Naturally Good

By Carol Tisch April 1, 2009

Sharecropper?  You don’t have to work the land to be a member of a community-supported agriculture organization like Geraldson’s Community Farm, where for $450 you’ll get a bushel of organic veggies each week during Florida’s 28-week growing season.

Spice Island Even spices go au naturel with 150 choices (all preservative- and additive-free) sold by the ounce, including rare green pod cardamom ($4.29), true Ceylon cinnamon, and Vietnamese cassia (each $3.89). The Spice and Tea Exchange, 345 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1411.

Buy American Shrimp, that is. Fresh Market’s move into Sarasota brings with it a whole new world of affordable gourmet and organic foods, plus a wild-caught American shrimp program with the catch of the day from local waters (market price). Fresh Market, 5251 University Parkway, (941) 355-0417.

Inca Trail The Granary is Sarasota’s go-to store for pure vegan salads, like the newest made from cranberries and quinoa, which the Incas revered as the most protein-laden of grains ($7.99/lb). The Granary, 1930 Stickney Point Road, (941) 924-4754; 1279 Beneva Road, (941) 365-3700

Bull’s-Eye  Who knew SuperTarget is one of the largest certified organic grocers in the U.S. and among the top 10 healthiest? Their Archer Farms brand has everything organic, from produce to carrot juice ($2.99) to pasta sauce ($3.99). SuperTarget, 101 N. Cattlemen Road, (941) 360-7520.

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