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Coming Up @ Native Sun Mandarin: Third Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit Local Homeless Pets!

To benefit our charity of the month, First Coast No More Homeless Pets, we will host our third annual Charity Dog Wash, May 21st from 10AM to 2PM in the “barking lot” of our Mandarin store. As noted by Native Sun Owner, Aaron Gottlieb, “This is our third year working with FCNMHP as Native Sun GreenApples Charity of Month. It is a cause our customers feel very passionate about and we’re happy to help. Over the past two years we’ve collected over $2000 in donations for FCNMHP and we hope this year’s event can be just as successful!”

FCNMHP is a local, non-profit dedicated to eliminating the killing of dogs and cats in the Jacksonville community through low-cost spay and neuter programs, vaccinations, micro-chipping, flea and heart worm preventatives and a variety of tests.

All dogs are welcome. Donations can be made in cash or check. Native Sun asks that owners please stay with their pets while they are being groomed.


FREE Lecture on Anti-Aging Tuesday May 17th @ 8pm

Sally Byrd will be at Native Sun Natural Foods Market’s Baymeadows location at 11030 Baymeadows Road on Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm to give a FREE lecture “Collagen’s Role in Anti-Aging.”

A fibrous structural protein that occurs naturally in bones, connective tissues, and skin, collagen protects joints, ligaments, and tendons while aiding in the renewal of all cells within the body. As we age, the collagen in our bodies begins to break down, aging our cells, reducing the elasticity of the skin, and creating wrinkles. Join us as we explore the potential benefits of collagen supplementation, learning how collagen can help rejuvenate the skin and redefine the aging process!

Sally Byrd is a board certified and registered traditional naturo-path and author who currently works as the Director of Sales, Education and Formulation for Dr. Venessa’s Formulas™.

Seating is limited & reservations are required by calling 904-260-6950.

$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*


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.

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.


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)


April Events: Celebrate Earth Day the Native Way!

At Native Sun we celebrate Earth Day (April 22) everyday but we’ve planned a fun-filled April to showcase local products and companies that we love. Check out our calendar of events at both locations and come in to enjoy!


Saturday, April 9 • 11AM – 3PM
Enjoy delicious, local raw food samples from Shakti Life Kitchen!

Saturday, April 16 • 11AM – 3PM
Enjoy a free cup of jo from local Bold Bean Coffee Roasters & Stock up on a variety of local plants from Native & Uncommon Plants, a local company that specializes in Florida plants to help gardeners restore local habitats. They can help you find the right plant for the right place!

Saturday, April 23 • ALL DAY & 5 – 7PM
Today GMO stands for “Give Me Organic!” Take 10% OFF Grocery Items* & Enjoy free local beer samples from Bold City Brewery from 5 – 7PM!**

Saturday, April 30 • 11AM – 3PM & 2 – 5PM
Saddle up for a local, grass-fed BBQ by Cowboy Meats of Glen St. Mary, Florida from 11AM – 3PM & Sip on free beer samples from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company from 2 – 5PM**


Saturday, April 9 • 11AM – 3PM
Enjoy delicious, local raw food samples from The Present Moment Café!

Saturday April 16 • 11AM – 3PM
Enjoy a free cup of jo from local Bold Bean Coffee Roasters. Their small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting brings out the best flavor and aroma in every batch of whole, organic beans.

Saturday, April 23 • ALL DAY!
Today GMO stands for “Give Me Organic!” Take 10% OFF Grocery Items*

Saturday, April 30 • 11AM – 3PM
Saddle up for a local, grass-fed BBQ provided by Cowboy Meats of Glen St. Mary, Florida

*Rules Apply. See Store for Details.
**Must be 21 or older to participate.