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Nov 20, 2011 02:27 PM

Need Health Food Store recommendations - Los Feliz/Silverlake/Echo Park

I recently learned that Nature Mart (where I have been shopping for 20+ years) in Los Feliz was bought by the Lassen family. That said, I need to find a new place to buy my organic produce and vitamins, as I will no longer be shopping there.

For those who are unaware, the owners of the Lassen's chain gave nearly $30,000 in cash support to the backers of Proposition 8, which took away the civil right for gays and lesbians to marry in California. So I will not spend a dime in the new Nature Mart/Lassen's to fund their bigotry.

So the question is, do I go to Whole Foods in Glendale, or are there any great independent health food stores left in the Los Feliz / Silverlake / Echo Park area? I'd love to support another deserving indie store, if one exists.

Due to work, I am splitting my time between L.A. and SF these days, and Rainbow Food Co-op in San Francisco is fantastic. Is there anything like this in L.A.?


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  1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. No good purveyors in Los Feliz area that I know of but the Sunday Atwater Farmer's Market is excellent. Figueroa Produce is quirky and sometimes the pricing seems sort of steep but you can't do better karma wise and they have some stuff I can't find elsewhere. I also like Sprouts in Burbank a lot, sort of a poor man's Whole Foods. Fair prices. Good selection. Icky prepared foods.

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    1. re: Layne Murphy

      YES! The Atwater Farmers Market is awesome! I've never loved Figueroa Produce, esp at their prices. But, I think they're cool regardless... I'll have to give them another shot.

    2. I was surprised Jon's market has a nice selection of organic produce.
      And great cheap deli for cheese and smoked fish.

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