As far as road trips go, our three-day road trip around the South Island to introduce The Baby Pantry to stockists, received a big thumbs up from both of us! The weather was definitely ‘brass monkey’ stuff, but the greetings we received from stores we visited along the way were warm and welcoming.
Our first stop was The Somerset Grocer in Ashburton. We’d been looking forward to this visit as we had both spent many happy years living and working in this Mid Canterbury community. So nice to catch up with Nicky and Mark Milmine and to be reminded of the fabulous food and awesome goods to be found on The Somerset Grocer’s shelves. We are thrilled to know our baby food is now available in one of our favourite Ashburton stores.
Our next port of call was More2U Whole Foods in Timaru where we were greeted by owner Kelly More. The extraordinary health journey that led Kelly and husband Aaron to establish More2U is truly inspiring. Plans to incorporate an organic wholefoods café into her already superb store can only be described as a dream come true for lovers of tasty, nourishing wholefoods. It is pleasing to know our products are a fitting addition to the store.
Further south in welcoming Invercargill, ComplEat Wellness absolutely took our breath away. This fabulous health shop and wellness centre in Windsor is owned by Naturopath Leisa Cournane. She tells us she likes to keep things simple and believes that food is the first medicine. Leisa encouraged us to do a ‘live video’ and a product tasting of our most popular meals for her customers! We met some lovely people and think our meals will benefit many a southern baby.
A little overnight rest and off we went! Heading west, and totally ignoring the heavy clouds and sleety rain, we met up with Paul O’Hara of Soul Food, Wanaka. (Paul has also just opened a second shop in Queenstown). Soul Food is Wanaka's first and oldest organic store and café and we loved it! A fully stocked Mecca for hungry wholefoods lovers or people looking for healthy alternatives. It’s so good to see our product in Paul’s stores – Wanaka and Queenstown babies are in good hands!
Heading home, the journey was gloriously picturesque with thick snow blanketing the hills around us and a blue, sun-shiny sky to guide us along the way. Ahhh, Roadie, what fabulous memories you’ve given us… can’t wait for the next one!
Robyn & Sharon
The Baby Pantry strives to be totally sustainable but while the packaging we need is not currently available in NZ we're using sanitised clear plastic pottles which are BPA-free, recyclable and reuseable. In the meantime, we've thought of some idea that will keep these pottles out of the waste-cycle for longer. Read more.