New South Australian company Eating Kindly is serving up plant-based cheeses at local farmers markets, and people are going nuts for them!
The company, first run out of Brighton and recently relocated to Unley, has a range of nut-based cheeses––including feta, camembert, blue cheeses, parmesan, hickory-smoked cheeses and more––as well as hot foods and sweets.
From their market stall, Eating Kindly serves ready-cooked heat and eat meals such as cashew and mushroom “sausage” rolls, arancini balls, gluten-free lasagna with spinach “ricotta” sauce, burgers, and more. For sweets, they have vegan and gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate dates, lemon bliss balls, banana bread, salted caramel fudge, and more.
Eating Kindly has previously been stationed at markets in Brighton and Fullarton, and they’ve now taken up a regular residence at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market in Wayville.
All of the cheeses and takeaway meals are handmade by company founder Kay Douglas. From the peanut butter to roquefort to the lasagna, the business owner makes all of the vegan eats herself.
A vegetarian of 30 years and vegan of nearly three, Douglas decided to start her food business when her partner (and now business helper) David Williamson went plant-based for health reasons.
“He was the last person who would ever go vegan,” she says.
“But when he decided to try it, the thing he missed most was cheese.”
When Douglas and Williamson couldn’t find many nut-based cheeses they loved on the market, Douglas started making them herself, and the business has blossomed since. She says that while vegan cheese gets a bad reputation, Eating Kindly’s offerings are often confused for dairy products. She thinks this is because she swaps out fatty additives for more healthy alternatives.
“I think the secret is keeping it simple,” she says.
“There’s only three or four high quality ingredients in each cheese, so they’re really pure.”
Be sure to look out for Eating Kindly at the next Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market and at other markets near you.