The Gap LOCO: Here’s Where to Go for Affordable, Certified Organic Produce

This social enterprise in The Gap has supplied affordable, certified organic produce and groceries for the past ten years, a decade-long commitment that has earned the support and admiration of the community it serves.

“Organic food is Good for you, the farmers and the planet.” – The Gap LOCO

“The Gap LOCO provides only certified organic food unlike other suppliers who use terms like “spray free”. Without certification, you have no certainty that the food you are buying is really organic and grown on soil that is tested for residues.  Support farmers who are willing to be inspected by independent bodies,” co-founder Michelle Peile said.

Founders Colin and Michelle Peile were running a small organic buying group since 2004. Building on the buying group and in consultation with their customers, the pair developed a new style of business that is based on cooperation and a concern for the community and the environment. Aware of the prevalence of ‘organic’ products and the shortage of affordable and ‘certified’ ones in the market, The Gap LOCO concept.

The Gap LOCO: affordable certified organic produce and groceries
The Gap LOCO: affordable certified organic produce and groceries | Photo credit: Facebook / The Gap Local Organic Co-Op

Shortly thereafter, the buying group began recruiting workers in the co-op and other people who would eventually serve as the support group to help in the development and implementation of the business concept.

And so in January 2013, the new co-op started with Deb Leigh, Colln, Michelle, Kate Donnely and Monique Filet as workers. Camille joined them in 2014.

Months later, they became a formally registered worker cooperative with the Queensland  Department of Fair Trading. In 2014, the co-op found a home in the SOWN Environment Centre Sheda shed at Yoorala Street but had to move out after four years following SWON relinquishing their lease on the BCC-owned property. The Gap LOCO relocated to its new home and has been there since. 

The whole LOCO team
The whole LOCO team | Photo credit: Facebook / The Gap Local Organic Co-Op

Currently, The Gap LOCO is run by seven part-time workers: Cille, Colin, James, Kerry, Leslie, Michelle and Tallulah.

One thing has been unchanged through the years: their commitment to providing certified organic produce and groceries. That means regular soils test and inspections by certifying bodies to make sure that their produce and products are up to organic practices standards.

The Gap LOCO also offers home delivery services and has a pop-up shop on Mondays in an Oakleigh Scouts shed between 13 and 17 High Street in Ashgrove. 

Their delivery service is available in Ashgrove, Bardon, Enoggerra, Ferny Grove, Ferny Hills, Keperra, Kelvin Grove, Gaythorne, Mitchelton, Red Hill, Paddington, Milton,  The Gap and Toowong.

For orders, email them at or visit their website.

The Gap LOCO Closes Yoorala St Location, Home Deliveries Still A Go

The GAP LOCO (Local Organic Co-Operative) Shop has long been a beloved co-op providing organic food and spreading awareness on personal, community and environmental health.

Located between Yoorala Street Community Garden and the Balaangala Garden Space, at the SOWN Environment Centre Shed, the shop has finally closed its doors.

The shop’s announcement of leaving their building came in April of this year. Their last trading took place on 18 June. Locals expressed their sadness upon hearing the news and extended support in finding potential areas where the shop can relocate.

Despite this sad news, it seems like it’s not for good. The shop is hopeful of finding a new location where they can set up their place again. The Yoorala St location is now being leased by a The Gap/Ashgrove Men’s Shed.

Monday Deliveries

Despite the location closure, the shop continues to be a part of the local community with their home deliveries taking place every Mondays.

The Gap LOCO is a community initiative that consists of seven part-time workers. It was established in 2012 and they aim to create an ethical and environmentally sustainable business that can survive financially and help other cooperatives to develop as well.

If you want to order from them, you can click here.