The Agrestic Grocer is a sustainable elegance cafe and grocery with a focus on the local produce that Orange is famous for. Orange is in central NSW, Australia, and it is known as one of Australia’s most exciting gastronomic hot spots.
The Agrestic Grocer has a substantial role to play in the local food movement. The word agrestic means rural and rustic – a description that is perfectly in line with the sustainability philosophy behind much of their vision and strategy. The key idea behind The Agrestic Grocer was to be a conduit between the region’s growers and producers and the local community. They aim is to bring local producer’s goods, real food, to market.
Every product at the Agrestic Grocer has a story, from the Badlands Beer to the beef to the heirloom carrots. With a grocery store at the back and serving lunch til late, this is the perfect place to stop during a day of wine tasting to get to know the region's best producers.
What we like about 'The Agrestic Grocer'......
- The prioritisation of locally sourced goods and the emphasis on the community they come from.
- The integration of supply and production through onsite market gardening, bee keeping and mushroom production.
- They contribute to local community development by created an ‘Eating Local – Helping Locals’ program for Foodcare Orange and helped raise much-needed funds to stock the Foodcare pantry and assist underprivileged families.
- They have a sustainable infrastructure that recycles, has an effective waste treatment system and uses environmentally friendly energy sources. For example, they built a 325-panel solar system that helps keep things green and affordable. They also have several programs to minimise waste. Close management of produce coming in from the farms allows them to select suitable items to pickle, jam and preserve. The small amount of produce that goes beyond usability is either composted for use in their growing market garden or passed on to a local free-range pork producer.
Agrestic Grocer, 426 Mitchell Highway, Orange, NSW.