Natural Market Organic Foods LIC

Posted on August 26, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, LIC, Specialty Food Markets |

There are a handful of organic markets in the LIC and Astoria area, but this one is a true gem. I stumbled upon this market via a bike trip through the neighborhood and have then since returned.  Natural Market’s (46-03 Broadway 718-274-1591) inventory includes great finds that would otherwise require a trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joes. There is a large selection of gluten-free products such as cake, pancake, and cookie mixes and breads. There is also a variety of dried quinoa, cous cous, polenta and rice- great for vegetarians. For those who enjoy coffee but can’t stomach the acidity or caffeine- they have Cafix- an instant coffee substitute made with chicory root, beet, and barley- a popular drink in N’Orleans country. There is also an array of teas from Yogi to Celestial Seasonings and other brands. This place stands out from the rest for its large selection of groceries, fresh vegetables and fruits, home made deli sandwiches, salad bar, frozen goods (ie burger alt., meals, gelato, soy ice-creams), and organic juice bar. There are peanut-butter alternatives, like almond butter and an entire aisle dedicated to organic cereal. You can enjoy a seat and eat a hearty sandwich inside the store at one of the three tables. Prices range from cheap- $2.75 for a sandwich to more expensive $10 organic bottled juices, depending on the item. They also carry a plethora of Seventh Generation home/cleaning products, JASON beauty items, herbs and natural health supplements. This is a great addition to the neighborhood if you’re looking for variety and an alternative to other area grocers.

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I stopped in once recently and was displeased with the advertising. Make sure before you order that you ask what is organic and whats not, even with the “organic juice bar”- for people who really believe in this lifestyle be weary FALSE ADVERTISING

I think this place has a lot of charm next to some of the other dives surrounding it. The owner is friendly, always there, and fit. He seems to genuinely care about health and wellness and not just about the money coming in. There is more seating now and always a few people eating when you walk in. It seems to be popular but not overcrowded.

I agree it’s a good addition to the hood, but I think this place is kind of crap. The whole organic/health/local/green/gourmet revolution that’s been bubbling for decades is finally mainstream — and it’s a mixed blessing. Now there are tons more options/availability. But popularity has also watered down some of the principles/quality involved (e.g. “organic” lettuce from a giant factory farm in CA shipped to NYC). Natural Market feels like it’s run by people who have little depth of knowledge/belief in these ethics/principles. Something about it strikes me as mere ca$hing in.


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