Nowadays organic food is an option to some people but it turns out to be the most preferred choice amongst parents who have just started solid on their babies.
Despite studies show there are no significant value in term of nutrients between conventional farming and organic farming, most people still go for organic produce to avoid synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides. Especially in feeding babies, their physiology is not ready to take up the risk from notorious chemicals. Nonetheless, not all produce from conventional farming are polluted. Avocados for instance are are less likely to get tainted by its nature compares to apples or grapes. To make things easier in life, some parents tend to go organic for their kid’s menu.
Despite of increasing popularity on organic produce/food, locating organic food center is not a breeze as marketing/publicity is not rampant in Malaysia or precisely in Penang. Furthermore, most organic markets are individually owned by small entrepreneurs thus cost of advertising is kept minimal.
After keeping my eyes wide open and ears long enough, I finally found 3 1/2 decent options in the south eastern zone of Penang island whenever I am looking for organic stuff.
So, this week mywisewife is taking you to tour a few organic markets (listed by alphabetical order) in Bukit Jambul and Bayan Baru area.
1. Food Market at Jusco – Queensbay Mall
Lower Ground QB Mall
Vegetables/fruits, kid/baby food, pasta/noodle/rice, eggs
Business hours: 10am through 10pm Open daily
2. IE Organic & Healthy Food Center – branch from Pulau Tikus IE Organic Shop.
1-19 & 3-19 DPiazza Mall
Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6452079
Mon-Fri 11am through 8pm, Sat 10:30 am through 7pm, Closed Sunday
Plenty of fresh vegetables/fruits, frozen organic chicken, baby/kid food, household items
3. Organic Farmer Choice (near Vistana Hotel)
215-1-10 Jalan Bukit Gambir
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +60 4 6461008
Mon-Sat 10am through 7pm, Closed Sunday
Fresh local produce arrive on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Imported
vegetables/fruits arrive on Tuesday
4. Tesco Extra
Jalan Sg Dua, near USM campus
A small section of the vegetables aisle offer a tiny range of natural produce by local farmer.
Business hours: 8am through 11:59pm, Open daily