Hagen’s Organic Butcher
The Hagen's mission to provide you with a healthier, more environmentally friendly way of eating, has been met
Chances are you’re reading this because you love your meat and you care about where it has come from.
This same love and passion you might exhibit is what drove Sue and Royce Hagen to establish one of Melbourne’s first organic butcheries in Melbourne in 1999.
“After being in the organic fruit and veg industry on and off from 1988 they saw an opportunity to provide people with organic and biodynamic meat,” says Oliver Hagen of his parent’s journey.
Hagen continues on to tell us, “from there things just progressed, we established a store in the Queen Victoria Market and before we knew it we’d given up the fruit and veg and concentrated solely on meat. Our main desire has always been to provide a healthier, more environmentally friendly way of eating.”
With their rich history in the organic scene, having been involved for over two decades, the Hagen’s have seen a noticeable shift in shoppers choosing organic meat. Hagen explains how they’ve watched this trend move.
“We have noticed more people are becoming aware of the benefits of organics, and this understanding has been increasing at a faster rate in just the last five years. We have found that there are a number of different reasons why people are switching to just organic meat. These range from the treatment of the animals, the reduced environmental impact and also the potential health benefits from avoiding certain chemicals. The great thing for us to see is that people from all walks of life are starting to embrace organics as a more sustainable way for the future.”
Shoppers at their Prahran Market and Queen Victoria Market stores love to buy from their range of gluten free sausages, ham (whilst not organic, Hagen tells us shoppers still love it!) and more recently certified organic wagyu.
At the minute, the Hagen’s love their pork belly and have a fantastic recipe on their Facebook page of a Balinese style ‘Bubi Guling’.
And here's the cincher of our chat with Hagen. When we asked for their ‘most nourishing tip’ for you all it was, “don’t be scared of fat!”
Hagen adds, “remember, we’ve been eating it for millions of years it’s the processed fats and sugars people need to worry about.” We couldn't agree more.
With the array of fantastic coffee that Melbourne has to offer, Hagen had a hard time pinpointing his one favourite but goes on to tell us his top three, which, “all have great coffee."
“Jaspers Coffee, Market Lane and Seven Seeds,” are Hagen’s top Melbourne coffee picks.
Words by Natasha Mason
Queen Vic Market, Shop 16, Meat Arcade
513 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9329 5534
Prahran Market, Shop 509
163 Commercial Road
South Yarra VIC 3181
(03) 9827 1899