Hippy Happy Father’s Day

It is never a dull moment at the central hub of freshness. We would like to apologise for the problems we experienced with the availability of some of our products recently. If you didn’t receive what you ordered we do apologise for any disappointment! There were a few delivery hiccups with the public holiday we had.

We would also like to let everyone know that we are no longer going to be stocking products from Le Chocolatier. Unfortunately they do not produce the standards that we endeavour to support. They have not been honest with us or their consumers.

But we don’t like to dwell on the negative. The 5th of June was World Environment day. This year the theme is Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. Concern over the earth’s ability to sustain production of natural resources is rising. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. The United Nations Environment Programme is encouraging humans to get involved. You can take action by involving yourself in any number of projects in Sports, Art’s film and culture, Music and dance or Education and learning. Get involved, get registered and make sure your part counts over at http://www.unep.org/wed/take-action/find-out-how.asp

Our friends at Soil for Life are getting involved and running their annual campaign called Eat for the Earth. Soil for Life is a Cape Town-based non-profit organization teaching people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants. They strive to help people reconnect with the earth and to realize their potential for healthy, productive and fulfilling lives Soil for Life are inviting the public to host a meal during the month of June and invite and encourage their friends to come and donate to Soil for Life. The meals are logged at http://www.eatfortheearth.co.za where people can donate and get access to blog posts, videos and e-books. We are donating 10 R100 vouchers to customers signing up to this event.

If anyone would like to host an event or donate to Soil for Life visit their website http://www.soilforlife.co.za or Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/soilforlife


* PUKKA teas!

Womankind (Cranberry, rose and sweet vanilla) to help woman bloom and balance.

Star Anise & Cinnamon (and ginger) formerly known as Green Chai. Chamomile, vanilla and Manuka Honey is good news for inner peace.

Wendy from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm has launched a new facial range. Try out their new promotional pack which includes 1 x Bloublommetjies Facial cleanser, 1 x Bloublommetjies Toner Spritz,1 x Bloublommetjies Organic Skin Food. You can get your promo Facial Care Combo pack for R145! It includes:

* Bloublommetjies Facial Cleanser is a liquid low soap facial wash with comfrey, lavender and soapwort extracts – approx 20ml is applied to the wet face in a patting motion and rinsed with warm water.
* Bloublommetjies Toner Spritz is a spray-on toner made from flower and fruit extracts. The toner is sprayed on the dry skin (after cleansing) and followed immediately with their Organic Skin Food.
* Bloublommetjies Organic Skin Food is an oil based moisturiser made from lavender and wild olive. Just a drop or two is needed to adequately moisturise the face, by gently massaging it into the skin.

* FAB news!

You can now collect your weekly Abalimi & Harvest of Hope orders from the Ethical Co-op warehouse in Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands from the first week in July


* Certified (Demeter) Biodynamic Pepperdew pack from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm
* Non-certified organic Cauliflower, Broccoli, English Spinach from White Mountain
* Non-certified organic Peas from Beacon Farm Garden and Eric Swarts
* Certified organic Fresh Tumeric, English Spinach from Naturally Organic
* Non-certified biodynamic pine nuts, carob pods, sour figs, and a range of fresh farm herbs from Camphill Village – West Coast
* Non-certified organic red mustard lettuce from SEED, Mitchell’s Plain. Seedlings: Broad Bean, Henderson Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Japanese Giant Red Mustard, Covo Kale, True Siberian Kale, and Red Lettuce. Plants: Milk Thistle.

We wanted to leave you with a bit of sunshine this week.


