Organic food markets: here to stay

OKEMOS — Two weeks ago, Meridian Township welcomed a new organic food market. On April 13, Whole Foods Market opened its doors for the first time, making it the first Lansing-area Whole Foods, and their seventh Michigan store. With the growing criticism of processed foods, organic food markets are well on their way to becoming a main-stay trend. “[Organic food shopping] definitely will become a lot more popular, it’s a lot healthier,” Barb Vuillemot, a shopper at Foods for Living in Meridian Township, said. “Right now, it’s still not mainstream, so it makes it harder for people to find.

Local health food stores impact community and competition

By Erica Marra
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

A new branch of popular health food chain Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open for business on East Grand River Avenue this April, which will mark the third natural food store to open in or around the Meridian area within a five-mile radius. The market will join the ranks of 18-year-old local business Foods For Living and Meijer-invested Fresh Thyme, a Midwest chain that opened its first Michigan store in East Lansing last year. With Whole Foods Market opening less than half a mile away from Foods For Living, experts expect a disruption in competition to alter business transactions among the health food stores in the Meridian area. Thomas Page, former Meridian Township resident and Associate Professor within Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, said he expects corporate-owned Whole Foods to take a notable slice of consumer traffic. “Whole Foods is expensive, but it’s also a much bigger store and it’s going to draw a bigger influx of customers just because of the fact that it’s much more well-known.

Demand high, supplies tight for some Michigan-grown organic foods

By WEI YU
Capital News Service
LANSING – Even during economic recession, Karen Lubbers, an owner of the Lubbers Family Farm in Grand Rapids, faces the challenges of growing demand at her small organic farm. It sells beef, pork, lamb and eggs. “Our sales increase every year,” Lubbers said. “We generally sell out of both beef and pork. During the summer months, we sell out of eggs regularly as well.”
The supply from Lubbers Farm is often hardly enough meet the demand.

Does organically grown produce really matter?

By Shanacee Shreve
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The East Lansing Farmer’s Market is up and open for business. The market is located close to Grand River Avenue and is open every week until October 30, 2011. The Farmer’s Market is a growers’ market, which means everything in the market place is homegrown, according to the market’s  website. They have a variety of vendors including Hang’s Market, Spartan Country Meats, Nightengale Farms, Clearview Orchard, Pregitzer Farm and much more. Richard Bowie, a third-season organic grower at market, is not convinced that all the food sold at the market is homegrown.