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Buckwheat is grain-like, but not a grain. Wheat, rice and other grains have bran and germ, but buckwheat does not, and comprises a shell with a kernel inside. Whole buckwheat kernels are called groats and are cooked in the same way as rice; added to soups, rissoles and any cooked dish.

Buckwheat flour is heavy, dense, and is useful in pancakes, waffles, noodles (soba) and dumplings.

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A perennial plant of the ginger family. Turmeric has a distinct earthy aroma with spicy, musky, slightly bitter, pungent taste but not as hot as ginger. It is an essential component of curry powder and is often added mustard blends.

Turmeric features in lentil and bean dishes, dhal, golden rice, couscous, sauces, cream soups, chutneys, pickle, cakes...etc.

Turmeric has been used as a medicine, spice and colouring agent for thousands of years.

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Oats are nutritious, easily digested, satisfying to the taste and stomach.

Use oats as muesli, porridge, in soup and also make excellent cookies, as well as pudding and pastries.

Oats have been found to bring a noticeable improvement in; bone-density, strength of teeth and nails, muscle mass.

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Macadamia Nuts

The nuts are valuable food crop. Only two of the species; Macadamia integrifolia and Macadamia teraphylla are grown commercially. Macadamia integrifolia is native to southern Queensland where it grows in the rain forest and close to streams.

The remainder of the genus possess poisonous and/or inedible nuts, such as M. whelanii and M. ternifolia; the toxicity is due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides. These glycosides can be removed by prolonged leaching, a practice carried out by some Indigenous Australian people in order to use these species as well.

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Current Products - Updated June 2018

Current Product List

Nuts: Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Peanuts, Pecans*, Pistachios, Tamari Almonds, Walnuts.

Dried Fruit: Apricots, Bananas, Cranberries, Currants, Dates - Alice Springs Varieties & Medjools & Pitted, Figs, Goji Berries, Mangoes, Prunes, Raisins, Sultanas, Sundried Tomatoes.

Seeds: Chia, Hemp, Linseed (Flaxseed), Pepitas, Sesame, Sunflower Kernels.

On Tap: Agave Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Honey - Tablelands & Trinity Beach & Bundaberg, Sesame Oil - Toasted & Untoasted, Tahini - Hulled & Unhulled, Tamari.

Cereals: 5-Grain Mix, Local Granola - Regular & Gluten-Free, Muesli, Puff Mix, Rolled Oats

Grains: Amaranth, Basmati - White & Brown, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Cous Cous, Jasmine Rice, Millet, Popping Corn, Quinoa - White & Red, Rye Grain, Semolina, Spelt Grain, Wheat Grain, White Rice.

Legumes: Adzuki Beans, Black Eyed Beans, Black Turtle Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils - Split Red & Whole Green & Whole Red, Mung Beans, Mung Dahl, Red Kidney Beans.

Pasta: Gluten-Free - Quinoa and Rice with Veg & Amaranth and Rice, Tomato & Spinach Wheat Fusilli.

Sweet: 55% Chocolate, 70% Chocolate, Buckinis - Caramel & Chocolate, Crystallised Ginger, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dark Chocolate Ginger, Dark Chocolate Macadamias, Maple Syrup, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Almonds, Rapadura Sugar, Raw Cane Sugar, Spelt Licorice, White Chocolate.

Herbs & Spices: Allspice, Basil, Cardamon Pods, Cayenne, Chilli Flakes, Cinnamon- Ground & Quills, Cloves, Coriander - Ground & Seeds, Cumin - Ground & Seeds, Garam Masala, Ginger, Indian Curry Powder, Mace, Nutmeg - Ground & Whole, Paprika - Smoked & Sweet, Pepper - Black Whole & White Ground, Rosemary, Sage, Salt - Pink Lake & Celtic, Star Anise, Turmeric.

Teas: Chai, Chamomile, Earl Grey, Green, Green Jasmine, Kukicha Twig, Licorice Root, Moringa Leaf, Peppermint, Roasted Dandelion, Rooibois Chai, Rooibos, Rosehip, Spearmint, Yerba Mate.

Baking: Almond Meal, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Powder, Banana Flour, Bi-Carb Soda, Brown Rice Flour, Cacao Butter, Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Carob Powder, Cocoa Powder, Light Sift Flour, Maize (Corn Meal), Poppy Seeds, Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour, Teff Flour, Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Essence.

Fridge: Bliss Balls, Brown Rice Syrup, Coconut Water, Coconut Yoghurt, Eggs, Fruit Juices, Hemp Oil, Kombucha Kit, Local Kombucha, Local Sauerkrauts, Maca Powder, Miso Paste, Nutritional Yeast, Olives - Green & Kalamata, Raw Vegan Snacks, Tofu, Water Kefir Kit, Yoghurt.