* 500g fresh sour figs
* 3 lemons
* 1 kilo sugar/Xylitol
* 1 tsp ground black pepper


* Lay the figs in boiling water till the hard skin is soft and will peel off easily (carefully peel and cut off the hard part at the bottom).
* Half the lemons lengthways and then cut into very thin slices.
* Save the pips and tie these up in a small piece of muslin as they will add flavour to your marmalade.
* Place the fruit in a large bowl and cover with 1 litre water and then cover with a clean tea towel. Leave overnight as this helps the lemon rind to soften a bit.
* Pour the fruity mix into a heavy based preserving pan and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the lemon is soft.
* Remove the muslin pip bag.
* Add the sugar/Xylitol and black pepper and let this dissolve before bringing up to a rolling boil.
* Boil for about 10 minutes or until it has reached the setting point.
* Carefully ladle into sterilised jars and pop on the lids.
* Store in a cool cupboard and once opened keep it in the fridge and eat within a month.
* Enjoy this one on toast, crumpets or as a tasty topping for the finest vanilla ice-cream, it is summer sunshine in a jar.

(Remember Xylitol is not good for dogs!)

Have a Hippy Happy Father’s Day,
The Ethical Team

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Flu Busting Ninja Juice

It is around this time of year that getting out of bed is getting tougher. It is cold and dark and you can’t imagine leaving your duvet. There are some lucky farmers who are finally enjoying a break from the harvest and getting a chance to catch up with other activities. But they are not the only ones enjoying a well deserved break. The farmers are also giving the goats some time off to enjoy the… well that thing goats like doing so much?

A great debate exists between seasonal versus year round milk and dairy production. Goats are seasonal breeders and consequently are seasonal milk producers. Forage growth is seasonal and the aroma, flavour and texture of the dairy products produced are influenced greatly by what the goats are munching on.

Seasonality can be overcome by using various techniques but our friends at Foxenburg Estates think the wait will be well worth it for you and their goats. Foxenburg cannot supply any goat milk dairy products till the new season in August. By then the goats will be back in business. Their goats forage on certified organic pastures and so the dairy products are free from preservatives, hormones, anitbiotics and artificial colourants. We will be sure to alert you when Foxenburg are stocking dairy again. Foxenburg table olives will be ready around November. In the meantime be sure to try the 2015 olive oil from Foxenburg Estates available in 1L and 500ml.


* 2015 Olive oil from Blue Sky Organics
* Garden Peas from Eric Swarts
* Patti Pans and Radish bunches from Naturally Organic

*** On special *** Gooseberries WAS R30 now R23 from Naturally Organic

For those of you who have been hit hard by the change of season and are feeling under the weather so to speak, try to rely on natural remedies and avoid drug stores. Try gargling with salt water to relieve a sore throat, a hot bath with eucalyptus oil to clear the airways and THIS Flu Busting Ninja Juice:

1 Pink Lady Apple
3cm chunk Fresh Ginger Root
Half medium Lemon (unwaxed)
1 heaped teaspoon Raw Honey
1 half cup Hot Water

Juicing Instructions:
Juice the apple, ginger and lemon (leave the peel on). Pour the juice into your favourite mug. Make sure you only half fill the mug and then top up with hot (not boiling) water from the kettle. Add the honey and get cosy.

Stinging nettles and organic Aloe Drink

Don’t forget to get your orders in this week. Cape Town customers have until Sunday 9pm (northern deliveries) or Tuesday 2pm (southern deliveries) to place an order (and can change the order right up until the closing time); whilst the rest of South Africa can order anytime, for delivery by post office.


* Stinging Nettle, limited quantities of Broccoli, flat-leafed Kale and lemons from Naturally O

Nettle and Cauliflower Casserole

1 grocery bag full of nettles (like spinach, they shrink A LOT when prepped)
1 cup of chopped cauliflower
1 cup of brown rice
2 cups of veggie stock
8 oz of creme fraiche
grated Parmigiano Reggiano (or Pecorino Romano) for additional yummy-ness
salt and pepper to taste

Start by prepping your nettles by basically boiling, draining and chopping.
Boil the chopped cauliflower until tender and then drain and set aside with the drained chopped nettles.
Using a good veggie stock, cook one cup of rice in a big pot until tender and all the stock is absorbed.
Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.
Add the cauliflower and nettles to the rice, as well as the creme fraiche.
Mix until combined, then add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on grated parmiggiano and serve warm.

