A WORLDWIDE interest in food and organics is being reflected in McDougall St, Toowoomba.
Murray Griffiths, aka Mr Organic, has been quietly trading, steadily building up his no-frills approach to retail for the past nine years.
He sells from his shop as well as boxing up produce to send to properties out west.
But this year, Mr Griffiths has noticed a shift in trade.
More people are becoming interested in the food he sells and are interested in its origin.
"People are concerned about what is in their food and they want to know where their food has come from," he said.
Mr Griffiths said 2013 was the best start his business had experienced.
"Usually you have to wait for the kids to go back to school before things get moving," he said.
"But this year was a good start. We got going straight away."
As much as he can, Mr Griffiths sources locally-grown fruits, vegetables and some grocery lines, including organic bread made in Pittsworth.
"It is about getting back to the foods our grandparents ate," he said.
"Health problems are increasing all the time: diabetes, cancers, heart attacks.
"I believe that if we eat organic we can decrease health problems."
Local food for local people
- Mr Organic sells locally grown food where available.
- Currently they are stocking olives from Injune, apples from Stanthorpe, avocadoes from Blackbutt and bread from Cha La La Bakery in Pittsworth.
- "Throughout the year there is a tremendous variety if you look within a 150 kilometre radius," Mr Organic owner Murray Griffiths said.
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