Where to buy organic food stuff in Chennai


Where can you buy organic, non-GMO, gluten free foods in Chennai? Shop for organic and non-GMO vegetables, fruits, pulses, millets, grains, milk and milk products and more in localities across Chennai. Order online, and have the products delivered at your doorstep.

City dwellers find themselves starved for choices, especially when it comes to eating healthy. We tend to buy whatever is accessible, and most often the available choices aren't healthy options. The fruits, vegetables, grains and pulses and a lot of the other food stuff that we regularly consume have high concentrations of chemicals and pesticides present in them – neither of which, is good for us, in the long run.

You probably want to change the way you eat. So, how about getting full control of what is stocked in your kitchen? Why not go organic!



Organic food is good for you, as well as being good for the environment. Organic crops are cultivated using traditional farming methods that are devoid of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Traditional methods make use of naturally available materials to act as pesticides and fertilizers. They aren't genetically modified either. This ensures that the end product is healthy and all natural.

A number of farmer markets operate in Chennai, and I am sure there is one near you or at a comfortable drivable distance, from your home. So, get ready to explore and find out what you can buy and where you need to head.

reStore - ECR


The reStore is a non-profit organisation that was instituted by and continues to be managed by, a group of volunteers. It sis a blessing for people residing in South Chennai, especially on the ECR and OMR. The store sells fresh organic produce, sourced mainly from local farmers, from adjoining regions. The produce is always seasonal and fresh. The volunteers at reStore, ensure that the products they stock are 100% organic. They visit small-time farmers and organic farms to source their products, after careful scrutiny. Apart from food products, the store sells a variety of eco-products and books.

reStore also conducts workshops and hosts talks on a range of subjects revolving around the environment, such as gardening, urban sustainability, alternative education, health and more.

What does the store sell


  • Wide-range of fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables straight from the local farms. The store allows you to pre-order your stock, so you need to just pick it up
  • Whole grains, pulses and millets
  • Whole and powdered spices
  • Processed foods, pickles, thokku, papad, snacks and other dry foods made in local small-scale cottage industries
  • Freshly ground flours, which are milled in small quantities, to preserve their flavour and nutrition
  • Jaggery & honey

Location


The store is located in Kottivakkam, on the East Coast Road, between Thiruvanmiyur and Palavakkam. It is situated opposite Bharat Petroleum and stands next to the Kun Hyundai Service Centre.

  • reStore
150/3, East Coast Road
Kottivakkam – Chennai
Ph: 044-24921093

Timings


The store remains open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday, between 10:00 hours and 20:00 hours.

Organic Shandy - Mylapore


What started as a Sunday market, way back in 2002, is now open six days a week. The Organic Shandy is also known as the Sunday Shandy, is managed by Mr. Murali, who is an avid farmer, with a fondness of growing organic mangoes. He began his tryst with farming over 25 years back. The man is known to source his produce from far flung regions of Tamil Nadu as well as from different states, across India. What you get in this store is organic food straight from where it is locally grown.

The organic food store is centrallly located, in the heart of Chennai city.

What can you buy here


  • A wide range of leafy greens and fresh veggies
  • Seasonal fruits – shop for varieties of organic mangoes and sweet lime
  • Pulses
  • Grains
  • Spices
  • Cold pressed oils
  • Dry fruits

Location


The store is located in Mylapore, adjacent to the M Chidambaram Chettyar Matriculation School (M.CT.M School), on Luz Church Road.

  • Organic Shandy
177 Luz Road
Mylapore – Chennai
Ph : 9790900887

Timings


The store has a weekly off on Sunday and is open, the rest of the week, between 09:30 – 13:30 hours and between 16:00 – 20:00 hours.

Organic Farmers Market (OFM) – Main store at Adyar and multiple other locations


The OFM is the place to head to if you want to shop for pesticide and chemical free foods. The OFM is the result of the coming together of a group of organic farming aficionados. It is their collective effort that has seen OFM grow to great heights. What I like about the Organic Farmers Market is that it has 12 stores affiliated to it, spread in different locales, across the city. This initiative makes healthy, organic food easily accessible to the residents of Chennai.

What does OFM stock


You can shop for a bunch of organic items at any of the Organic Farmers Market outlets.

