From well-known online shops to smaller farm-based shops, where you can have healthy ingredients delivered to your table, straight from nature
By Hye Won Kim|
With its practical daily selections and limited-time sales, this startup has quickly grown in just the past few years. Each agricultural product is named after its producer and farm's location, making it easier for consumers to be informed as to where their produce is coming from and who harvested it. With about 1,000 farms in its network, Hello Nature has a wide array of products that aren't usually available at large grocery chains. You can also place orders via their mobile app. hellonature.net.
Manna Box grows about 40 kinds of vegetables, including salad greens and herbs, using a hydroponic system. By purchasing their weekly program, customers receive seven to eight items once a week or every two weeks depending on their preference. They guarantee the quality of their produce, as everything is harvested, packaged and delivered on the same day. Variety Boxes (22,000 won), which contain a variety of vegetables and fruits, are also available. mannabox.co.kr.
This is a small farm in Nonsan operated by a young married couple who moved here three years ago from Seoul. By purchasing the bi-weekly program, customers receive a package of their pesticide-free produce. Reserving this popular package is only available during the spring, while their other special packages are available at the harvesting time of certain vegetables. facebook.com/flowerraining2013.
This family farm brand in Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do has many steady sellers, such as date cherry tomatoes, beets and aster fruits. Since their products are only available when in season, freshness is guaranteed. Insider’s tip: Their delicious organic beets (30,000 won/5kg) are in stock right now. nevertheless.modoo.at.
Influenced by his father who has been working as a beekeeper for 30 years, owner Won Gangho established this one-ofa-kind honey. Following the bees, Won and his team travel between Samgaksan in the mountains of Seongbuk-gu and Myeongseongsan in Cheolwongun, Gangwon-do. Collected from wild cherry trees, wild pear trees and chestnut trees, their honeys are distinct in flavor. ggulgundal.com.
Pond snails instead of pesticides are used to cultivate every type of rice sold at owner Park Minjae’s organic rice shop. This eco-friendly brand is definitely trustworthy as it was started with the purpose of growing a healthier version of this food staple for the owner's family. At their online shop, you can buy white rice, brown rice, black rice and powered rice (to make baby food). A 10kg-bag of organic white rice costs 42,000 won. minjrice.com.
This craft sea salt brand has been making their product available via their online shop and at Marche@ Farmers’ Market since 2013. These three generations of salt farmers harvest natural mineral salt at their salt farm in Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do. They have a variety of sea salts, including aged salts, mud flat salts and herbal salts made with sea vegetables. Grammo Kitchen in Yeonnam-dong is known to incorporate Saltdanji’s aged salt in its dishes. You can place an order via phone, Kakaotalk and Facebook. saltdanji.com.