March is National Nutrition Month, sponsored by the American Dietetic Society. To make it easier for families to find healthy, nutrient-rich foods, we have rounded up five great health food stores all located in Suffolk County.
Babylon – Sherry’s The Healthy Gourmet
Sherry’s, a family owned and operated fully stocked grocery store, has provided the community with healthy foods for over 30 years. They carry a comprehensive line of organic produce with a local emphasis, hard to find alternative products, vitamins, pet and baby care, and health care products. Sherry’s also carries plenty of eco-friendly houseware items such as frying pans and light bulbs. They have several varieties of honey, seaweed, and host a wide-range of ethnic foods. The store boasts a bulk-product section such as loose teas, spices and herbs as well as prepackaged items. Sherry’s has a small healthy eating book section, prepackaged vegan and vegetarian “to go” sandwiches, and a surprisingly large bulk-chocolate covered nuts and fruits section. Although they do not have a rewards program, they do offer a vitamin bottle recycling program that provides customers $.05 off for bringing reusable bags. Sherry’s has an online shopping list feature and offers 10% off case orders.
Where: 89 Deer Park Ave, Babylon, NY
Store Hours: M-F 9-7 PM, Weekends 9-5 PM
Contact Info: 631 661 5552
Bellport – It’s Only Natural
It’s Only Natural is a small, but full service health food store providing everything from yoga to locally grown organic produce and homeopathic remedies. The store carries a full line of organic dairy products, organic coffee and teas, essential oils, vitamins and herbs, and botanical medicinals. They make freshly baked organic breads every Friday and prepare take-out vegetarian lunches. The store offers a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels every Saturday from 9-10:30 AM. It’s Only Natural sells eco-friendly cleaning products,basics for eating and cooking, specialty oils, spices and dried fruits. They also carry a full line of personal care items, pet care and food products, supplements, and vitamins. Family owned and operated for more than 35 years.
Where: 118 South Country Rd., Bellport, NY
Store Hours: M-F 9-6 PM, Saturday 9-6 PM, Sunday 9-4 PM
Contact Info: 631 286-9774
Huntington – Wild By Nature
Wild By Nature is an independently owned subsidiary of the Long Island-based grocery chain King Kullen. The health food market offers fresh as well as packaged organic, all-natural, chemical-free grocery items. Wild by Nature features a fresh sushi bar, fruit and juice bar, bakery with breads made daily, meat section, and a wide variety of grocery items. They are committed to offering preservative free foods with zero hydrogenated oils and pay careful attention to provide healthy items with all natural ingredients. The store has one of the largest selections of loose items like grains, beans, spices and herbs. They also have a fully stocked produce section which features 100% organic fruits and vegetables – most are local when seasonally possible. Wild By Nature hosts classes and lectures on natural living and healthy eating. There are four locations of which 3 are in Suffolk County. Cafe hours vary by store.
Where and Contact Info:
East Setauket store – 198 Main St., 631 246 5500
Hampton Bays store – 260 West Montauk Hwy, 631 723 3071
Huntington store – 369 West Main St., 631 424 6480
Store hours for all: M-F 8-9 PM, Weekends 8-8 PM
Riverhead - Green Earth Natural Food Market
Green Earth and Natural Food Market focuses on the whole body approach. They are knowledgeable on all things natural, healthy, and holistic. With a large variety of bulk herbs, they offer and support numerous natural remedies for everything from the common cold to anxiety. They offer individualized advice and support for health issue customers may wish to inquire about. The store has a fully organic in-store bakery and a cafe that both use locally grown organic ingredients. They also offer many organic vegan and vegetarian options, gluten free, low carb and additive-free foods.
Where: 50 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY
Store Hours: M-F 9:30-6 PM, Saturdays 10-6 PM, Sundays 11-5 PM
Contact Info: 631 369-2233
Sayville - Cornucopia
Cornucopia offers a wide variety of organic, nutrient rich, minimally processed foods, both fresh and packaged. They offer an organic produce section, as well as a full line of vitamins, supplements, and a great variety of gluten-free options. A small cafe is located in the back where you can stay and enjoy a hot cup of fair-trade organic coffee or tea and a freshly made healthy dish. The staff is knowledgeable, always ready to guide you and will special order anything you can’t find in their store. Cornucopia also carries cosmetics, baby and pet care items, as well as a full range of eco-friendly household products.They encourage you to bring your own bag and offer a rewards points program as a “thank you” for shopping locally. Cornucopia also hosts many lectures, seminars and has a very active support network for many different kinds of natural living groups.
Where: 39 N. Main Street, Sayville
Store Hours: M-F 9-7 PM, Saturdays 9-6 PM. Sundays 11-5 PM
Contact Info: 631-589-9579
By Michelle S.