Eat local at on Forbes
From On Forbes in Turner, you can easily take a trip to any of Canberra’s large supermarkets for your weekly groceries. However, unsurprisingly for Canberra, there are within a short distance a multitude of independent stores that bring in the freshest local ingredients with which you can stock your pantry. Not only do these outlets give you the best of what Canberra has to offer, but you can shop sustainably, in the knowledge that you are supporting small businesses.
First stop has to be the Ainslie IGA. This independent supermarket takes pride in its selection of local produce and includes fresh artisan bread, a butcher, extensive cheese bar and the freshest display of fruit and vegetables. Local cool climate wines can be found in the bottle section and unlike some dark and narrow local marts, the place is light, bright and upmarket.
For your health food requirements, pop over the Naked Foods in Braddon. The space feels great, with fixtures made from recycled pallets, and the concept there is simple. Everything is organic and unpackaged, so you fill your bag with the scoops provided and pay for what you take. With produce from flours and grains to sweet snacks, this highly modern style of shopping references the grocery stores of a hundred years ago. And it’s fun. Dickson Health Foods, just up the road, is a more conventional place to find your herbal blends, breads and healthy treats, so if you want to eat clean, you have multiple options from On Forbes. And for those who simply love a good snag, Country Pride Sausages in Lyneham has the one for you. A traditional family business, this place has sausages in every flavour combination so your rooftop barbecue will definitely bring the neighbours together.
If you want your produce straight from the farm, head to the weekly Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park. With over 100 stalls, this cooperative of producers offers fruits and vegetables straight from the growers, eggs, meat and cheeses produced locally and a range of fabulous foods. Buy a slice of pizza or a doughnut from one of the stalls to snack on while you shop. In fact, Canberra is becoming known for its markets, including regular food event, The Forage, and the Handmade Market. Held five times a year at Exhibition park, this established market brings together local and regional producers and street food vans in its Gourmet Food Hall.
So, get your shopping bags out and prepare to eat local at On Forbes.