In New York City, most people think Manhattan, when they think Organic. But the outer buroughs have some great organic places too. And it’s a shame that they get no love when it comes to groceries. The other unfortunate thing, is that when people think organic, they immediately think whole foods. Don’t get me wrong, whole foods is amazing, and their lunches are fantastic, but it’s good to help support the little guys too. Below is a list of three great organic food stores in Queens, that though small, provide great service.
39-86 61st St, Woodside, NY. Mon-Fri: 7am-10pm, Sat: 8am-9pm, Sun: 9am-8pm. (718) 478-8880.
I have to go with Veggie Monster first, since they happen to be the organic market that is literally two blocks away from me. I love this market. Not only are the owners really sweet, they give away free chocolates on special occasions, but they always have really healthy looking fruit out. It’s hard to find a good fruit stand in the city sometimes. What with the humid summers we always have, fruit usually ends up being gross. But this fruit stand always has the best, and most likely because they always have such a huge turn around (they are always rather busy). The only downside of this great market is that they are rather small. I wish they could have a larger storefront.
Queens Health Emporium:
5901 Horace Harding Expwy, Flushing, NY. Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-6pm. (718) 358-6500.
Queens Health Emporium is located in Flushing. Their storefront is great and rather large (they aren’t kidding when they say emporium). So you can find a TON of stuff here, and all of it really fresh, and really… well healthy (they weren’t kidding about that either). The other great thing about them, is their website, where they have little news bits and specials, and weekly events listed. They are definitely a must try.
Fresh Start Organic:
29-13 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY. Mon-Fri: 8am-9pm, Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 11am-7pm. (718) 204-7868.
Fresh Start Organic Market is located in Astoria. A hop skip and jump away from Manhattan, many Hattanites (as I like to call them) are known to come here for their great selection and low prices. Their website is also fantastic (run by the same design site as Queens Health Emporium) and it provides users with specials, and the ability for online ordering (pick up only).
And those are just three of the great organic, locally run, markets in Queens. In fact, a block away from Veggie Monster is another great organic place (that doesn’t have a website unfortunately) that is rather large and almost has everything (except a selection of organic meats). In reality, Manhattan is no longer the only place to find organic goods. The only thing one could wish now is that organic products be a little cheaper. If they were, more people would purchase and the world could be a healthier, more natural place.