Current Issue #488

Toast the Locals
helps you shop SA’s best without leaving the couch

There has never been a more compelling time to investigate online marketplaces. The restrictions on visiting boutique shops and markets due to coronavirus have inspired even those who had not, as yet, adopted this more convenient form of shopping to investigate.

Toast The Locals, a national online food and beverage marketplace that launched out of Adelaide in February 2019, is seeing a growing demand for its unique service.

Founder Angela Leske describes the site as a ‘one stop shop’ for a growing range of quality food and beverages, including alcohol, all made by small and artisanal producers.

“Each producer on Toast The Locals has their own online ‘shop’ where they can list their products for sale and tell their unique stories,” Leske explains.

Kytons Bakery

SA’s Kytons use the best ingredients, traditional recipes and great care to bake products that delight. Our products are all about the special moments in life – special moments remembered forever.
Make life special!

Top Note Wines

Small batch wines from the best of our Adelaide Hills vineyard including our rare Red Semillon. Wines that sing.

“Most of the 65 small businesses who have already set up shop on Toast The locals are from around SA with many from country areas, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Murraylands, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu and the South East as well as the Adelaide Metro,” says Leske, noting that the emphasis on South Australian brands reflects the provenance of the company but doesn’t mean consumers won’t find brands from outside of the state on the site as well.

Wild Game Wine

Exceptional wines including; Sparkling Pinot Gris, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from biologically farmed vineyards in Coonawarra and the greater Limestone Coast.

Woodside Cheese Wrights

Based in the Adelaide Hills our cheeses are produced using the finest quality local milk, all made by hand we offer a considered selection of traditional and Native Australian cheeses. Photo by Duy Dash.

The site uses a ‘direct-ship’ model, meaning that shoppers purchase products directly from producers via Toast The Locals marketplace. Each producer receives the order and ships it directly to the customer’s door, cutting out double handling and keeping costs to a minimum for both the producers and the customers.

“Toast The Locals operates on a profit-sharing model, directing the majority of all proceeds made back to the businesses who make the products, ensuring they get more money back into their pockets than they would from a traditional wholesale/retail model,” Leske says.

Brewed By Belinda

Brewed By Belinda is an award-winning boutique artisan tea company based in Alberton SA creating organic hand blended loose-leaf tea blends + herbal tisanes. 

La Linea

Based in the Adelaide Hills, we specialise in rosé and red wine from the ‘unexplored’ (they ain’t ‘new’!!) traditional Spanish varieties of Tempranillo and Mencia.

One advantage of the Toast The Locals site is that shoppers can buy from more than one producer in a single transaction. “You can buy cheese from Woodside Cheese Wrights, Wines from La Linea and Barley Stacks, infused olive oils and traditional Italian biscotti from Back to Basics Traditions, and delicious ready-to-eat foods from Let Them Eat, all in one shopping purchase, saving not only money but time as well.”

Ambleside Distillers

While always keeping respectful to the traditional art form of distilling, we as craftsmen challenge the conventional distilling mindset and focus on attention to detail through our range of spirits. 

Let Them Eat

Let Them Eat are whole foods made with a difference. Choc-full of wholesome goodness that you won’t even realise until you’ve eaten every delicious bite.

With more than 400 products and many well-known brands, there is a wide range of home cooking, pantry staples and cellar stockers on Toast The Locals. “It’s like going to the supermarket, or really a boutique shopping precinct, but online. You can shop for your wines and spirits as well as for food,” explains Leske.

Silver Bark Brewery

Award winning beers, hand crafted in our family owned and operated brewery in Mount Barker from locally grown ingredients and a passion for great beer.

Barley Stacks Wines

Barley Stacks Wines produces unique, award winning wines ranging from white, red and sparkling wines with all grapes grown on the Yorke Peninsula.

During the COVID-19 crisis, with so many small food and beverage companies losing all of their face to face business, Toast The Locals is providing an alternative, especially for those small producers who do not have an e-commerce retail presence.

Woodlane Orchard

Woodlane Orchard, based In Mypolonga, creates gluten and preservative free, vegetarian tasty dried soups, meals, citrus and fruits made with produce sourced from local farmers.

Port Willunga Fine Foods

Port Willunga fine foods create South Australian hand crafted gourmet products using local & native fruits & nuts to produce unique and authentic flavours.

“We have been working closely with these businesses to help them adapt to new ways of reaching consumers,” says Leske. “We have expanded our online shop to accommodate businesses with fresh and frozen products, and those with ‘ready to eat’ products who can offer home or office delivery.

Grounded Cru

Hand-crafting highly awarded small batch wines of great character, elegance and balance from our superb vineyards in McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek.

Naked Blendz

Naked Blendz is Adelaide-owned and operated. We produce fun and healthy Real Food Smoothies; quick and easy-to-make with no mess, no fuss and no wastage.

Naked Blendz Smoothies can now be bought on Toast The Locals and delivered, frozen, across Adelaide. Let Them Eat has set up a shop on Toast The Locals to deliver vegetarian and vegan products and a farm from the South East is gearing up to take orders through Toast The Locals for home delivery of pasture-raised chickens and eggs to Adelaide twice a week.

Peninsula Providore Farm

Peninsula Providore Farm is a family owned and operated artisan Extra Virgin Olive Oil producer from Currency Creek on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.

XO Wine Co

XO Wine Co is a small family run winery producing high quality premium small batch wines from the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.

“As a nimble start-up, we can change and adapt our online marketplace to accommodate the needs of small local producers, as well as customers who are desperate to find quality foods and beverages to feed themselves and their families.”

Purple Hand Wines

Purple Hands a Southern Barossa boutique wine label with some interesting blends and alternate varieties awarded best small producer at the 2019 Barossa Wine Show.

Back 2 Basics Traditions

Back 2 Basics Traditions is an Adelaide artisan food initiative producing Italian biscotti, crackers, torrone, broad bean chips, vino cotto & olive oils based on traditional recipes.

Leske is planning to rapidly evolve Toast The Local’s unique position as the online connection between so many small Australian producers and Australian homes. The company is set to announce more food and beverage delivery options across Adelaide shortly.

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Barossa Valley Cheese company produces a range of artisan cheese made from cow and goat milk sourced locally to produce cheese that is authentically regional.

“When people shop on Toast The Locals, they are shopping directly with each producer. We believe there is a win-win in supporting local. Shoppers get great local produce delivered to their doors and in turn they are helping to support local businesses.”

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