Good Bugs

We exist to help empower you to take charge of yours and your family's health.
We have a vision that everyone will be
including a diverse range of probiotic rich foods in
every meal, every day.

Our purpose is to educate and create market awareness for our Zesta  fermented pesto and other new fermented foods we develop, to expand consumer knowledge about the importance of fermented foods.

 Empowering you toward greater health and wellness.

Our mission is to educate about the importance of including raw and alive probiotic rich foods into their everyday living and how to prepare and consume fermented foods from a variety of sources

We are what we eat, and by choosing nutrient dense food you are choosing food that is more functional and contains essential nutrients for optimal health. You are choosing to eat right, feel great, achieve better health physically, mentally and emotionally, by smarter eating.

Unfortunately in today’s society what we are seeing a trend in production models that foster quantity over the nutritional quality of our food; this is the largest contributor to modern day health problems.

Our society, are experiencing more and more health problems because of the way we are commercially growing food (plants and animals).  Our food does not contain the essential nutrition that the cells of our body need to function at it’s best.

We want to use our knowledge, experience and passion to empower society to know how to eat, prepare and grow their own nutrient dense food, in their own dining room, kitchen and backyard.


 Who is GoodBugs?
Marea Verry is the main face of GoodBugs, and a self styled health advocate. Marea have been interested in fermentation and nutrient dense food for the last 20 years.

 Together, Marea and husband, Daniel, raise four amazing kids, aged 4-11, who attend their local kura, two of whom are in the total immersion Rumaki. Marea and Daniel maintain a 60 m2 organic permaculture, urban garden modeled on the Koanga Institute method. They currently have 4 hens.

 In Marea's spare time she loves to get involved with the school's gardening club; she teaches and maintains a local holistic community through the Hamilton Weston A. Price Foundation.  

After teaching a class about making pesto from all the wild and wonderful herbs and greens found in the garden, Marea experimented with fermenting pesto and it became a firm favourite because of it superior taste, shelf life and nutritional properties.

Marea saw potential in producing fermented pesto commercially and being the market leader.  GoodBugs started along with two friends; Ellen, who has a lifelong love and passion for great food, especially fermented food and Shannon, a small scale market gardener. Things have changed a bit since then, Marea and Daniel decided to take the plunge and take full responsibility for GoodBugs which is now established in a commercial kitchen in their former garage in Forest Lake (Hamilton). GoodBugs has extended the range to now include Zesta, six sauerkrauts, two kimchi, one pickled vege and Hot dogs! Watch this space, as Marea has another couple of things in development...

GoodBugs began trading at the Hamilton Farmers' Market but are now available online and in selected local specialty stores and cafes.

 This may have been the first time you have heard about Zesta - Fermented Pesto, but it won't be your last! GoodBugs are leading the way, bringing new and innovative fermented products to market.