WHEN IT comes to organic and natural food shopping in Savannah, it’s a good news/meh news situation.
The “meh” news is that there’s no single, centralized place, like Trader Joe’s, where you can stock up on healthy, affordable food all in one stop. The good news is that there are still plenty of great finds at low prices... it just might take a little more planning in advance.
In other good news, we’ve created a Grocery Go-To List comparing the competition in order to help you save time and get the most for your money.
Overview: The Downtown location is the closest, most convenient store for SCAD students and has the best hours (7am to midnight). The quality and availability of its stock can sometimes be inconsistent. When favorites sell out, it can take weeks for inventory to be replaced.
Competitive Edge: Kroger’s Simple Organic brand has the widest variety of organic food at the lowest prices of any other store in town.
Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach
Simple Truth Organic Baby Carrots
Simple Organic Chicken and Vegetable Stock
Simple Truth Natural Cage Free Grain Fed Eggs
Simple Truth Organic Potatoes (3 lb bag)
Simple Truth Organic Grape Tomatoes
Simple Truth In Advertising (Not!): At just $3.79 per gallon, the Simple Truth Organic Whole Milk is priced significantly lower than any of its competitors. Take a look at the label and you’ll discover the reason why—both whole milk and skim milk are listed as ingredients.
Overview: A larger, happier version of Kroger, offering competitive prices on popular brands that appeal to the mainstream. Employee morale and customer service are higher than average.
Competitive Edge: A superior shopping experience to Kroger, in terms of quality and consistency of its stock.
Greenwise Hormone and Antibiotic Free Beef
Greenwise Hormone and Antibiotic Free Chicken
Greenwise Hormone and Antibiotic Free Pork
Greenwise Hormone and Antibiotic Free Turkey
Greenwise Veggie Breakfast Patties
Honorable Mentions: Publix Brand sliced cheese comes in a wide variety of flavors, in 8 packages, compared to the 6 oz. Kroger brand. Also, you can find the lowest priced smoked salmon in town and Temptee New York Style whipped cream cheese.
Word to the (Green)wise: Prices on their Greenwise brand of salads, fruits and vegetables tend to run higher than Kroger and can sometimes be more expensive than Whole Food’s 365 line.
Brighter Day Natural Foods
Overview: Creating Healthy Business Since 1978, Brighter Day Natural Foods is the godmother of Savannah’s healthy food movement and a cornerstone of our community. Be sure to keep an eye out for their sales circular in Connect Savannah and check out www.brighterdayfoods.com for additional Health-E-Coupons
Competitive Edge: A deli and juice bar that specializes in raw food delicacies.
Tree of Life Organic Quinoa, Flax and Chia Seed Salsa
Organic Valley Rich and Creamy Sour Cream
Tasty Bite Kasmir Spinach
Tasty Bite Punjab Eggplant
Tasty Bite Vegetable Tika Masala
A Worthwhile Investment: Brighter Day’s collection of vitamins and herbs are of the highest quality and integrity. Their Kid’s Calm Fruity Splash Multi-Vitamin is a great secret weapon to help grown-ups ease anxiety. Just mix one ounce with 6-8 ounces of Poland Springs Orange carbonated water and you’ve got a yummy drink that tastes like orange soda to boot! And it sells for $7 less than Whole Food’s asking price.
Competitive Edge: Community educational outreach programs that include cooking and yoga classes, gratis, plus amphlets on Healthy Eating, Bulk Basics and recipes.
365 Tropical Greens Fruit and Veggie Bars
Okay, so there’s only one item on the list, but it’s the best kept secret in Savannah. Go to the popsicle section of the frozen food aisle, kneel down to the second shelf from the bottom and grab yourself a box of these. The main ingredients are banana, pear, kale, kiwi and spinach...but you only taste the fruity stuff. The best freakin’ way to eat your vegetables EVER.
When looking for the lowest prices, be sure to cross-check the in store sales with the coupon books. A lot of times, prices that are already marked down also have current coupons, giving you a double discount. Saving money here involves a bit more homework, but the dividends can be handsome. Especially if bargain hunting is one of your sport hobbies.
Overview: Store managers Bryan and Rob go out of their way to make Fresh Market a happy experience, for customers and employees alike. The money that you spend here is for a good cause, in the form of management that goes above and beyond to earn your business and retain its employees.
Competitive Edge: The most consistently fresh selection of fruits and vegetables; by far the widest variety.
Chia Pod Pudding
Synergy Cherry Chia Kombucha
Synergy Grape Chia Kombucha
Synergy Raspberry Chia Kombucha
Honorable Mention: Dogfish Hard Tack Clam Chowder, with bacon. Make it even better by adding a bottle of your favorite Dogfish brew.
No Soup For You! (Not!): If you’re missing New York, you can find a wide variety of Soup Man favorites available for about $4.50.
Competitive Edge: Udi’s gluten-free bread products priced one to several dollars lower than anywhere else its products are sold in the city.
Low-Prices Favorites: Amy’s Kitchen Country Cheddar Bowls, along with all other things Amy’s. Unlike Kroger, Target always has them in stock. And at low, low prices.
And While You’re In The Neighborhood...why not hop on over to Big Lots and see what organic products they’re selling? There’s no rhyme or reason to what they’re selling, but when it’s in stock, it’s always $3.50 or less, so come on down!