Sprout Wholefoods brings healthy options to Eden

Karen Lott welcomes customers who may be unfamiliar with wholefoods and bulk shopping to come in and explore. Photo: MB Management & Design

Karen Lott welcomes customers who may be unfamiliar with wholefoods and bulk shopping to come in and explore. Photo: MB Management & Design

Wholefood or bulk shopping is not a new idea, but it's new to Eden.

Karen Lott of much-loved Sprout Cafe recognised a desire locally for more choice and has taken the leap to open Sprout Eden Wholefoods.

There has been an increased interest in unprocessed food and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, perhaps due to the rise of coverage on health, food safety and waste minimisation.

With the global pandemic and chain of natural disasters, there is also a greater emphasis being placed on food security, self reliance and environmental issues.

Many seem to be aware of a bigger picture in 2020 and consciously seek to make more ethical decisions.

"I've been feeling out the idea for a couple of years and was originally considering doing a small range at the cafe, but I really don't have room there," Ms Lott said.

"It was great opportunity to finally try it out in the Eden Market Space which was open throughout July - we've had a really great reception from the community."

Buying food by weight in reusable containers allows consumers to create a visible reduction in personal waste and also to choose to opt out of a system where inefficient packaging is the norm.

One of the aims behind the store is to make a wider variety of products and unprocessed ingredients available, allowing the community to source products locally rather than having to travel to purchase or order from other areas.

Customers are welcome to bring clean jars and produce bags to do their shopping but can also use paper bags and jars provided in the store.
Photo: MB Management & Design

Customers are welcome to bring clean jars and produce bags to do their shopping but can also use paper bags and jars provided in the store. Photo: MB Management & Design

"Some people unfamiliar with wholefoods and bulk shopping may feel a little intimidated or unsure of the process, I welcome them and am happy to scoop and weigh if they prefer not to self-serve," Ms Lott said.

"I'll be increasing the range of products in stock as I go and am always happy to make special orders online for customers and on-sell at cost price.

"It's very important to me to keep it affordable - you can buy it cheaper by buying it in bulk."

Local business Eden Ecos are sharing the shop space with Sprout and stock eco friendly products and plastic alternatives.

Business hours are: Monday-Friday from 8.30am-4.00pm and Saturday from 9.00am-1.00pm at 177 Imlay Street.

Customers are also welcome to order online and collect their items from the store the same day.

Photo: MB Management & Design

Photo: MB Management & Design

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