Local Organic Food Market
Welcome to Ellwood Thompson's Natural Food Market, where our commitment to local and organic foods really shines. We offer a varied selection of locally grown and produced food items in our Richmond market, ensuring you'll find just what you're looking for when you come visit.
Our selection doesn't stop at super fresh produce, though. From wine, beer, and cheese to health supplements and fresh meat and seafood, we really have it all. Stop in to our kitchen for lunch, pick up vegan or gluten-free bakery items, or simply stop in to say hello. We look forward to seeing you.
Have you ever tried ordering a restaurant meal while surrounded by family and/or friends and seen no options that meet your diet on the menu? From time to time, have others been “put off” or “taken a back” by your diet? That’s the story of my diet although such scenarios occur far far less these days than when I became a vegetarian over 20 years ago. (I am practically vegan but have been known to sparingly permit a little dairy to slide on to my plate —usually on special social occasions). While I am by no means offended by others who eat meat or for that matter who eat junk food, upon reflection, it amazes me how often over those years I’ve had to stand firm to others (many of whom I love and care for) about my dietary choices and my beliefs about a healthy diet.. From stubborn “show downs” at the family Thanksgiving table to insisting on a different plate in front of dignitaries at a Governor’s Mansion to disbelief over a chef who refuses to serve side vegetables as a meal, if someone ever had to advocate for his food choices over decades (often in awkward situations), that’s me.
Of course, every one is a “food advocate” to the degree they recognize the vital connection of a healthy diet to their own quality of life. Thankfully, vegetarians, vegans and others with non-traditional diets enjoy much easier accommodations these days than 20 years ago. However, unlike 20 years ago, today’s drastic changes in the harvesting, processing and preparation of our food supply make understanding and choosing what you eat much harder. Genetically modified organisms in produce, bio-waste solids in fertilizers and high levels of processed sugar in packaged goods are only but a few examples of such drastic changes. Even food labels can omit key information, be misleading and often contain complicated names of unheard of chemicals. That’s in large part why this new role as the Ellwood Thompson’s Food Advocate has come about.
Many customers come into the store because they want healthy and quality food and supplement options. Many want to learns ways to improve their health through good nutrition. Yet, too many are also busy and as such, often have to compromise their food choices for convenience. Hopefully, that’s where I can help. Through this blog and other ways in the future, I’ll try to provide you with helpful information to make your food and dietary choices better and easier. Of course, you don’t have to be a carnivore, vegetarian or a vegan — in fact, it doesn’t matter what your diet is — just that you are open to new ideas and to more informed choices when it comes to diet and good health. You may also care about the environment and the future of mankind’s stewardship of this planet. If any of those descriptions fit you, then come back to this blog as often as you can. Let me hear from you. It may be an interesting article you came across or some rumor you heard — whatever it is regarding good health and good diet, let me know. And feel free to say hello if you see me walking around the store. Thanks.
IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH // Our Beer Taps are DOWN! We’re so sorry for the inconvenience everyone. We still have an amazing selection throughout the store of bottled and canned beer though, so all is not lost!
Join us for an evening as we indulge in the flavors of Summer. In this pairing we will be tasting light and bright cheeses with a variety of brews to compliment each. Cheers to Summer!
Join us on Friday, May 17th when our newest friends from Salem, VA, make the trip up to Richmond to pour three new beers, proudly brewed in the home state! Parkway Brewing Co. will be pouring three beers, two of which will be on tap, so make sure to bring in your empty growlers for a fill! For more information on Parkway Brewing Co., visit their awesome website!