Austin Natural & Organic Grocery Stores
published on January 19, 2013
The presence of grocery stores may seem like a given in any modern city, but the quality of stores and range of products available as natural or organic can vary greatly depending on the company and the quality of the food. Thankfully, Austin neighborhoods are well stocked with specialty grocery stores that carry homegrown products and produce, as well as imported specialty goods from around the world. Renowned natural foods retailer Whole Foods was founded in Austin, and Sprouts and Central Market also are high caliber stores specializing in natural and organic foods.
Central Market, part of the HEB grocery store company, sends their product buyers across the globe to bring back artisan cheeses, thousands of wines, acres of produce, and aisles of food delights. In addition to specialty foods and common grocery store staples, Central Market features community rooms, cooking classes that teach both new and traditional techniques, visits from world famous chefs, live music, playgrounds, salad bars, cafes, al fresco dining areas, and much more at every location.
Sprouts is a neighborhood grocery store with the feel of an old-fashioned farmers market. The shelves are filled with everyday staples and specialty items at a great value, including mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, full-service deli items, and meat and seafood counters. Sprouts also offers fresh baked goods, eclectic beer and wine selections, gourmet cheeses, vitamins and supplements, and thousands of natural, organic and gluten-free groceries. Sprouts has locations in several parts of Austin, with a south location a short drive from homes in Circle C, and a north/central location in easy reach of Austin luxury homes around the Arboretum.
Whole Foods, founded in Austin in 1980, has a sustained reputation for seeking out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry, and keeping a commitment to sustainable agriculture. Buyers for products that make the shelves at Whole Foods evaluate quality in terms of nutrition, freshness, appearance, and taste, and only feature foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. The flagship store, close to the Tarrytown neighborhood, features a walk-in beer cooler, a bakery and seafood counter, a specialty tea and coffee counter, and readymade meal options that range from sushi to sandwiches to wood fired pizza.
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