WOK: Thinking Outside The (Vege) Box since 2007

You may have noticed there have been some changes down that little-known alley called Electric Avenue, behind Raglan Roast. Once a desolate no-mans land, it’s again vibrant with activity.

WOK – Whaingaroa Organic Kai was started about eight years ago by one family looking for ways to bring bulk, certified organic foods to Raglan for a reasonable and affordable price (a bit like a ‘food-buying club’ or co-op). Fast-forward eight years, more families, a bigger, brighter, broader range of products, and you’ll find the results down Electric Avenue.

There can be a lot to consider about food these days, and at WOK we are all passionate foodies – passionate about local food, organic food, good food, healthy food. Is it organic, spray-free or free-range? Is it dairy-free, gluten-free or sugar-free? Is it vegetarian, vegan, paleo, raw? Is it even in season? And what about packaging? Plastic free? How many miles did it travel to reach your plate? Our plucky crew can help you navigate the choppy waters of food choices…we’re all about choices, options and alternatives. Food should be fun. Don’t like dairy? Try our buffalo yoghurt/ cheese.

We’ve got Kaiwhenua Salad Bags, Liz & Rick’s Pesto, local honey and eggs. Naked Dairy Meat, Prinz Mushrooms, True Food Granola, Ruapuke Sourdough Bread, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt and of course, Clare’s legendary caramel slice (no sugar added).

For the best value, serve yourself from one of our easy-to-use bulk bins containing organic nuts and seeds, dried fruits, grains, flours and beans. We believe healthy food should be affordable and we minimise plastic waste – look for Vicky’s free colourful cloth bags! We also put together veggie boxes (actually we use jute bags, beautifully designed by Leighton Graphics) for about 70 families each week. We source organic/ spray free fruit and veg from around the North Island, and as much locally as possible. Also in the bags can go canned goods, breads, mushrooms, milk, pasta, breakfast foods. You choose exactly what you want from our website and we’ll pack it for you – just call into the shop to get set up.

‘Staff Pick’ this week: Dr Feelgood ice pops: No nasties and all good!

Electric Avenue (behind Volcom Lane). 07-282-1590. wokraglan.co.nz