Kingston Natural Foods Market and Buying Club in Ulster County
Kingston Natural Foods Market — and its homegrown buying club in Kingston, Ulster County — offer healthy, organic foods at affordable rates
By Lynn Hazlewood
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The shop also carries frozen, pastured meats from Gardiner’s Full Moon Farm; Vital Choice wild salmon; local fresh produce; eggs from free-running chickens (on the pricy side but worth it); dairy products from Maple Hill Creamery; artisan flour from Wild Hive Farm; and some unusual finds like dried black beans grown upstate in Cayuga. “People are unhappy about getting their beans from China,” notes McKinley, who plans to expand the homegrown, dried bean selection. Organic breads baked by Much Mor cause a minor kerfuffle every week. “The bread comes on Friday morning, and there’s always a line around the block,” McKinley says.
You’ll also find eco-friendly cleaning and bath supplies, as well as Happy Baby and Earth’s Best organic baby food, and natural pet food so that your furry family members can eat as healthily as you do (at least when they’re not scarfing down something they stole from the trash. Or maybe that’s just my dogs...)
Membership in the buying club is $36 the first year, $30 a year thereafter. The single requirement is that you “volunteer” for three hours a year, doing work like helping unload the truck and bagging up bulk items on delivery days.
If you don’t want to join the club, just drop into the market, sip a Fizzy Lizzy (a sparkly fruit drink that’s much better for you than that other fizzy stuff), see what’s temptingly nutritious that day, and chat with Jennifer. “I like supporting the farmers, and connecting the community through food,” she says. “That’s the highlight for me.”
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