Good food requires the finest ingredients. That’s the ethos of Toorak’s very own kitchen and grocery, Yardmill. With cabinets bursting with a selection of raw, sugar-free, dairy-free, fructose-free and gluten-free products, it’s the spot for everyone to shop for their daily fill of goodness.
Founder and Director, Tracey Sisson, knew there was a gap in the market for grocery stores that catered to those with intolerances. Hanging up her suit and leaving behind a career as a corporate lawyer, Tracey was inspired by chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, and the food landscape in New York and downtown LA. She set out to bring premium food products to those who can’t cook, choose not to or are simply time-poor.
Yardmill is flooded with warm hues and light that shines on the hand-crafted tiled walls. The small yet beautiful space has wooden tables crafted from Australian Black butt and cabinets lined with rich red terracotta.
The name was inspired by the produce to platter philosophy. The ‘yard’ reflects the way they source their raw produce direct from farmers, including fruit and veggies coming from Spade and Barrow. All suppliers are hand-picked because of their careful animal husbandry and sustainable farming practices. The ‘mill’ represents the kitchen, where everything is lovingly made from scratch.
‘She set out to bring premium food products to those who can’t cook, choose not to or are simply time-poor.’
It’s this dedication to quality that allows Yardmill to create such nourishing food that keeps people scurrying back. Rushing for the train and no time for breakfast? Stop in and pick up the carrot cake bircher muesli or a pumpkin and sage fritter. Forgot your lunch? Grab a gluten–free pizza base topped with pesto, tomato and buffalo mozzarella, or a lemon, garlic and rosemary free–range chicken accompanied by parmesan polenta chips and roasted mixed potatoes.
Beat the afternoon slug with a puffed quinoa, fig and acai bar or raw salted caramel slice. For dessert, pick up a baked ricotta cheesecake, an indulgent lemon meringue pie or a raw vegan chocolate ‘cheezecake’. All are designed to suit different dietary needs, and they are all equally delicious.
While you’re there, it’s worth trying the range of cold-pressed juices, from the Derby Pool with lemon, pineapple, ginger and apple, to the Sickle, with beetroot, carrot, apple, ginger and celery. There’s also a huge range of smoothies, such as the Baler with banana, mango, strawberries, yoghurt, water, maca, coconut oil and chia seeds.
As well as in-store goodies, there is also an online ordering and delivery service, with a huge selection of flavourful ready-made meals, tailored food and beverage wellness plans, kitchen essentials, baked goods, and beverages to keep you going throughout the busy working week.
The philosophy at Yardmill is all about balance, making it the perfect destination for those watching waistlines and those after a sneaky, well-deserved treat. With such a huge range of delicious dishes on display, it’s impossible to walk out without a bag in hand.