Category Archives: Organics

Meet Ahi Ah-mazement with our Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich!

On Tuesday (January 31st), we’ll be introducing our Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich:

Chef-inspired desire

Garlic-crusted seared ahi tuna, cucumber kimchi slaw, & wasabi aioli on a fresh ciabatta roll, make this a satisfying sandwich for the tuna-lover’s heart and the foodie’s soul. It’s a fresh new blend of all-natural ingredients from the land and sea that’ll have you thinking about this sandwich even when you’re apart.

Reel in the Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich for $7.99*

*Price includes side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad

$100 Question: What’s your favorite way to enjoy yogurt?

With Cascade Fresh Yogurt 3 for $1.00, you don’t have to multi-task to find great deals! In the meantime, tell us your favorite way to enjoy yogurt! Whether topped with granola, in a smoothie, or straight from the container, it’s hard to go wrong!

Tell us your favorite way to enjoy yogurt & you’ll be entered to win a $100 Native Sun Gift Card! To be eligible to win, you must first subscribe to the Native Sun blog by clicking here, then leave your answer to this month’s question in the comment section on our blog page. ONE winner will be picked at random on June 30th. Good luck!

*Stock up on Cascade Fresh Yogurt on sale 3 for $1.00 until July 6th*

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO APRYL! CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR PRIZE DETAILS AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEXT MONTH’S $100 QUESTION!

Feeling overwhelmed by food allergies or a special diet?

Adopting a new diet often coincides with feelings of uncertainty, confusion, and frustration. The previously inviting aisles of the grocery store suddenly seem menacing, turning once hassle free shopping trips into label reading, ingredient-dissecting lessons in food chemistry. Typically, it feels as though every product contains the exact ingredients that must be avoided or eliminated from the diet. Worse, even when a product appears to meet dietary restrictions, a call to the company to confirm allergen statements often reveals the possibility of cross-contamination or a general lack of product knowledge on behalf of the manufacturer.

Despite the potential labeling pitfalls and communication mishaps, shopping for allergen friendly products doesn’t have to be an appetite sapping annoyance. At Native Sun, we take the inconvenience and frustration out of shopping for allergen friendly foods with FREE customer walkthroughs!

Store Walkthrough Service:

For those recently diagnosed with conditions that require special diets, we have always offered free educational walkthroughs to familiarize you with the dietary options available to you.

No matter how restricting a particular diet, we strive to find you suitable alternatives to the foods you enjoy. On average, walkthroughs typically last for an hour and thirty minutes as dictated by customer need. You can expect to leave a walkthrough armed with a newfound confidence in your diet and a better understanding of how to read and interpret labels. We also provide personal product recommendations and introduce our allergen tagging system.

Sign up for a Free Walkthrough today at customer service in either Native Sun Store!

$100 Question: What’s Your Favorite Way To Enjoy Organic Milk?

You may never eat ten pies in ten minutes, but that doesn’t make organic milk any less refreshing! Tell us your favorite way to enjoy organic milk! Do you prefer it with cereal, cookies, spaghetti, or straight from the carton?

Tell us your favorite way to enjoy organic milk & you’ll be entered to win a $100 Native Sun Gift Card! To be eligible to win, you must first subscribe to the Native Sun blog by clicking here, then leave your answer to this month’s question in the comment section on our blog page. ONE winner will be picked at random on May 27th. Good luck!

*Stock up on Organic Valley Milk at our everyday low price of $2.99 per ½ Gallon*

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ANN! CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR PRIZE DETAILS! BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEXT MONTH’S $100 QUESTION!

Don’t Miss Our Grass-fed BBQ!

Saunter on over to either Native Sun location tomorrow, April 30th, between 11AM and 3PM for a local, grass-fed BBQ with Cowboy Meats of Glen St. Mary, Florida. We’re looking forward to a great turnout and even better food!

In addition, from 2PM to 5PM at the Baymeadows store, we invite you to kick up your boots and relax as we provide free beer samples from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company*!

*Must be 21 or older to participate in beer tasting portion of event.

Almonds Take a Hike!