* White Sweet Potatoes from Eric Swarts in Stellenbosch

* Leeks, Baby Marrows and limited quantities of English Cucumber from White Mountain


Certified organic Aloe Drink 500ml R37 from Totally Wild

Aloe has many known soothing and healing benefits. It is however starting to become recognised for the treatment of the digestive tract and can bring relief to sufferers of indigestion, heartburn, reflux, stomach ulcers, IBS, colitis and diverticulitis. Totally Wild is offering a certified organic, kosher/halaal and additive free Aloe drink! We highly recommend you try some this week!

Have a Hippy Happy weekend,
The Ethical Team

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New Urban Organic Farm Project

The Ethical co-op has so many new and exciting products and projects on the go this week we are going to just jump right in! If you want to quickly find any of the products mentioned in the newsletter then select the tab ‘New and Featured’ at the top of our website. We aim to share as much information as possible about our offerings, and you can click on the ‘More Info’ button to see detailed product information, including ingredients, certification details and best-by dates.

Congratulations to Naturally Organic for obtaining their organic certification from the Control Union. New from Naturally Organic: you can find pink lady apples which you can purchase as a 1kg pack or in a 5kg bulk pack for juicing, table celery, green beans (230g), edible marrow flower pack and Mediterranean cucumbers.

Apples and Their Benefits
Apples are a great addition to juicing as they blend well with nearly any fruit and vegetable and great flavour and sugary joy.

A good source of Vitamin A, Vitamins B and C, amino acids as well as riboflavin and are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron. Enzyme-Rich to Aid Digestion
Great Cleanser (detoxifies by eliminating free radicals and toxins)
Great Energy Source (keeps blood sugar levels up)
Lowers Blood Cholesterol
Excellent Diuretic
Good Antiseptic
Excellent Laxative
Liver Support

Pink lady Juice Recipe
4 Cucumbers
2 Pink Apples
1 bunch Parsley
1 Lemon
2 Beets
1 bunch Kale + stems
2 large Chard Leaves

Just Juice! Delish!

Also, new this week are green beans (500g) from SEED, fresh coriander/dhania available from White Mountain and sweetcorn from Kleinjongenskraal.

If you are looking for something sweet why not order some delicious Dark, Milk and White chocolate from Le Chocolatier. Based in Franschoek, Le Chocolatier is offering the finest Quality Organic Swiss Chocolates. No sugar, gluten free and suitable for a paleo or banting diet!

Arriba, Arriba! Andale, Andale!
We have also added some fabulous tortilla corn chips and tortillas from Santa Anna’s. Santa Anna’s started as a once-of stall at the Getaway Show three years ago. After attempting to source quality local tortilla locally, the team eventually settled on producing their own. Santa Anna’s is now a small factory from where they can produce 8000 tortillas a day. They use local organic corn sourced from a biodynamic farm in Fickburg for the tortillas and also produce corn chips that are fried in coconut oil. For a recent article about them http://morethanfood.co.za/piet-marais-an-interview/.

Please send flattened cardboard boxes for our new urban organic farm project in conjunction with Brian Joffin and Toni Khulule from SEED, in Mitchell’s Plain, and Ihata Shelter, in Heideveld, Athlone. We need cardboard boxes as we prepare for our 1 hectare Food Gardening project. The Ihata Shelter exists to help ALL women affected by domestic violence who seek sanctuary by providing a caring, clean and safe shelter with accommodation up to 6 months. At the Ihata Shelter, women are allowed space and time to plan their lives forward through services geared towards empowerment, improved self-respect, independence and recovery, ending with successful community re-integration. Their motto is “Time to heal and tools to grow”. The vegetable garden lies at the heart of healing women. The program is used to help women heal. The garden is small and it is their dream to expand the garden into an organic farm. Director Nuraan Osman: “Each of the lessons taught in gardening, like composting are compared to removing all the waste out of our lives and placing seeds in the ground. This brings hope and joy to the hearts of women.”

A gigantic thank you to our friends at Reliance Compost, http://www.reliance.co.za/, for their massively generous donation of 12 cubes of compost to kick start the project.

