“Nourishing Wholefoods” grows into its new name by adding inspiration and nourishment to produce
The Happy Sprout, now expanding into its new name “Nourishing Wholefoods,” knows a few secrets about sprouts. First, it’s difficult to find healthy sprouts in supermarkets due to the long distribution chains. They know that good sprouts need to be home grown. Lenni Semmelink and Shaw Kamada-Laws, who run what is now Nourishing Wholefoods, know that a great deal of nutrition can be lost when people lose touch with their food sources. Food can serve as a connection to other people and to healthier lifestyles.
“We believe eating well is more than just about eating for your health, but also about connecting with others and sharing knowledge, passion and inspiration for life,” the couple stated.
Happy Sprouts began about five and a half years ago, but Shaw has come aboard with new ideas in the past two and a half years, adding passions of fermented foods and bone broths to the business. The couple operates the farm, just 15 minutes from Noosa, runs on the love and support from family and friends, as they have an 18 month old son and another baby on the way.
Because sprouts are uniquely grown indoors, Nourishing Wholefoods is able to use filtered rain water throughout the growing process, and they even soak them in kelp and magnesium for extra nutrition. The sprouts are grown using all organic farming methods and are hung in all natural handmade hemp bags to grow. Even the bags are made by family members.
The couple not only takes care to use organic methods, but they also seek to reduce waste in a number of ways, increasing sustainability. They offer $1 return for all of their jars and bottles, and all customers are encouraged to bring their own containers for a fill up of sprouts. Because they also specialise in fermented foods, they often ferment vegetables to preserve any oversupply, so they have as little waste as possible.
Currently in season for the upcoming Noosa Farmers’ market are snow pea sprouts from their garden and daikon radishes from Steve and Tina at Wonderworld Organics, pickled in kimchi brine. Also in season are, of course, sprouts as always, and honey and comb from their own hive. Throughout the year, they sell fresh sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, red clover, radish, fenugreek, mixed lentils, mung beans, chickpeas), sauerkraut, kimchi, bone broths (bones from local and organic free-range animals from small producers connected to them through the markets), raw and activated granolas, crackers and snacks, and kombucha.
Nourishing Wholefoods are stallholders at Kawana Farmers Market and Noosa Farmers Market. Find them in Noosa this week for a taste of whole foods that are extra nourishing.