It builds healthy soil.
- It tastes better as it retains its natural flavour – compare the difference.
- You assist and support smaller family farmers by buying local.
- You avoid genetically modified foods.
- You promote biodiversity.
- You celebrate the culture of true agriculture.
- You eat to live a full and healthy life free of chemicals.
By Tara Cumming
UPDATE The Organice Grocer is unfortunately closed at the moment, but will open again in September.