So you're searching for organic and local foods in Tallahassee? Fortunately, Tallahassee has a lot of options for organic and local foods. I'll do my best to give you a few ideas of where to begin to stock your kitchen with the healthy foods you are looking for.
The Tallahassee Farmer's Market has been faithfully offering locally grown produce, such as Zucchini, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers and more from local farms for years. Some of the other things you can get there include Goats' milk soaps, flowers, raw honey, and even meats. Every Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm the Market is open at the Market Square Pavilion. Saturday is the biggest day; however, some vendors also come out on Tuesdays from 8am to 5pm as well.
Since 1974, New Leaf Market Co-op has been providing natural and organic foods in the Tallahassee area with a focus on being environmentally and socially responsible. The store is located on Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive. Besides organically grown produce, New Leaf Market is a great place for organic meats, dairy, seafood, and nutritional supplements. There is even a deli and bakery to pick up a quick and healthy meal to eat in or carry-out.
In the Midtown District, Whole Foods is a great place to get natural and organic produce, meats, seafood and everything else. Whole Foods aims to make eating healthy easy by not just offering you the ingredients to make the food yourself but also offering yummy prepared food for when you don't have the time to cook. As you enter the store, there is a coffee bar so you can pick up a great cup of organic coffee or tea while you shop. Your biggest problem may be deciding what to eat with a salad bar, pizza joint, olive bar, taco bar, ethnic foods, and even a cheese bar. All of the ingredients are natural or organic and locally grown where possible.
In the North east section on Thomasville Road, just north of I-10 is Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's is a chain of smaller grocery stores that offers innovative, hard to find foods at lower prices. This can be a great resource to find items on your list that may not be carried anywhere else or are more expensive at other stores.
On the east end of town, on Apalachee Parkway is Earth Fare. Earth Fare is also a natural and organic store that only offers foods that do not have high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, or antibiotics. It is helpful to get on the Earth Fare mailing list and you will get mailed great coupons every month. Earth Fare also has a great salad bar and bakery to pick up a healthy meal when you're in a hurry.
The Publix Grocery stores have multiple locations all over Tallahassee and have Greenwise sections with organic and natural foods. If they don't have a food you're looking for, you can let customer service know and they will try to get it for you.
I know this is by far not a complete list. I know I have left somebody out, but hopefully I have given you a few ideas of where you want to go.