I love excellent food. I love creating it. I love eating it. I love looking at it. I love reading about it. I love searching for it. I love growing it. And I love sharing it with you and your family.

It is safe to say that after my husband and my children food is one of the greatest loves of my life. Like any love affair however we’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve worked it out. I don’t believe there’s ever been a truer statement than “you are what you eat”. Food is so much more than fuel, it can be your greatest ally as you strive for exceptional health or your greatest nemesis.

I first became aware that all food was not created equal when I trained as a chef and I learned about how the quality of my raw ingredients really affected the flavour of my finished dishes. As my journey progressed and I learned more about food production, the quality and source of my food became more important for ensuring my family’s health.

I was always on the look out for excellent produce from excellent sources and I’ve developed a passion for farming and the best farming practices that benefit the environment so I decided to turn that into a business.

It helped that my brother had recently begun chicken farming and had converted a conventional chicken farm into an ethical, humane, truly free range chicken farm where the birds have the best life and food.

Through friends and customers and visiting markets we have found an ever growing group of like minded suppliers who help to ensure that Exceptional Foods is well stocked with the most delicious and exciting products that meet all of our criteria. I’m a firm believer that food needs to be sourced as locally as possible, most of our products are either raised or artisanally processed right here in the Western Cape with the exception of some of the pantry essentials.

My dream for my business and businesses like mine is that we grow an educated customer base who demand quality locally produced food which in turn will change what farmers view as profitable crops and acceptable farming practices.

Your most effective tools for food activism are your wallet and the choices you make about what you eat.

Carol