A NEW grocery store has opened in Maryborough selling a variety of certified organic groceries to give locals a healthier eating option.
A family health scare 12 months ago motivated Lianna Ammenhauser and Sarah Baird to open a one-stop organic grocery store, The Organic Patch on Ellena St.
The two sisters-in-law decided to offer organic food supplies to locals after a family member was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
Ms Ammenhauser said after doing some research online, the family decided to start eating organic food.
"Within three to four weeks of eating healthy, our family noticed a marked improvement in our wellbeing. But sourcing certified organic products locally was difficult," she said.
"The supermarkets here have very limited choices and the other option was putting an order through a home-based company in Hervey Bay which delivers once a week."
The shop which was four months in the making, stocks the largest variety of fresh certified organic fruit and vegetables, as well as grocery and baking items, dairy products, personal and baby care products and cold drinks.
The women want to promote healthy eating to the general public.
"Organics is becoming more mainstream these days as consumers are concerned about the use of pesticides and chemicals on their food supply," Ms Ammenhauser said.
"The health conscious, parents wanting the best start for their children, parents of children with ADHD, autism, consumers with health concerns and consumers with an environmental conscience, will be our main customers."
Ms Ammenhauser said it has taken a lot of time and effort to source the products and believe customers will love them.