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Zero Waste Market – all the flavour with none of the packaging

Words by Amanda Kennedy

Mount Zero Olives’ Zero Waste Warehouse Market is no longer an insider’s hot tip. Open to all, the popular one-day event is the ideal opportunity to stock up on all those tasty treats for your pantry. All you need to do is bring along your own bags, bottles, containers and jars.

If you’ve ever wondered the impact of re-using your own containers then picture this – organisers believe the event saves an estimated 1000 glass olive oil bottles while diverting packaging from more than 300kg of olives and grains each time they throw the warehouse doors open.

Mount Zero Olives began as a family-owned olive grove on the edge of the Grampians National Park three hours west of Melbourne. A drive to share their quality product further afield led them to expand their range beyond olives and oils.

This zero waste market is just one of the ways in which they walk their talk. Another can be seen in their partnership with traditional Wimmera region land owners, the Barengi Gadjin Land Council.

Choose from Mount Zero’s core range of products including olives, extra virgin olive oils, grains, pulses and salts as well as the hyper-local Sunshine Honey, harvested from hives behind the warehouse. Oh, and don’t skimp on the ultimate martini accessory for this summer, Gordal olives. You can thank us later!

Friends of Mount Zero will also be in attendance offering their package-free produce. Get in early to snap up traditionally Japanese fermented products from Koji & Co. Saeko Iida, originally from Yokohama, Japan, founded Koji & Co in 2019 to bring her range of miso and shio koji to growing a cohort of fans. These carefully crafted fermented foods support gut health and the body’s immune system while bringing bonus flavour to your cooking.

Another hot ticket is always the 2-litre bulk buckets of goat cheese from Meredith Dairy. Generally reserved for catering, these buckets will bring you weeks of joy as the irresistibly silky cheese graces your salads, sandwiches and more. A fridge without Meredith Dairy marinated goat cheese is a sad fridge indeed.

Naturally, current health guidelines will be in place for stallholders and guests to ensure a Covid-safe event.


WHAT: Mount Zero Olives’ Zero Waste Warehouse Market
WHEN: Saturday 29 January 9am – 2pm,
WHERE: 6 Law Crt, Sunshine West
MORE INFO: Mount Zero Olives

We wish to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.
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