In the ever-changing landscape of agriculture and food production, price fluctuations are a seemingly daily occurrence. Recently, bulk almonds and almond butter products, which often travel across country to reach store shelves, experienced price increases directly related to spiking fuel costs. Seeking to provide you with delicious, money saving alternatives, we invite you to explore any (or all) of the following delicious nut butter options Native Sun currently stocks:

Peanut Butter:

Maranatha No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter $4.39 (16oz)

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter $4.94 (16oz)

Woodstock Farms (Crunchy or Smooth, Salted or Unsalted) $5.84 (16oz)

Justin’s Organic Honey Peanut Butter $7.29 (16oz) – Author’s Note: While it might be a little more expensive than the other peanut butters on this list, Justin’s is by far my favorite peanut butter! To me, this peanut butter is the perfect blend of sweet and salty with great texture and no unnecessary sugar. The chocolate flavors are equally delicious and make a great dessert!

Allergic to peanuts or just looking for great alternative nut butters?

Check out these excellent products!

Soy Nut Butter:

I.M. Healthy Soynut Butter (Unsweetened, Chunky, Honey, Creamy) $5.19 (15oz)

Sunflower Seed Butter:

Maranatha Sunflower Seed Butter $4.95 (12oz)

Sunflower Naturals Sunflower Seed Butter (Crunchy, Natural) $5.84 (16oz)

Center Yourself With Our Grasshopper Smoothie!

A wise man once said, “Man who catch fly with chopsticks accomplish anything.” – Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen 1984)

At Native Sun we say, “Man who catch Grasshopper Smoothie accomplish anything!” A refreshing blend of spinach, banana, peppermint, cacao nibs, soymilk, and agave nectar, the Grasshopper Smoothie remains a great way to enjoy your greens! Once a monthly special, overwhelming customer feedback now warrants granting the Grasshopper Smoothie a permanent place on our juice bar menu.

Just 5.99 for a 12oz or 6.99 for a 16oz

Ask for one today!

What works for you?

When Native Sun opened in 1996, owners Aaron and Erica envisioned themselves as “health educators,” determined to improve their own lives as well as the lives of their customers. For Aaron and Erica, improving their quality of life meant taking control of their food supply, demanding the highest quality organic foods free of GMOs and other harmful additives. Building a reputation based on their thorough research and uncompromising standards, Native Sun grew, becoming a trusted purveyor of both organic foods and knowledge. In response to customer concerns about the considerable environmental impact of running a business, Native Sun embraced opportunities to reduce waste and become more environmentally friendly. With the introduction of plant-sourced, biodegradable plastic bags, the development of a ride share program, and numerous expansions and constructions according to stringent environmentalist guidelines, Native Sun as a whole reduced its ecological footprint.

However, there are flaws in trying to do everything, and while we strive to implement progressive, environmentally friendly methods and materials into our business, we recognize that our strength remains our ability to select the finest organic products without jeopardizing our standards or the health of our customers. Even as we work diligently to ensure the quality of the products on our store shelves, legislation passes through our Nation’s governing bodies that endangers not only organics, but also the entirety of our food supply. With the failure to pass the “Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act,” which would require that all products containing genetically engineered materials be labeled accordingly, GMOs continue to run rampant, polluting the food found in mainstream groceries across the country (Crenshaw 2011). Unfortunately, those with the power to enact change in legislation concerning the integrity of our food supply eat blindly from the hands of the FDA, believing, like Congressman Ander Crenshaw, thatGenetically engineered foods, as well as traditional hybrid foods, must meet the rigorous provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act,” and “that the genetically engineered foods that have been introduced thus far are as safe as other traditional foods” while providing canned responses to legitimate inquiries (Crenshaw 2011).

Powerless against the forces of nature that will spread GMO seed and contaminate crops, organic foods are at once vulnerable and unprotected. We want our customers to stand beside us in the fight for clean food. We should not expect everyone on the planet to purchase a hybrid car or abstain from indulging in the electronic euphoria of the latest and greatest cell phones, televisions, and other gadgets. Nor can we expect that everyone will turn off the lights when they leave a room or only shop organic. Nonetheless, our own awareness might be the only universal solution capable of solving the environmental problems threatening our planet.

