With the rising preference for organic foods, a number of stores have emerged around the country to offer consumers a taste of healthy and fresh produce. These emerging ventures also offer a sustainable source of income for farmers who practice the organic way of farming. We have put together a list of 10 organic stores and websites that offer a mix of fresh produce and packaged products all over India.
1. Navdanya Organic Outlet, Delhi
Spearheaded by the legendary Dr Vandana Shiva, Navdanya isn’t just a store but a movement for sustainability and ecological awareness. In promoting green farming practices, the organisation also supports the community with organic outlets that have been set up around the country.
In Delhi, Navdanya Organic offers vegetables (and home delivery) twice a week. Apart from that, groceries are available at the organisation’s specialised stores in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Dehra Dun.
Find more information here.
2. Organic Mandya, Mandya/Bengaluru
Organic Mandya founder Madhuchandan C is a Mandya native who moved out to pursue his work as a software engineer. His observation about chemical-based farming practices led him to engage with farmers from 2014, and he went on to form Organic Mandya as the marketing wing to support Mandya Organic Farmers Co-operative Society.
With a flagship store in Bengaluru, Organic Mandya products are also available online and in multi-brand stores around the country. With a sustainable business model, the Organic Mandya team aims to make the Mandya district entirely chemical free by 2020.
Shop Organic Mandya products here.
3. Down to Earth, Jaipur
This label is a division of Morarka Organic Foods Ltd., which was founded in 2006 to directly connect farmers with consumers. Down to Earth claims to have India’s widest portfolio of organic food products, and its list is certainly diverse, encompassing grocery items, beverages like tea and coffee and ready-to-eat snacks, along with chemical-free produce.
Down to Earth established its first store and cafe in Jaipur in 2012 and has since expanded to other cities, including Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The label is also available online and via franchisee stores.
Check out Down to Earth on its official website.
4. reStore, Chennai
A not-for profit initiative that strives to connect local and neighbouring farmers to consumers in Chennai, reStore was founded in 2008. Though it doesn’t offer deliveries, its weekly bazaars draw many residents seeking fresh produce at affordable prices.
The produce is sourced from small farmers and groups, and customers can also pre-order some of the products and pick them directly on scheduled market days. The online store also facilitates access to household and gardening products.
For more information on restore, head to their website.
5. Vaer Organic, Chennai
This organic store abides by a ‘buy local, eat local, grow local’ business philosophy, Founded in 2012 as an online store, the brand’s popularity led the founders to open their first brick-and-mortar store in Chennai’s Raja Annamalaipuram neighbourhood.
The store offers organically grown fruits and vegetables as well as grains, oils, earthenware, soaps and, detergents, among other products. It also has a section dedicated to traditional rice varieties and native vegetables. Avoiding plastic, the Vaer team packs its products in cotton or paper bags and glass jars and bottles.
Check out Vaer Organic on its website.
6. Sage Sustainable Living, Hyderabad
Calling itself an “organically” growing natural products store, this store in Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hills aims to grow as much of the produce it sells. Much of the produce is grown at the Sage farm in Shankarpally and transferred via cold storage to Hyderabad. Customers can pre-order their requirements, including products like paneer, salsa and bread. The group also runs an eponymous organic cafe.
The initiative was known earlier as Hyderabad Goes Green, a local marketplace for eco-friendly products, including fruits and vegetables founded in 2009. The company rebranded itself as the focus shifted to organic produce.
For more information, head to the Sage website.
7. Eatofresh, Chandigarh
An online store operating for customers in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, Eatofresh’s emphasis is on pesticide-free daily foodstuff. Founded by Rohit Chawla, it is one among a number of fresh produce retailers in the region that prefer an online model over a physical store.
On offer are a mix of vegetables and fruits—both local and exotic—as well as honey and dry fruits. With the organic food trend catching up in smaller cities of India, the website capitalised on the popularity in a move that also benefits local farmers.
Head to Eatofresh’s website for more information.
8. Conscious Food, Mumbai
This Mumbai-based organisation was founded in 1990 to offer long-term food solutions while maintaining the ecological balance. Conscious Food products are a familiar sight in many food stores, offering a variety of products from cereals and oils to power snacks.
Conscious Food maintains a workshop in Mumbai where sourced produce are subjected to quality checks before reaching the customers. The products are available online and through retail outlets in major Indian cities.
For more information, click here.
9. Krishija, Kolkata
Apart from a range of chain stores, Kolkata gets its organic produce from Krishija, a store set up by a collective of ecological farmers from all over India. The store in the city’s Lake Market area specialises in “naturally made, adulteration free and hand-made food and food products”
Along with seasonal produce, customers also flock to this store for pulses, spices and uncultivated food as well as free-range ggs and milk products from indigenous breeds. “Everything here is ecologically produced, pure, poison-free, tasty and highly nutritious,” claims the store. Krishija’s produce is also available in other stores of the city, including Rainbow Organics, which worked with Ecological Agriculture Trust to bring about the Krishija initiative.
Check out Krishija here.
10. Farm2Kitchen, pan India
Not every city and town in India has access to organic produce and food products. This is a gap that Farm2Kitchen, founded in 2011, seeks to address. Offering a mix of food and lifestyle products, the e-commerce site delivers to over 250 cities and towns, including liquids and fragile products like ghee and juices.
Founder Seema Dholi is invested in uplifting and empowering Indian farmers, and the initiative was born from her personal quest to get quality food products for her family. The brand is, naturally, oriented towards empowering women with healthier lifestyle choices.
Check out Farm2Kitchen via its app or website.