Coconut: Coconut Flakes, Coconut Flour, Coconut Grater, Cocotap, Desiccated Coconut, Shredded Coconut.

Fresh*: Avocadoes, Coconuts, Ginger, Lemons, Limes, Turmeric.

Cleaning: Bamboo Dish Brushes, Castille Soap, Dishwashing Liquid, Epsom Salts, Laundry Liquid, Laundry Powder, Mould Master, Soap Bars - Hemp & Soapherb, Surface Spray, Web Master.

Toiletries: Bamboo Cotton Buds, Bamboo Toothbrushes, Conditioner, Hand & Body Wash, Luna Menstrual Cups, Coconut Body Scrub Pads, Pads, Panty Liners, Shampoo, Spray Deoderant Refill, Tampons, Toilet Paper, Toothpastes, Wemoon Menstrual Pads.

Sundries: Beeswax Candles, Beeswax Food Wraps, Fresh Local Sourdoughs & Gluten-Free Breads, Reusable Shopping Bags, Stainless Steel Drinking Straws.

* Seasonal availability


Updated 2nd June 2018.


Change in Opening Hours of Shop

Please note new opening hours of shop. Starting MONDAY 24/7/17 on

MONDAY    -       CLOSED

TUESDAY        11 am - 5 pm

WEDNESDAY  11 am - 5 pm

THURSDAY      11 am - 5 pm

FRIDAY              8 am - 5 pm


SATURDAY        8 am - 2 pm

SUNDAY               Closed

All changed times in bold

Sorry for any inconvenience, due to limited volunteers, we hope the earlier Saturday opening will be of assistance.

Thank you for all your support


Co-op Coordinator now 12 months in the role

Co-op Co-Ordinator Peter Reay has now been with Community Foods over a year. Time flies!

Pete has brought a wealth of experience in sustainability, horticulture and permaculture, plus a background in retail and business management to the role.

Pete says he is on the mend after a broken leg from a bike accident earlier in the year, and pleased to be able to continue his work at the co-op.

He says he hopes to strengthen the community focus even further and remain true to the values of Community Foods, particularly when it comes to where we get our produce and how it is delivered. 

"There is a lot to learn, but it is very rewarding meeting such a broad range of like-minded, caring individuals who choose to support the co-op in so many different ways," he says.


Film Night - as 20th Anniversary celebrations continue

Film, Friends and Festivities during Community Foods 20th Anniversary


Community  Foods continues its 20th Anniversary celebrations with a Film and Friends night at Wharf One Café on Saturday  24 June from 6pm. Tickets here:

The feature film is SEED: The Untold Story, which follows passionate seed keepers protecting the planet’s 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, others such as farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight an uphill battle to defend the future of our food source.

The film night is a thank you to all customers, suppliers and volunteers who have kept the Co-Op going since its inception at Rustys Markets in 1997, although there a charge for the screening of $10 for volunteers and concession card holders $15 for others.

The evening kicks off with drinks and nibbles at 6pm. The main feature starts at 7.30pm with tickets available on, Community Foods or on the night. A big thanks to Brett and Brynn at End Credits for help with the logistics.

Tricia Gates, a long-standing customer since the late 1990s says the Co-Op deserves to celebrate its longevity.

“Everyone involved over the years, since the Rusty Days to today, deserves a huge high five. Volunteers have kept our food co-op open and our customers have kept it viable.”

The Co-op is inviting anyone who has had anything to do with the shop over the years to come and join the fun. There will be birthday cakes – all made using Co-Op ingredients – on the night, to go with the food and drinks that can be purchased from Wharf One Café.


News on Spelt

Spelt is a species of wheat that was a very important crop in ancient and medieval times, but now it is only commonly grown in Europe. It's been around in the United States since the 1890s and has limited in the colder climates of Australia. The grains khorasan and spelt are lower-yielding, ancient varieties that have not been subjected to modern plant-breeding techniques to increase yield and gluten content that have more or less been replaced in the 20th century by bread wheat.
According to Wikipedia, spelt actually requires fewer fertilizers, so the organic farming movement is making it more popular again, as is the health food industry.

Spelt has a long pointed almond shape and is quite large and distinct.

Spelt is not just a "good-for-you" grain. It has a sweet, nutty chewiness that tastes a little like barley. The grains stay fluffy and distinct when cooked, nicely al dente.

It's not a gluten-free grain because it is, after all, a type of wheat. But it's high in protein and fibre and like other whole grains a great addition to your diet.

It's also quick and easy to cook. We like to cook it like risotto and throw in any seasonal things we have around - fresh greens, a little lemon juice, some goat cheese. We included spelt, in fact, in our delicious Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds and Goat Cheese.

Try substituting spelt for rice or pasta in a salad or with curry or greens.


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