Category Archives: Food

Introducing our New Artisan Sandwich Menu!

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just ready for a delicious sandwich, our new artisan creations deliver!

Artisan Sandwich Menu Pricing:

All sandwiches are served with a side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad.

Vegetarian Banh Mi: $5.99

Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich: $7.99

Balsamic Portobello with Arugula Salad Sandwich: $5.99

Cheese Steak Sandwich (Not currently available in the Mandarin Store): $7.99

Ahi Tuna Melt: $7.99


An Extreme Tuna Makeover: Our Ahi Tuna Melt

Friday (February 3rd), we’ll be introducing our Ahi Tuna Melt:

Swimmingly Fresh

Tuna salad gets a delicious upgrade with garlic-crusted, seared ahi tuna, melted cheddar, tomato, red onion, and garlic aioli. Our Ahi Tuna Melt will change the way you think about this classic deli sandwich.

Enjoy the Ahi Tuna Melt for $7.99*

*Includes side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad

Note: The Ahi Tuna Melt will be served on ciabatta bread instead of focaccia bread because the focaccia bread previously used on this sandwich no longer meets our standards. We will be replacing the ciabatta bread with a new focaccia recipe as we begin the full menu roll out during the week of February 6, 2012.


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

It’s here! The first of our new line of unbelievably tasty artisan sandwiches.

We challenged our chefs to create the ultimate sandwich to complement our current selections. What we got in return were five of the most incredible sandwiches we had ever tasted. Unwilling to part with any of the newly introduced creations, we decided to add them to our menu alongside our most popular deli sandwiches. With seared ahi tuna, marinated portobellos, grassfed beef, and plenty of organic veggies among the gourmet flavor pairings, we’re positive that whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just plain hungry, our artisan sandwich menu delivers!

This week (January 30th – February 3rd) will begin the preview of our new sandwich menu, with one artisan sandwich released each day of the week. During our preview week, each sandwich will only be available for purchase on its designated day. All of our artisan sandwiches will return with the launch of the full menu the week of February 6th.

On Monday (January 30th), we’ll be introducing the Vegetarian Banh Mi:

Vegan Goodness from the Grill

A Vietnamese-style sandwich, the Vegetarian Banh Mi starts with a marinade and ends with a touch of heat and a ton of flavor. Marinated grilled tofu, garlic aioli, cilantro, jalapeno, cucumber, carrots, and daikon slaw combine to change the minds of tofu haters and meat lovers everywhere.

Try the Banh Mi for $5.99*

*Price includes side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad

Vermillion Snapper at Native Sun

Support the local fishing industry with an affordable, sustainable product that makes its way to market via a reduced carbon footprint!

The Vermillion Snapper (Bee-Liner Snapper) season officially opened on January 1st 2012.  The quota for Vermillion harvest has been reduced this year to under half a million pounds gutted weight. While unfavorable to local fishing industries, conservationists and environmentalists welcome the quota reduction as a means of demonstrating the growing sustainability of the South Atlantic Snapper fisheries.

Vermillion Snapper contains a moderate to low concentration of mercury when compared to canned Albacore Tuna and Swordfish. Although typically between ten and eighteen inches in length and weighing anywhere from one to three pounds, Vermillion Snapper can reach lengths of up to twenty-four inches and weights of nearly four pounds. Low in saturated fat and sodium, with a soft, flaky flesh that provides essential fatty acids and protein, Vermillion Snapper closely resembles Red Snapper. We offer scaled, skin-on fillets for $14.99/lb and whole fish for $7.49/lb that are delicious when baked, broiled, fried, poached or grilled.  If you have any further inquiries please visit the friendly staff of the Native Sun Baymeadows Meat/Seafood Dept.

2011 Holiday Fare

Join us at either Native Sun location from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, December 7th as we celebrate the season with an evening of holiday inspired sampling, live recipe demonstrations, and homemade gift ideas!

Sip Mock-Cocktails, Seasonal Smoothies, and Apple Cider while you enjoy Pumpkin Dip with Granny Smith Apples, Wild Rice Salad, Roasted Lemon Dip with Spiced Veggie Chips, Smoked Salmon Pinwheels, Dessert from our Gluten-free bakery, and other samples throughout the stores. We hope you’ll take your favorite recipes home along with ingredients for Brownie, Soup, and Sugar Scrub mixes that make great gifts with a personalized, hand-made feel.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to call customer service at either store location:

Native Sun Mandarin

10000 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, Florida 32257



Native Sun Baymeadows

11030 Baymeadows Road

Jacksonville, Florida 32256



Turkey Days are Here! Reserve your Turkey by the 16th!

Happy Turkey Days! Call your local Native Sun Natural Foods Market to reserve your ideal holiday turkey today: Baymeadows at 260-2791 or Mandarin at 260-6950. Details and pricing are below. Reservations must be made by November 16th and turkeys will be available for pickup on November 18th!

Turkeys                                                COST               RANGE
Natural Turkey, Whole                                $2.99/lb             8lb-24lbs
Organic Turkey, Whole                                $3.99/lb             8lb-24lbs
Organic Turkey Breast, Bone-in                 $5.69/lb             4-12lbs
*Turkeys vary by size, weight guaranteed within 2lbs of request.

An Easy Guide to Choosing Your Holiday Turkey


Raised w/o Antibiotics
Or Synthetic Growth                               YES                                                  YES

Raised Free-Range with                          YES                                                  YES
Access to Pasture?

Fed only Certified Organic                      YES                                                  NO

Third-Party Inspection of
Farm to verify product’s                          YES                                                  NO
Organic integrity?