Have a Hippy Happy weekend,
the Ethical Team

It’s Not April Fools!

The Ethical co-op strives to bring you the best quality, best-priced fresh organic fruit, vegetables and dairy. We have been running since 2005 and in 2014 we went through some changes and Anique, who has a strong interest in health and supporting local farmers started taking over the management of things. Our range of products is growing all the time but it seems like our ethos is spreading as well. We are oh! So! Very! proud to announce that our very own Director (and Chief Executive Officer of Bliss) at The Ethical co-op, Anique will be presenting at the Renewable Energy Festival on 28 March 2015. She’ll be chatting a bit about the Ethical cooperative experience and localising production and consumption as a response to the climate crisis and we’d love you all the join us.

The Ethical co-op spent some time in Johannesburg recently at the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign. We made lots of new like-minded friends and we are all excited about participating in this year’s Renewable Energy Festival. The Exhibitors have been hand picked to join the festival and have masses of information to give to the public about Renewable Energy Resources. The festival is aimed at educating the public about renewable energy and sustainability.

Vishwas Satgar will be discussing the climate crisis and agriculture, industrial agriculture problem’s and will talk a bit about the alternatives such as agro-ecology, food culture and solidarity economy.

Davine Witbooi will speak about her farming experience and agro-ecology and how they are managing water use and dealing with the climate crisis.

Zayaan Khan from Surplus Peoples Project will talk about local and indigenous food culture in relation to climate change.

The Renewable Energy Festival is at the Green Point Track in Greenpoint. 28 March 2015 11h30 – 22h00. The festival will be OFF THE GRID and will culminate with global Earth Hour switch off. Its FREE! So bring family, kids, friends and anyone you think would benefit from making alternative choices when it comes to renewability, sustainability and responsibility. The festival is aimed at educating everybody on climate change and what is happening to our beautiful planet while we sit back and do nothing.

You’ll get to enjoy an amazing FREE line up of truly South African performers throughout the day and evening. The iconic SA Legend himself, Johnny Clegg and his entire team, Hot Water, Jesse Clegg, Gang of Instrumentals, Comedian Siv Ngesi will MC and perform, top SA cover band Me & Mr Brown, Katlego Maboa, great forums where you can voice your opinion and get involved, stunning kids entertainment, craft and food market, juice bars, an exciting expo bringing new products to the market and demonstrating renewable energy in action, celebrity sportsman supporting our Kick the coal out of the park campaign and so much more!

Check It Out! The SA Eco Film Festival also starts this week.

Meanwhile back at Headquarters our Banana Saga continues. This week, unfortunately, the bananas became unavailable at the last minute. We’re offering them again this week from a new supplier Lebombo, and hopefully there’ll be no more unpleasant surprises. Banana’s are priced at R12,00/kg. You may think we are taking you for a Monkey’s Uncle but it’s not April fool’s we really wrote R12,00!

This Just in! Radish, Brinjals, orange-fleshed Sweet Potatoes and two varieties of Parsley (Moss curled and Italian).

Parsley is often overlooked in the herb garden and the kitchen and only used as a simple garnish. Nutritionally there is no difference between Moss Curled (Petroselinum Crispum) and Italian or flat leaf parsley (Petroselinum Crispum). Many people prefer the taste of Italian parsley and it tends to be favoured by cooks because it can stand longer cooking.

Here are some more things we bet you didn’t know about Parsley

1. Parsley is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, vitamin A and minerals such as iron. Two tablespoons of parsley a day added to your food will provide protection against colds and flu.
2. It is an excellent herb to use when detoxing as it acts as a diuretic. It can also help relieve problems such as gout, arthritis and rheumatism.
3. Chewing parsley keeps your gums healthy and it will freshen your breath if you have been eating garlic.
4. When parsley is used with other herbs it tends to enhance the flavour of other herbs. Italian parsley is more robust than moss curled parsley and it can be added during cooking while the moss curled should only be added at the very end.
5. In the garden, parsley can tell you a lot about your soil. It quickly shows a deficiency of iron with yellow leaves.
6. It is a good companion plant for roses because it attracts the aphids away from the roses. In fact any other plant that is attacked by aphids will benefit being planted near parsley.

