February 27, 2008

Organic Forever, Forrest HIlls, NY

Tucked away in Forrest Hills near the 71st St stop on the F and E trains, east of the main shopping and Barnes & Noble, located at 69-12 Austin Street, you’ll find Organic Forever. A small cozy store run by kind people they stock organic and specialty products.

In the front of the store there are vitamins, herbal supplements, and personal care products. The counter by the register has a very respectable selection of organic and free trade chocolate and energy bars. The cereal section has Perky’s, Erewhon, Glutino and Nature's Path.

There is a small prepared foods counter and juice bar where they also have a selection of raw goodies from Blessings Alive and Radiant, Lydia’s Organics and Nutritious Creations. In the back of the store there are freezers and bulk foods. Everything from nuts, flours, sugars, dried fruits and other bulk delicacies; most of these seem safe, but not everything has a full list of ingredients. It seems safe to stick to things like roasted nuts and dried fruit and stay away from more prepared things like yogurt covered raisins or peanuts.

The freezer section is well stocked with a wide variety of frozen gluten free breads, including Food For Life, Kinnikinnick, Enjoy Life and Glutino. The selection includes bread, English Muffins, Bagels and even one type of gluten free tortilla.

Across from the freezer are the baking supplies, dried grains, legumes and rice. Gluten free flours and mixes include Bob’s Red Mill, Gluten Free Pantry, Arrowhead Mills and Ener-G products.

This little store is a gem. The prices are a bit more expensive than you would expect to find in the grocery store but it’s worth it to find a store that has all these things in one place, and closer to my home an the subway than others. The staff and owner are very helpful, although I’m not sure how much of a language barrier there is they are always open to questions.

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