If your healthy food shopping routine is anything like ours, then you might feel a bit like Goldilocks in trying to stock the fridge from just one grocery store. Whole Foods can be too pricey, Trader Joe’s can be too limited in selection and Ralph’s or Vons can lag on organics.
But thanks to Haggen—a Washington-based grocery chain that’s recently arrived in Los Angeles—you can hit one store that feels just right.
Founded in 1933, Haggen has a long history of commitment to organic offerings, natural brands and local farmers and producers. At the same time, it stocks mainstream national brands you find at standard supermarkets, putting it somewhere between Whole Foods and Vons in price and selection.
Here are our tips on how to shop Haggen healthfully:
- Produce: Right now, 15 percent of the produce is organic (with plans to add more); just follow the purple signage for organic fruits and veggies like Tuscan kale, heirloom tomatoes and black plums.
- Meat/Seafood: Pick up some Bartels Farms grass-fed, antibiotic-/hormone-free beef, Sweetwater Creek organic chicken and seafood sourced sustainably from Santa Monica Seafood.
- Dairy/Eggs: Finds include Angelo & Franco organic mozzarella, locally produced Stremick’s Heritage Foods organic milk and NestFresh non-GMO, pasture-raised eggs.
- Pantry: The “natural” aisle is like the greatest hits of a health food store, with brands like Annie’s, Amy’s and Bob’s Red Mill and a dedicated gluten-free section.
- Miscellaneous: Organic products, noted with purple display tags, are dispersed throughout the aisles. Keep your eyes peeled for Dr. Bronner’s fair trade organic coconut oil, Full Circle organic coffees and teas and Spicely organic spices.
Multiple locations throughout Los Angeles County