locavores, carnivores, omnivores, international eaters, vegans, vegetarians and health food aficionados can find what they’re looking for at Food for Thought. the store on Gower Street offers an infinite variety of spices and herbs, fresh local produce, meat (beef, chicken, goat, lamb), local honey, coffee beans and more. Nancy Maher is the proprietor.
Food for Thought has been home to natural, healthy and organic since 2002. back then, if you were a seeker of fresh, local or exotic, on Saturdays you might have found yourself shopping outside and inside the Food for Thought store in a shared space with the Oxfam office in old Duckworth Street. inside, the shop was packed floor to ceiling with marvelous things, and outside from farmers sold produce from their trucks. that was Nancy’s innovation.
after a fire burnt down the building in 2014, Food for Thought relocated to a bigger, brighter space in Gower Street with the help of Nancy’s long time friend and supplier GJ Shortall Ltd. today the local movement is a way of life that has morphed into a way of business. community thrives at Food for Thought, and the shop is bustling with customers coming with empty jars, ready to be filled with Food for Thought goodness.
it’s a gathering space and Nancy and a staff of three are on hand to help customers and have a chat. Food for Thought uses local suppliers like GJ Shortall Ltd, Mount Scio Farm, the Organic Farm, Murray Meadow’s Farm, and the meat farmer from Foxtrap, Nelson Fagan. Fagan's is a third generation farmer who supplied Nancy’s family when she was a child.
Food for Thought is a go-to for busy restaurants around town. and since sustainability is so important, Food for Thought avoids unnecessary packaging by selling in bulk, people can bring their own containers, and they have the Boomerang Bags.
check out the Food For Thougth Facebook Live at Food for Thought from December 2016.