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Collection: MELBOURNE BUSHFOOD- WINDSOR, VIC

- A FEW WORDS FROM THE MAKER -

We got our start in September 2019 with a social mission to bring native ingredients into as many tummies as we could!

Hayden Marks was 21 at the time with a huge drive to turn his passion for equality and sustainability into a force for change.

People need to eat, and the practises we have in place looked like there could be no alternative. Nature was being mowed down, streams polluted, and animal life being seemingly wiped out. How could a single 21 year old even challenge such an old system?! 

And that's when I uncovered bushfood...

My journey to bushfood

Being young, I had energy on my side. I called farmers all across the country asking if they knew where native ingredients grew. I sent emails to agricultural societies asking where I could find some.

And it was in a small, cramped, health food store in Melbourne's central business district that I found an old, out-of-date bag of Wattleseed.

Trying not to cry at the premium price, I eagerly ripped open the bag inhaling the sweet smell that was so similar to chocolate, coffee, and hazelnuts. Finding bushfood that really reflects the story of each ingredient didn’t happen overnight.

It started with a chance discovery whilst studying, and took a lot of hard work (and a lot of eating) to bring ethical, purposeful, and sustainably sourced native ingredients to your pantry.

Australia's native plants have fed humans for thousands of years. They provide a rich bounty where alien grains and orchards die. Their nutritional content has been shown to be far superior to modern foods, and offer an exceptional culinary experience.

The more I learned, the more I knew how important bushfood was.

HOW WE GOT HERE

Learning first hand from Aboriginal Communities and hearing their stories, I realized there was a big problem in the native food industry. 

Low quality, corporate food manufacturers were preying on consumers by offering a bushfood flavoured product than contained 0.01% of native ingredients - 

How could you even taste that?

It got worse the more I dug. Even the wholesale suppliers of these ingredients stored them for years-on-end due to the seasonality of bushfood, leading to a flavourless, dull, poor quality ingredient.

How could a 21 year old even fight such an industry?!

I decided to form partnerships instead. That's where we found a vast network of Aboriginal Enterprises, Wild Harvesters, and Small Farmers who had the same passion and love for native ingredients I had. 

They have the respect, kindness to Country and drive for an ethical industry, so we started to work together.

Understanding the importance of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, we knew we didn't want a business that's sole focus was on profits. 

We wanted an enterprise that gave back social benefits to the producers we worked with - and that's where the idea for Melbourne Bushfood came from.

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  • Melbourne Bushfood- 80% DAVIDSON PLUM SINGLE ORIGIN DARK CHOCOLATE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- ANISEED MYRTLE SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- BUSH CHAI
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- DAVIDSON PLUM AND RHUBARB JAM
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- GUMBY GUMBY TEA
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- JILUNGIN DREAMING TEA
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- KAKADU PLUM POWDER
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- LEMON MYRTLE SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- LEMON MYRTLE SYRUP
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- LEMON MYRTLE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- MAARR TEA (NATIVE LEMON GRASS)
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- NATIVE CHILLI OIL
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- OLD MAN’S SALTBUSH
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- PEPPERBERRY & STRAWBERRY JAM
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- PEPPERBERRY SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- PEPPERLEAF SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- SALTED MACADAMIA CARAMEL CHOCOLATE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- SALTED MACADAMIA SPREAD
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- STRAWBERRY GUM SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- STRAWBERRY GUM SYRUP
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- WATTLESEED CRUNCH MILK CHOCOLATE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- WATTLESEED SPICE
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  • Melbourne Bushfood- WATTLESEED SYRUP
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