Best Produce: Whole Foods Market

From the March 29, 2012 edition

More than ever, Columbus shoppers are curious about where their food comes from and eager to buy organic products. It’s no wonder why they frequent the two local branches of Whole Foods Market.

A grocery chain with an ambitious eco-friendly mission, Whole Foods offers a range of organic vegetables and fruits, as well as snacks and goodies prepared with high-quality, natural ingredients. Products hit the shelves only after meeting relatively rigorous standards, and the company takes many opportunities to educate customers about how food is grown, raised or made.

Local stores also share recipes, so you can transform groceries into something delicious and healthful at home.

Runners-up: The Greener Grocer, The Hills Market

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