Eating Organic in New Canaan

Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around New Canaan.


Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%?  This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. 

If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.  

So eating organic is good for you and your family, but here's more: organic grub is good for Mother Earth. Foods advertised as organic must be grown by farmers who aim to use renewable resources, and conserve the soil and water. These practices preserve the environment and help prevent the extinction of numerous animal species.

So, here are some of our favorite local organic hot spots. Plus, check out these great markets featuring eco-friendly fare:

New Canaan Healthfare

What They Offer: Wheat and gluten-free products, frozen foods, beauty products, supplements and cleaners.

Hours: Mon - Sat, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Station Eats

What They Offer: Station Eats serves all-natural hamburgers, falafel burgers, hot-dogs, French fries, hormone-free and antibiotic-free milk shakes, and beers.

Hours: Daily, 11.30am - 8pm

Farmer's Table

What They Offer: The Farmer's Table only uses organic and fresh ingredients that are available each day for its soups, salads, entrees and desserts.

Mon - Thu, noon - 9pm; Fri, Sat, noon - 10pm; Sun, closed

Le Pain Quotidien

What They Offer: The restaurant serves organic breads, coffees, teas, gourmet specialty items, sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries. A dinner menu is available with a selection of organic beers and wines.

Hours: Mon - Thu, 7:30am - 8pm; Fri, 7:30am - 9pm; Sat, 8am - 9pm; Sun, 8am - 8pm

Walter Stewarts Market

What They Offer: An expanding selection of all natural, locally produced, gluten free, and organic specialty items.

Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 7:30pm; Sat, 7:30am - 7pm; Sun, 8am - 6pm


Ade March 09, 2013 at 12:45 PM
How can you leave out New Canaan Health Fare?? http://www.newcanaanhealthfare.com They were probably the first in town to carry organic and other special diet foods like gluten-free (before it became trendy).
Elmcrest March 09, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Agree! New Canaan Healthfare, 2 Morse Court, should be at the top of this list. Jim and Margaret run a terrific, friendly store!
Glen K Dunbar March 09, 2013 at 03:44 PM
We agree on something Abe. Yes, the health food store here in town is A+++ They have some marvelous goodies there. I use to go in there all the time as a Kid and get snacks and such. Now of course I can barely afford to by a bus token.
Chandra Johnson Greene March 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
My apologies, New Canaan Healthfare has been added to the article. Thanks!
Lauren March 09, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Yes they have been there forever! I know at least 30 years because I remember going in there as a little kid


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