Grocery Guide: Healthy Shopping Options in Grand Rapids

Whether you live on a budget, or not, I believe it makes sense to save money when possible. I am inherently frugal, but I do choose to spend money on fresh, nourishing foods. My research has lead me to associate ‘healthy food’ with plants that provide the necessary minerals to fuel our bodies and I choose to keep a variety of produce on hand (eat the rainbow) because healthy bodies fuel healthy minds.

Here are a few of my favorite markets in town to stock up on produce & nutritional foods:

Meijer, 2900 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

The Meijer on Kalamazoo has wonderful deals on all fruit, including exotic. A cherimoya was $6.99, for example, compared to $9.99 everywhere else.

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The Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This $3 savings could afford you a gorgeous basket of fruit at the Fulton Market (open Tues/Wed, Fri/Sat). I love meeting farmers here and learning about where my food comes from. Enjoying it fresh from the pickin’ is best!

Fresh Thyme, 2470 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

I appreciate Fresh Thyme (Burton) for many reasons, but mostly because the store considers health and offers FREE fruit for children. Fresh Thyme’s display is well cared for, and very high quality.
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Horrocks Market, 4455 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

If you love Horrock’s because it’s a superbly fresh market, you’d tip over after 2-minutes in the Lansing store. I now go monthly to buy produce I cannot find locally, or that is incredibly inexpensive. For example, giant, ripe papayas were often $1/each this summer. Try to beat that!

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Trader Joe’s, 3684 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Trader Joe’s is my go-to for frozen falafels, organic fruit (2lbs of organic strawberries for $7, thank you TJ’s!), fruit leather (my kids are obsessed) and 10lbs of other random things that turn out to be really great!
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Ken’s Fruit Market, 3500 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

I try to stay away from Ken’s on Plainfield because they offer the best roasted nuts, right near the checkout. Every time I go, I eat 2lbs of almonds within 2 days. It kills me, but I can’t stop! Ken’s is community oriented and wonderful, offering great deals like $1 for a giant bag of potatoes.
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Martha’s Vineyard, 200 Union Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Once you save money on potatoes, head to Martha’s. You’ll need a few extra dollars to spend here, with a selection that includes delicious vegan treats, hot pizzas, the best wine selection, or a fresh baguette, because they make bread, too!
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My new Friends, there are wonderful markets in every corner of GR, and I love exploring them all! I will always appreciate great savings and delicious, fresh food! I’d be happy to share these finds with you, as long as you promise to share your great finds with me!

About the Author

Marin Darr is a local vegan and developer of the IG account CoconutsforPlants. Professionally, she’s entangled in the world of startups. To balance that stress, she studies plant-based nutrition, takes walks, rides her bike and practices mindfulness while standing on her head. She tries to live humbly, volunteers occasionally, and appreciates family time. She resides in EGR.

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