For ethical and sustainable food products and drinks such as kombucha and organic coconut oil, check out online grocer Sasha’s Fine Foods’ latest project, Sasha’s Farms. This non-profit social enterprise shines the spotlight on small and independent businesses like Kore Culture Labs, a fermenting café in Bali that makes healthy drinks including kombucha. Founder Sasha Conlan is a firm believer in sourcing sustainable, ethical and premium meats and produce for her customers, and this ethos extends to Sasha’s Farms.
Small and sustainable
The aim is simple: to bring delicious, healthy and sustainable food and drinks directly from a small group of ethical food producers whom Sasha personally knows. The products are purchased at a fair market price, which in turn translates to supporting the business and the local community. With an increase in demand, these brands can reinvest and grow without compromising on the quality of their products.
Through this initiative, Sasha also hopes to share her business expertise and knowledge with these special producers. With the backing and support of Sasha’s Fine Foods, the small businesses are provided with the stability they need to operate independently in the long run.
Good for the gut
The online debut of Sasha’s Farms features a beautiful lineup of gut-friendly, health-boosting drinks from Kore Culture Labs, a cosy fermenting café in Uluwatu, Bali. On the site, you’ll find delicious kombuchas with ingredients like berries and vanilla, along with natural sodas and anti-inflammatory morning shots made of herbs, spices and enzymes.
Kore Culture Labs was started by Matt Cook after his father was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and passed away. During that period, Matt became aware of how important gut health is in boosting immunity and preventing diseases. His research revealed that many commercially-produced kombuchas were too sugary. On top of that, some brands weren’t transparent in listing the full ingredients that go into making the drinks. So he decided to create his own by using the best organic ingredients from local Balinese farmers, including locally grown organic tea, fruits, filtered Bali rainwater and a touch of organic cane sugar.
Superfood at its finest
Another must-try is the organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil sourced from a company called “āluān” in Sumatra, Indonesia. Sasha’s Farms supports this collective of small, independent coconut farmers by giving them access to a platform and wider market so that they can continue farming sustainably while minimising their impact on the environment. The coconut oil is extracted without heat and using unique locally created processes, and then packaged at the source in Aceh, Indonesia. This vegan, paleo and gluten-free superfood is loaded with vitamin E, healthy fat and nutrients for immunity support, enhanced brain function and radiant skin.
Shop the full range of sustainable and ethical products at sashasfinefoods.com/collections/sashas-farms.
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