Have a beautiful week,
The Ethical team

Go to www.ethical.org.za to place your order before Tuesday 2pm, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Goodbye Louis

We have had a busy and productive start to the year. You may not have heard from us in awhile but we have been scouting the local organic small farms to bring you new and exciting products and ideas.

Goodbye Louis
Last week, the Ethical Co-op lost one of our dear colleagues, Louis Phiri, who passed away last week. He has been off work for the last few months resting in Zimbabwe with his family, and was hopeful of returning soon each time we spoke to him, so it came as a heavy blow to hear the news this week. Some of you might remember when his brother Robson passed away in September 2012. Everyone who has ordered from Ethical has been touched by Louis’s positivity and his energy when he took over as the night shift supervisor, leading the team packing through Tuesday and Wednesday nights before the boxes go out early the following mornings.

NEW Products This Week
Chocolate full cream yoghurt from Camphill Dairy.

Also, be sure not to miss out on our fresh delivery of local seasonal organic Avocados, Naartjies, Sweet Potatoes, Quince and Coriander (Dhania).

There are new plants, seedlings and seeds available this week from SEED, Mitchells Plain and White Mountain, Wolesly in our ‘Home and Garden’ section.

NEW Collection Points
We have opened a few new collection points in the last couple of months: Newlands, Komati Foods in Observatory, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Paarl and Wellington. All details are on our website – remember that if your current collection point is closed, or you want to choose a more convenient one, you can change your default collection point by going to “Change details” after logging in.

We are also looking for new collection points in Sea Point and Belleville. If any one knows of a coffee or health shop, deli or, farm stall that would like to host us please let us know.

We have been taking a close look at the feedback we have been receiving. We really value any comments, complaints and queries so keep them coming! It appears some of our customer service queries were being answered late, or not at all. Please accept our apologies if you’ve been affected. We’ve made some changes which should ensure much quicker responses and that nothing slips through the cracks in future. If you still have an unresolved issue, please send it through again and we’ll do our best to sort it out promptly this time!

It’s competition time!
We are looking for catchy, fun, fresh and creative slogans and pictures to brand our new delivery trucks that aligns our ethics and values. The best slogan of the competition will win free weekly veggie boxes for 3 months. Thats right! You heard us! Free veggies!

Re-use and Recycle
We love re-using, so please return egg boxes, punnets, 1 litre and 500ml glass jars and the flattened cardboard boxes, and we’ll put them to good use again.

Ethical Co-Op Meeting

As you will be aware the Ethical Co-Op has recently faced a few challenges and has subsequently undergone a change in management. We have been overwhelmed by offers of support and we are also aware that changes also provide new opportunities. For this reason we are calling a meeting of everyone involved in the co-op from supporters and customers to staff and activists.

We are calling the meeting both in response to your generous offers of assistance but also with the vision of taking this opportunity to build a more collective and participatory ownership of a more sustainable co-op.

The meeting will be held on Saturday the 14th June 2014 from 10h30 – 14h30 at the EMG Office, 10 Nuttal Road, Observatory, Cape Town.

The venue is not a big space so please RSVP by Monday the 9th of June so that if there is a big response we will have time to organise another venue.

1. Welcome and Introduction – Anique van der Vlugt
2. Additions and acceptance of the Agenda
3. Ethical Co-op requirements
a. Practical and Operational
b. Governance and Management
4. Any Other business
5. Close

Once again we would like to thank everyone for their support through this challenging time. We are looking forward to meeting with everyone and developing with all our stakeholders a new dynamic and prosperous Ethical Co-op.

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to place your order before Tuesday 2pm, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ethical re-opening

I announced on Friday that the Ethical Co-op was closing, but, after some reconsideration, Anique has decided to keep Ethical going. Anique has been running much of the day-to-day operations since joining in 2012, and will be able to keep things running smoothly as I move on.

