Eating natural—it’s better for you and now, thanks to several local markets, is easy as organic pie.
When regulars walk into Harvest Market, they go straight for the bulk grains and flours and nuts, the fresh local meats and poultry. “They know you’re never going to reach the peak of optimal health if you’re eating processed food,” owner Bob Kleszics says. “That’s why we encourage people to eat from scratch, so they’re controlling everything that goes into their bodies.”
That means no side effects that pesticides, preservatives and chemicals might induce. Whether you’re looking for seten, spelt or tofu, or foods from popular natural-organic brands, these markets can sell you the goods and teach you how to prepare them.
The bakery and juice bar at Francine’s (6949 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 239-3737) are worth the trip, but the shop also has organic produce from local farms, meals to-go and cooking classes.
With one of the largest selections at the beach, Garden Market (14 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach, 645-8052) offers herbal teas, healthy snacks, drinks and organic groceries.
Just-picked organic fruits and berries are a specialty at Good Earth Market (RR2, Clarkesville, 537-7100), which also sells organic products, coffees, teas, and even natural beauty products and earth-friendly cleaning supplies.
The staff is passionate and knowledgeable at Good For You Natural Market (28841 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes, 684-8330), a one-stop natural and organic shop.
At Good News Natural Foods (739 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 730-1910), wheat-free and gluten-free products, fresh-dried herbs and spices, protein drinks and bars reign supreme.
Harvest Market Natural Food (7417 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, 234-6779) employs a registered nurse for free consultations. It stocks an abundance of organic, local and natural products.
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Owner Mona Tigani is the reason customers are loyal to Mona’s Health Foods (1802 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 475-5185). Tigani has dished knowledge and care along with grains, organic foods and gluten-free products for 22 years.
With its outreach programs, membership benefits and philosophy of sustainability, Newark Natural Foods Co-Op (280 E. Main St., Newark, 368-5894) is a paragon of healthy living. The store offers organic fruits and veggies, free-range meats and eggs, and gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan alternatives.
Stop into Open Cupboard Natural Food (202 High St., Seaford, 629-6147) on the third day and the third Sunday of every month for 20 percent off anything in stock. That includes all-natural prepared foods, vitamins, supplements and 150 teas.
Rainbow Earth Foods (220 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3177) specializes in wheat-free, gluten-free, and low-carb products, but it also carries vitamins, herbs, organic meats and produce, and sports nutrition products.
Sharon’s Natural Gardens (8887 Blackbird Road, Delmar, 846-2571) offers natural produce, eggs, herbs and flowers from the owners’ garden.
Trader Joe’s (5605 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8494) is still the best place to find frozen enchiladas, natural lip balm, and a host of natural, organic and gourmet items.
Wholesome Habits (33012 Coastal Hwy., Bethany Beach, 537-0567) offers dietary supplements, homeopathic products and prepared natural meals. It also fills special orders.