Good health is something to be treasured, and developing healthy eating habits is a big part of that. There have been several new natural and organic markets opening up in Tulsa to meet the needs of health-minded consumers. The more access you have to affordable organic meat and produce, the easier it is to provide healthy meals for yourself and your family. Here are some organic markets and natural food co-ops in the Tulsa area to check out.
Anner's Pantry is a natural food co-op in Tulsa. Co-ops and farmer's markets are great places to pick up fresh produce, meats, baked goods and items for your pantry. Anner’s is happy to help customers with any nutritional advice, and you can find healthy recipes on the website. They also offer “Market Bags,” with contents that change weekly. You can choose between a vegetable bag, meat bag (that also includes cheese and eggs) or juicing bag (filled with veggies and fruits that are great for making juice). Just email your market bag order to the store and pick the bags up from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The Tulsa Farmers’ Market Association operates markets in two different locations in Tulsa, Cherry Street and Brookside. The Cherry Street location is open on Saturday mornings and the Brookside location is open on Wednesday mornings. Both offer locally grown produce, meats, dairy and baked goods from Oklahoma family farms. Although the Cherry street location only runs through October, the Brookside location switches to every other Saturday from November through March, so you can buy fresh produce all year long. Check out their flyer for dates, times and locations.
Sprouts is a growing natural food store chain with several locations in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. They carry only the freshest organic products at affordable prices. The company philosophy is that everyone should have access to organic foods. On the outside, they look like any other grocery store in the city, but the real difference is in the quality of the food. The meat is grass-fed or farm-raised in a humane environment, the produce is locally grown, and everything in the store is chemical- and additive-free.
Whole Foods is another company that has strict standards when it comes to the quality of produce, meat and dairy that they buy from the local farmers. Their mission is to educate the public about the health benefits of eating organic food and they offer tips and recipes for making healthy meals. They also don’t carry products with additives, artificial colors or MSG.
If you know of other organic markets besides the ones mentioned, please tell us about them in the comment section. Which ones are your favorites and why?