BEAVERTON – Natural Grocers has been slowly spreading across the country and recently opened up in Beaverton.
The family owned company began in Colorado in 1955 and now has 70 stores nation wide.
Oregon is their newest market with three in Medford, Salem and Beaverton. A Bend location will open later in August month.
All of the produce is organic and much of it sourced from local farmers. The company researches every product on the shelf to make sure it meets its strict "free of" policy.
“You will not find products made with artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, artificial preservatives. You won't find any high fructose corn syrup. You won't find an hydrogenated oils, and that's just a small list of the thing we won't carry,” said store manager Krysti Weddle.
There is also an extensive vitamin and supplement section. The company first started selling vitamins along with whole grain breads.
There is also an on-site health coach for free nutritional advice along with seminars and cooking demonstrations.
You also won't find any bags, plastic or paper at the store, but there are boxes you can use.
Bring your own bag and they will donate five cents per bag to the Oregon Food Bank.
Much has been made about "natural" stores costing more but the company says it works on a smaller profit margin, going along with its philosophy that health should not be expensive.