Organic Food in Matawan and Aberdeen

Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around Holmdel and Hazlet.

Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%?  This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. 

If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.  

So eating organic is good for you and your family, but here's more: organic grub is good for Mother Earth. Foods advertised as organic must be grown by farmers who aim to use renewable resources, and conserve the soil and water. These practices preserve the environment and help prevent the extinction of numerous animal species.

So, here are some of our favorite local organic hot spots. Plus, check out these great markets featuring eco-friendly fare:

Livoti's Old World Market, Aberdeen
Livoti's offers a mix of organic items, including fruits, dairy and chicken. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Sat and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. 

Best Yet Market, Holmdel
Within its regular offerings, Best Yet Market sells a variety of organic options. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Sat and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

A&P Fresh, Cliffwood 
As with most local grocery stores, A&P Fresh offers organic produce and packaged foods. Open Mon-Sat, 6 a.m. - midnight and Sunday, 7 a.m. - midnight 

Hazlet Farmers Market
The Hazlet Farmers Market features locally grown produce and products, reducing transportation and feeding into the local economy. Open Mon - Sat, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck
Delicious Orchards not only offers locally grown produce, they also offer organic natrual foods as well as packaged foods. The cider bar is simply a bonus. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

debra March 08, 2013 at 06:24 PM
best yet market? I dont know but i went in there once and it smelled rotten i smelled rotten food and bleach..ugh.. then i go over by the international cheeses,well let me tell you laundry detergent and cheese do not mix,they have the laundry stuff right near the cheese dept.. omg it was the grossest thing ive smelled.. I dont like that store. to me the best bet for organic is whole foods.
april maisano March 09, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Yeah I went to best market last week for the first time and couldnt wait to leave because of the smell.
NJMommy March 10, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Stop and Shop in Aberdeen has a lot of great organic choices. Their Nature's Promise brand has tons of products and their fruit/veggie aisle has a lot of organic fruits and veggies that won't break the wallet. I don't think all Stop and Shop stores have this much organic food choices but the one in Aberdeen is awesome!


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