  • Vegetables & fruits
  • Over 20 varieties of local rice
  • Pulses
  • Millets
  • Spices
  • Cold-pressed oil
  • Dry fruits
  • Different types of Jaggery
  • Variety of whole-grain flours
  • Salt, including rock salt
  • Honey
  • Herbal teas
  • Different kinds of podi mixes
  • Snacks
  • Herbal bath powders and shampoos
  • Detergents and dish-washing powders
  • Books

Timing


The stores are open from 10:00 to 19:00 hours.

Locations


The OFM has 12 addresses and you will possibly find one close to you.

  • Adyar - Organic Farmer's Market
No: 1, 21st Cross St, Indira Nagar
Ph : 9790900887/9840525516

  • Medavakkam - Linga Bhairavi Organic Shop
12/29, Indira Gandhi St,
Perumbakkam Main Rd.
Ph : 9840873848

  • Chepauk - Organic Farmer's Store
3/5 Meeyan Sahib, 2nd St.
Landmark - Opposite Kalaivanar Arangam, Arunachalam St. 1st left
Ph : 9940114894

  • Mylapore - Sankranti Organics
20, Mookambika Complex
4, Lady Desikachari Rd.
Ph : 9884010355/9884288037

  • Saidapet - Mahatma Naturals
6/122, Bazaar Rd.
Ph : 9962225225/956129298

  • Anna Nagar West – Karima Foods (An Organic Food Store)
New no: 95, Old no: 57/5, Soundhariya Colony
6th Avenue
Ph : 9094718909/967176871

  • Nanganallur – S2 Organics
B-89, Hindu Colony
11th Cross Rd
Ph: 9790302828

  • Kundrathur – Balaji Organic Healthy Trends
36, Mehta Nagar Main Rd
Ph : 9840123117

  • Thuraipakkam – Ainthinai Organic Farmers Store
68, P V S Nagar
Landmark : Near M N M Jain Engineering College
Ph : 9940537273/9094955404

  • Madipakkam – Real Organics
3/211, Medavakkam Main Rd.
Ph: 7418569793/9962236869

  • Kotturpuram – Ganesh Organics
29/23, Dhandayuthapani Nagar, 1st St.
Landmark : Near Ganesh Temple, Kotturpuram Bridge
Ph : 9444450826/044-24471208

  • Mangadu – Easan Organic
Ph : 9444244294/8925566895

Terra Earthfood – ECR/Alwarpet/Anna Nagar


The Terra Easthfood dishes tasty organic, gluten free and vegan ready-to-eat, foodstuff. Their goods are traditional, yet have a modern touch to them. So, while you are shopping for groceries you could also shop for Millet Ribbon Pakoda or healthy Beetroot Cashew Candies. You will find a whole range of goodies both sweet and savoury to tickle your taste buds.

What is special about the products available here is that they are made from whole-grains, and are hence healthier than all the refined flour stuff that you buy else where.

What's selling in Terra Earthfood


  • Organically grown, unpolished millets
  • Vegan & Gluten free cakes and other baked goodies
  • Crackers & cookies
  • Greens, veggies & fruits
  • Snacks – banana chips, mixtures and more
  • Whole spices
  • Freshly ground whole-grain flour

Timings


The stores open from 09:00 hours until 21:00 hours



Location


  • Neelankarai Store
No:10 &11, Singaravelan Salai,
Chinna Neelangarai
Ph : 044-42821088/9551995512

  • Annanagar Store
No : 88, W – Block, 2nd St
Ph : 9551295577

  • Alwarpet Store
No : 39, Abhiramapuram, 4th St
Ph : 044-42088800/9551395522

The best part is that you can place your orders online as well at the Terra Earthfood online store.

This is not a conclusive list of organic stores. There are plenty of places spread through the length and breadth of the city that sell healthy alternatives to regular food. Leave a message below, if you want help in locating an organic store close to your Chennai home.

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As someone who prefers organic stuff over other foods, you appear to be someone who is also likely to be concerned about the environment. You might want to check some of the ongoing eco-friendly projects in Chennai. I am sure they will spark an interest in the environmentalist in you. These smart green-initiatives happen in your city, in convenient and stunning locations. Be a part of these projects and also help spread the word. Your small gesture will change the face of Chennai.

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