I was interested to see that a new organic store had opened on Broadway, a little closer to my place than the one I usually go to, and it had a huge selection of vegetables and fruit (more even than Fairway or Integral Yoga Foods in Manhattan), so I zig-zagged across the street to check it out.
The first thing I noticed was that none of the produce was organic, at least none that I could find. Okay, so it is just a regular fruit and vegetable market, but misrepresenting the produce in order to draw business from other local produce markets is not nice, and certainly unethical. (Go here for a quick overview of how to read produce stickers)
When I went to the back of the store, I did find some shelves of dry and canned goods which were organic. As I was already on my way to buy some flax seed, I checked out their price on Bob’s – it seemed a bit high ($8.49 for the 14 oz. package), so I figured I would keep on going the two blocks up to Broadway Naturals and check their prices before buying anything (I haven’t bought flax seed in Queens for a long while, so anything could happen). Broadway Naturals had the same 14 oz Bob’s for $3.45 and they had bulk flax seed for $1.99!!!! Good grief! Of course, I bought the bulk at Broadway Naturals!
If you are looking for reasonably-price organic items in Astoria, stick with Broadway Natural – they are what they say they are, they have a reasonable assortment of goods,, as well as a nice little juice bar, and they are nice people as well.