Come to Our AGM and then Farefoot Bowling

Community Foods Annual General Meeting is this Sunday 7th May

~ and we'd love to see you all there.

Where? Toogood Rd Bowls Club, off Mulgrave Road. Turn right at the lights.

The AGM will be from  12 noon on the Verandah. 

Find out how the food co-operative operates, meet other like-minded people and have some fun afterwards.

Once the business of the day is done, kick back for some barefood bowls ~ the less experience, the more laughs we'll all have. 

Bring light snack foods to share, as there is no foods available at the venue. However, drinks are available at the counter.

From approximately 1 pm to 4 pm barefoot bowls $10 each.

RSVP via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave your name at the shop on the notice behind the sales counter.


20 Year Celebrations Kick Off with Community Dinner

This year marks twenty years in business for Community Foods, and to kick off a year of celebrations, the Co-Op is hosting a community dinner at the German Club in Winkworth Street, Bungalow on Tuesday  7 February, 2017.

Dinner will be served from 7pm, with pre-dinner nibbles from 6.30pm.

The dinner is being put together with fresh produce and ingredients from Community Foods’ shop in Shield Street and donated food from Rusty’s Markets. Community Foods volunteers will be working alongside Cairns Community Kitchen (CCK) volunteers to cook up a marathon feast.

Tricia Gates, one of the long-serving volunteers with Community Foods says there is much to celebrate.

“We’ve been flying in the face of convention since the beginning, when we were just a stall at Rusty’s Markets. We’ve always tried to fly high with our aims and objectives, and we’ve grown from strength to strength over the years.”

Organisers say they would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in the cooking, preparing and running of the event.

“Bring your chef skills and be part of the Cairns alternative stream, not the mainstream,” says Tricia, who says to contact her on 0405 391608, if you would like to get involved.

Donations are welcome on the night to help organise further celebrations, and keep CCK operational.

To book for the dinner on 7 Feb: phone 4041 5335 or @communityfoodscairns

To volunteer on the night: Tricia Gates: phone 0405 391608 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    


Rainforest honey is Back

Those of you who have been awaiting the return of our best-selling rainforest honey can wait no more. It's back!

Due to this year's late Wet Season, and not enough rain when it did rain, the flowers didn't flower, the bees didn't collect pollen and honey wasn't being produced at the usual time of year.

However, the bees got busy once the pollen did start to make an appearance, and Community Foods is again stocking rainforest honey, thanks to the bees kept by beekeeper Robert Martin.

"This is a prime example of global warming in action," says Community Foods Co-Ordinator Peter Reay. "We went through an extended heat wave pattern last year which delayed the start of the Wet Season, and once it did start, we didn't get enough rain to promote anything like real growth and flowering. Plants were just hanging on. Then finally, when the plants did flower, the rain didn't help, because it was making it hard for the bees to collect the pollen they need in order to fill their own hives, let alone produce honey for us."

Peter says add to this the spray drift from agricultural pesticides, and you have a recipe for unhappy bees and even unhappier bee-keepers.

"So all up, we're really pleased to have our rainforest honey, because the story here is not about having honey in the shop, but about having happy bees producing it. 



Skill Up with Community Foods

Upskill Now at Community Foods for Retail Experience

Community Foods is having a volunteer recruitment drive to boost community relations and help upskill anyone interested in learning valuable customer service, retail and sales skills.

Alex Daly, long-term Community Foods volunteer and JCU student, says volunteering at the store has not only taught him about stock rotation and ordering, money handling, point-of-sale operations and food handling, but also given him a strategic insight into production trends and competition, marketing and general small business practices.

“I’ve been volunteering regularly now for two years and I love it. I get to meet a broad range of people from the Cairns community, including many of our international visitors; in fact Community Foods is now a cornerstone of my social life. I highly recommend it.”

Trisha Fox of the Management Committee says new volunteers are eased into the role of sales assistant, and learn all aspects of the running of the shop over time, with two dedicated training sessions from one of the co-op’s founders, Alan Beard.

“We’re keen to welcome new people who share a passion for whole foods with minimum packaging, have a go-getter attitude and are not afraid of learning, working and meeting new and like-minded people. We’re a co-op and we work together. And it’s a lot of fun,” she says.

Anyone interested in volunteering can go to the co-op website: and fill in the on-line form, pop into the shop at 74 Shields Street, just down from Cairns Central, or phone 4041 5335 to make a time to come and in and chat.


Plant Foods & Community Foods - Online Ordering

Plant Foods CairnsCommunity Foods is working in partnership with Plant Foods, a not-for-profit, community project of Paradise Earth Foundation. It brings together producers of organically grown plant foods with the Cairns community. The aim is to help secure a future for producers while providing greater access to farm fresh produce at wholesale prices. In a few easy steps you can have your weekly fresh organic produce, packaged goods & select Community Foods products

Read more: Plant Foods & Community Foods - Online Ordering


New items available in the shop

Every so often we like to inform our customers of new items available in the shop. Perhaps you've not visited for a while, or have simply overlooked some of our latest additions. Read on to find out more.

Read more: New items available in the shop


Coop Sponsors Bike Tour

For the 4th year in a row, Community Foods is proud to be sponsoring the Far Noth Wildernesss Bike Tour. Community Foods are part of the organic food showcase which will be featured every breakfast on the tour. This mountain biking adventure through the spectacular landscapes of tropical north Queensland is an eight day, fully catered, self-paced bike tour. Riders will explore the beautiful World Heritage listed rainforests, woodlands, waterfalls, and mountains that this region has to offer.

Community Foods will be supplying some of the favorites breakfast foods from our shop; Organic Rolled Oats, Local Tablelands Unheated Light Gum Honey & Organic Deluxe Muesli (38% Fruit, Nuts & Seeds). There are so many wonderful organic breakfast options to choose from if you think the idea of putting on your own "Organic Food Showcase" at your home.

Read more: Coop Sponsors Bike Tour


Unwrapping our new campaign

intouch_katetaniaThat does it...we have had enough of putting single-use food packaging straight from the cupboard into the bin. Australians generate over 2,000kg of waste a year each...and half of that ends up in landfill. Yes, we recycle where we can but there is one step better – don't buy the rubbish in the first place!

In support of this idea, Community Foods will be focusing on ways to use more unpackaged foods. Inspired by a documentary called "No Impact Man", some of our volunteers have lived without purchasing packaged food for over 3 months now.

Read more: Unwrapping our new campaign


Filtered water

We have created another way for you to use less packaging! Our top quality Nikken PiMag filtered water is now available to you. We only ask for a small donation when you bring your own bottle for refilling.


Call for volunteers

We currently have vacancies for volunteers on Tuesday morning, Friday afternoon and Saturdays.  We need people that are interested working with customers to share food knowledge and service.  You will be trained in the workings of a Food Co-operative and will join our team of over 30 volunteers.  If you, or one of your friends are interested in joining the team - please call Community Foods on 4041 5335 to discuss options.  We look forward to meeting you. 


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