Tales of A Natural Food Store Newbie

by Dave on June 25, 2009

First seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 4, 2009:

So you’ve never been to a natural food store? Me neither.

That is, until I ventured into the Good For You Natural Market on Route 9 west of Lewes this week to visit owner Andy Meddick, Coastal Sussex Weekly’s Organic Living columnist. And it was nothing like the stereotypes of health food stores stacked to the roof with supplements and the like. Comparable to a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s Market, complete with dairy, grains, gluten-free foods, pet food, meats, Good For You has basically everything you need from a food store.

“We’re buying from the same people that Whole Foods is,“ said Meddick. “I cringe when people call us that ‘health food’ store. There’s a big need for a lot more than that. Decent cheeses, decent meats, olive oils, vinegars. Hey, call me what you want – just eat the food. You’ll see.”

But the key to it all is Good For You’s 100% natural, chemical-free produce.

“If I had only one department in the store, it would be produce,” proclaimed Meddick.

Meddick sources his fresh products from within 250 miles of the area, a region that includes all of Delaware and portions of Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. He is rigid about quality and about his foods being free from chemicals.
“Small-scale, chemical-free agriculture is a little more expensive, but this is what we’re about,” said Meddick. “I want everyone to eat this (natural produce).”

Of particular note inside the store were the meats and chicken, sourced from Yoder Farm & Market; a variety of organic milks – dairy, soy, even hemp; entire sections dedicated to gluten-free products and a dynamic produce section.

The store is going through a transition as Meddick bolsters his artisinal cheese department and installs an organic coffee bar.

“I want to be an ingredient place. If someone walks in with a recipe, I want them to find everything on that list here,” added Meddick.

Based on my experience, he’s got that covered.

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