There has been a huge outpouring of support, with many hundreds of comments and emails. Thank you for all the kind words. It’s good to know that the vision of inspiring the community through authentic food and products has been appreciated by so many, and will now be continuing under Anique’s guidance.

Ethical will be closed for orders this week, but will re-open to receive orders for next week with Anique at the helm.

Bringing the journey to an end

This is a short announcement that the Ethical Co-op, after nine years of trading, is closing. We began in 2005 and over the years the original members have all left. I was the last one still involved.

I haven’t been closely involved recently, and decided to step away. With no one else in a position to keep things running, I have chosen to close the Ethical Co-op.

It’s sad news for the staff, some of whom have been involved for many years, or who only work for Ethical a few days a week. It’s sad as well for the farmers and suppliers that we’ve supported, many of whom rely heavily on Ethical. If anyone knows of any opportunities for some excellent warehouse staff I can highly recommend, please let me know.

It’s a different world to when we started. At that time there was very little organic produce available, and one of the reasons for our foundation was so that we could get the best food brought to us rather than us each driving all around to track it down. Now, much of the products we offer are widely available elsewhere, from many different sources.

So, it’s time to bring the journey to an end. There’ll be more details for suppliers that we owe, or customers with credits, as we sort out the closing finances, but please have patience, as it will take some time to go through everything.

Thanks everyone for all the support over the years, and wishing you all a thriving future full of healthy and ethical food.

With love,

A sapling a day and a new day

It’s a big week for us as we’ve finally outgrown squeezing everything into one day a week. From this week, we will be delivering on two days a week. We head north on Wednesdays, and south on Thursdays.

It also means that for deliveries in the north, the cutoff time is now Monday 2pm for delivery on Wednesday, while deliveries to the south are unchanged, with a Tuesday 2pm cutoff time for delivery on Thursday.

Crops don’t only get harvested one day a week, and this will help some of the farms spread the load a little bit. Also, our packing staff, some of whom only work for us one day a week, won’t be frenziedly packing all day and night Wednesday, and some will have an extra day’s (or night’s) work.

If you’re unsure when we’ll be delivering, all information about which day we deliver to which delivery region or collection point is on the site, or ask Anique for help by replying to this email.

Please bear with us if there’re any system or logistical glitches for the first week of our new arrangement.

A Sapling a Day
The year was 1979, and a teenager in India saw the floods come, with trees uprooted and hundreds of dead animals littering the banks. He had already noticed the reduction in migratory birds, and the village elders told him that this was due to deforestation. Animals lost their homes and birds had less wild lands to visit. They suggested he plant trees to help reduce the damage.

And plant trees he did. Every day for 34 years he has planted trees, and the area has been transformed into a lush forest of 550 hectares, supporting wild elephants, tigers, deer and rhino.

Watering the newly-planted saplings was quickly impractical, so he designed bamboo platforms for each tree, holding earthen pots with small holes, which would slowly drip down quenching the thirst of the young saplings.

With the initial forest now sustainable, he is now planting another forest of 150 hectares.

Too many of us look at the scope of the challenges or the long journey ahead, wonder what we alone can do, and, discouraged, fail to even start. But making a difference is easy really. Just aim in the right direction, and start walking. Time takes care of all the rest.

New Collection Points
There’ve been quite a few new collection points added recently. Aniyor Bakery Cafe in Thibault Square, Alive Cafe in Muizenberg, Greenhouse in Newlands, Mellissa’s in Paarl, Die Breytenbach Galery in Wellington, and the Constantia Waldorf School is also back. If you want to choose a new default collection point, or update any contact information, you can click “Change Details” at the top of the page.

If you’re interested in being a collection point (and we’re particularly looking in the Green Point/Sea Point and Milnerton areas), drop us a mail and we’ll let you know what it’s all about.

Have a great week,
the Ethical team

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to place your order before Monday or Tuesday 2pm, and remember that you can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.