Sometimes places just feel right. You walk in and suddenly you're okay with being there. Harvest Organic Foodstore, Cafe & Kitchen in Fairfield is one of those places. For those playing at home, this space has only been Harvest since its relaunch earlier this year. The cafe has previously lived on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy as Organic Gertrude, before migrating to Station Street in 2004 and becoming Harvest this January, almost ten years later.
Harvest is one for the community. It's an organic cafe in the front, and an organic foodstore and takeaway spot out the back. Mornings see this space filled with fresh, warm Baker D. Chirico bread, which is well worth getting up with the sun for.
All day organic breakfast is a good thing. Start with a quinoa and sago porridge with agave, toasted almonds and coconut flakes ($13), or perhaps the mushroom ragu on rye with baby kale and poached eggs ($17).
Lunchtime sees jerk chicken and farro salad with raw walnuts, spinach, and apple cider dressing ($19.50), or the red lentil dahl with brown rice, coconut coriander chutney, and yoghurt ($15). There are also a range of tarts and pies in the cabinet. They are perfect for the buy now, eat later situation.
For those who want to cook for themselves, these guys have you covered for that too. From the shelves you'll find flours, grains, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolates. In the fridge there yoghurts made of milk, or make of cashews, cheese, milk, tofu, eggs, and in-house pre-packaged soups and take home foods. You'll also find organic meats for sale, including fresh cuts of beef and lamb from Sprunt Farms, and ham, bacon and cured meats from Skara Artisan Smallgoods.
We dare you to go in and come out empty handed. We can't.