The farm-to-table movement has made its way into home cooking, where people are preparing meals using more fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Here are some of our favorite organic and healthy food stores around the Twin Cities and Rochester.
How can you go wrong with at a store that features "Green" in its name? Guse's is a family-run shop operating on the belief that people will eat healthy if they can find quality food in a convenient, friendly setting. In a hurry? Grab a made-to-order sandwich or house-made salad from the deli counter. Just to show that they're not too obsessive about healthy, Guse's also stocks an assortment of candy, sodas and comfort food.
The St. Paul Farmers' Market has been providing the finest quality foods to the Twin Cities area for more than 150 years. All produce sold at the market is fresh and sourced directly from a local grower. Other available items include meat, dairy products, and baked goods. The downtown market is open on weekends year-round except for December. Various satellite locations maintain seasonal schedules every day of the week except Monday.
Owners Ann and Yulin Yin got the idea for their neighborhood store when they were living in China and walking to the local market. Nearly every product they carry is sourced from more than 200 farmers and food artisans in Minnesota or the Midwest.
Fresh & Natural is an independent and locally owned full-service grocery store specializing in organic and natural products, including personal care and wellness items. The staff is continuously researching to find the latest offerings in fresh and healthy foods. Visit their website for tasty recipes that include categories like paleo, vegan and vegetarian, and heart-healthy.
PFC is a throwback to the days when in-house butchers cut meat to order, deli and bakery items were made from scratch, and cashiers knew your name. The store is community-owned, so all decisions are made with an understanding of how to best serve local shoppers. Appropriate products are marked "local" if they are sourced within 200 miles of PFC, or "regional" if they come from Minnesota or the neighboring states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois or Iowa.
The newest addition to Rochester's healthy food options just recently opened. Natural Grocers is a family-owned group based in Colorado that began in 1955 when founders Margaret and Philip Isely went door-to-door educating people about nutrition and healthy eating. The store sells only USDA-certified organic produce and will not carry products with artificial ingredients, GMO, rBGH and other nutritionally questionable additives.
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