The Organic Place

Celebrating a Decade of Quality as We Bid Farewell

After ten incredible years, it is with mixed emotions that we announce the closing of The Organic Place. Our journey has been filled with unforgettable moments, and we are immensely grateful for your unwavering support throughout this time.

From the very beginning, our mission was to turn our family's challenge into something positive and impactful. Harlow’s severe allergies inspired us to create a business that not only provided quality organic food but also allowed us to raise our three young children in a nurturing environment. Along the way, we have met many wonderful people and witnessed the positive impact of organic food on their lives. From helping new parents conceive after seeking advice from naturopaths to supporting cancer patients in their recovery, we have seen firsthand the truth in Hippocrates’ words: "Food is medicine."

Our journey has been blessed with opportunities to provide certified organic food to remarkable individuals, including Novak Djokovic during his Australian Open campaigns, where my kids and I delivered the food to his temporary home in Melbourne. We also had the privilege of supplying organic produce to Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson, Andrew Walker, and even Hamish and Andy, who invited us into their Fox FM office. These high-profile endorsements were invaluable, and we are deeply thankful for the social media shoutouts that helped elevate our small business.

Beyond the celebrities, our true joy has been the connections we made with you, our cherished customers. We have enjoyed countless conversations on doorsteps and received overwhelming support since announcing our closure. Your trust in us to provide high-quality organic and biodynamic produce has been the cornerstone of our success, and we are forever grateful.

To the suppliers and farmers who work tirelessly, often without recognition, to bring real food to our tables – thank you. Your dedication and passion are the lifeblood of our business. Special thanks to Jen and her team from Organic Growers Group, Judy from Biodynamic Marketing, Farmer Shane from Cherry Tree Organics, Gerty and Marcello at Melba Fresh, and Frank at Pure Harvest. Your hard work and commitment to supporting both farmers and small businesses do not go unnoticed. We extend our gratitude to the entire team at each of these suppliers.

As we close this chapter, we encourage you to continue supporting small businesses and local farmers. They need your support now more than ever. The future of our country, our children, and our grandchildren depend on it. Let’s ensure that they have access to real, quality food by making this our lasting legacy.

Our staff has been incredible, especially during the challenges of COVID. We became a close-knit team, forming friendships and creating a safe haven behind locked doors every Thursday morning. We played Alpha Bucks, laughed, made silly videos, and built amazing memories. This period is one of the fondest memories I have of The Organic Place. During our time in operation, we have been able to provide jobs for 48 people, and we thank you all for helping and supporting our small family business. Your messages, texts, emails, and social media responses this week have touched me deeply. I am proud to have had you as part of The Organic Place family.

A special thank you to Ben, who worked two jobs and supported me from the day I decided to start this business to this very moment of transitioning to new challenges. Thank you for being our fruit and veg buyer for seven years until we outsourced the job to Mick and now Ken, all of whom have been fantastic in ensuring we get premium A-grade fruit and vegetables. Your unwavering support means everything.

We also extend our heartfelt thanks to the people we have met and networked with along the way. It has been invaluable to have other small business owners to talk to who truly understand the joys and challenges of running a small business.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our customers who have supported us over the past ten years. Seeing your friendly faces on Thursday and Friday delivery days and hearing your stories about why you choose to eat organic has been truly inspiring. Thank you for the calls, messages, and best wishes for our future endeavors since we announced our closure. Your support has been overwhelming and deeply moving.

Lastly, to our children, this business wouldn't have started without you. Educating you about the food system and watching you grow through this journey has been invaluable. You've developed a love for good food, learned to cook, understood nutrition, and acquired practical skills such as reading and processing invoices, packing orders, and updating the website. The memories we've created together, both at work and at home, are ones we will cherish forever. The time has come for me to focus more on you as you grow into teenagers, establishing boundaries with work hours so we can enjoy our family time while you still want to.

Thank you all for allowing me this opportunity. As I transition to spending more time with my family, I am filled with both excitement and a bit of uncertainty, but I am ready for this next chapter.

With deepest appreciation and happy cooking!

Brooke, Ben, Ryder, Stevie, Harlow and The Organic Place team!

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