Thus, on Earth Day, Native Sun asks that you recognize what works for you and build off of your drive and enthusiasm for that particular activity or habit. Forget trying to do it all. Recycle, ride your bike to work, buy a reusable water bottle or grocery bag, but recognize the importance even these seemingly small changes can have in terms of reducing stress on the environment and your body. Let others learn from the choices you make. Let them ask questions and formulate their own opinions. Generate the awareness that can change the planet. Forcing sustainable practices and environmentalism on others only invites trouble and frustration. If we truly seek to address the ills of our planet, we must accept and appreciate the contributions that each of us make regardless of their scope. While it may sound overly simple and naïve, if we make a conscious effort to implement a feasible change in our own lives, the outcome could transform the world we live in.

Again, at Native Sun we understand that our strength lies in our ability, and continued desire, to provide our customers with the highest quality organic products available. This desire fuels our Earth Day “Give Me Organic” campaign in which we will be offering a storewide discount to all of our customers*. If we fail to deliver the best available organic goods, does it really matter how environmentally friendly our stores are?

*Some restrictions apply. See store for details.

Reference:

Crenshaw, Ander. “Response to GMO Concern.” Letter to Aaron Gottlieb. 15 Apr. 2011. Jacksonville, Florida.

Got the Post-Earth Day Blues?

Before we know it, Earth Day will have come and gone. Avoid the post-Earth Day blues and take comfort in remembering that at Native Sun, everyday is Earth Day. We expect our customers to demand the highest quality organic foods at the best possible prices, which is why this month GMO stands for “Give Me Organic!” That being said, we invite you to join us this Saturday (The day after Earth Day), April 23rd 2011 for 10% Off Day! Stop by either location to enjoy 10% OFF all regular priced items*!

Please Note: In order to participate in 10% Off Day, you must be a registered My Card user.

No My Card?

No problem! Just hurry over to customer service; registration is fast, free, and easy, plus, your new My Card can be used the same day as the event!

*Some Restrictions Do Apply: Additional 10% will not be applied to items already discounted on “My Card” and Monthly Sale. As a result of Native Sun’s Everyday Low Pricing, the following items will be excluded from any additional discounts:

All Beer and Wine

Eden Organics: All Canned Bean Products

Food For Life: Ezekiel Bread: Sesame and Plain

Organic Valley: Milk, Eggs, & Orange Juice

Penta: Water 16.9oz

Rudi’s Bread: Country White, Honey Wheat, 100% Whole Wheat, Cracked Wheat, & MultiGrain Oat

Silk: Soy Milk: Plain & Vanilla (32 & 64 oz sizes)

Zephyrhills: Water (Gallon size)

 

Eden Foods Addresses Nuclear Radiation Concerns

With Japan recognized by many as the leader in the production and supply of macrobiotic products, the recent threat of nuclear contamination has left manufacturers and retailers concerned about the long term effects of the earthquakes and tsunami. In response to the growing concern, Michael J. Potter, President of Eden Organic, purveyor of traditional Japanese foods, released a statement emphasizing the steps the company has taken to prevent possible radioactive contamination as they work diligently to ensure their products remain of the highest quality.

Eden Organic’s integrity and initiative have made them a trusted brand on Native Sun’s shelves for years and we continue to stand behind them as they labor through the aftermath of the disaster in Japan. We also ask that you keep Japan in your thoughts as the country struggles to recover from the devastation of the earthquakes and tsunami.

Below you will find an excerpt from the Eden statement. Follow this link to read the entire statement.

Eden Traditional Japanese Foods
Nuclear Radiation Food Safety and Related Concerns

13 April 2011

To all concerned,

Eden has been supplying traditional Japanese foods for forty-three years. We eat them, and feed them to children and grandchildren. We share concern about ongoing nuclear meltdowns, how they impact Japanese foods, and the wellbeing of all of us.

The situation is fluid and earthquakes continue. Radiation from Japan spread around the entire northern hemisphere in the first two weeks of the nuclear crisis, according to the Vienna-based Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

One of the first things we did was acquire two radionuclide detectors and training in their use. We have recorded baseline numbers at Michigan and California Eden facilities for Japanese items that we received prior to the March 11 event. We are updating SOPs and continuing training.

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