One of the most important things regarding food allergies is where you can shop at locally. There are tons of websites out there dedicated to selling food for people with food allergies, and I am so thankful that they exist, but having a place locally to shop is one of the most important things to me.
The nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joes is at least a 2 hour drive from where we live. This is very unfortunate because they carry everything that we need. With the 11 food allergies Kelsie has, those are the two stores that I can count on to have everything that we need.
Then everything changed. A few weeks ago we were in downtown St. Andrews walking around after visiting the farmers market Saturday morning, and noticed a sign in a window that read Almost Eden Organic Market. I didn’t hesitate one bit to run inside and check it out! This little shop has only been open a few short weeks, but seems to be quickly growing, carrying some of the well known brands that we can only purchase from Whole Foods! This is a huge step in the right direction for Panama City. Not only do they carry several of the well known organic brands, that we have found to be allergy friendly; but they also have fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy from a dairy farm a couple of hours away in Alabama.
The owner told me that if we wanted something ordered that we usually purchase at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, to bring in the name of it and that she would try and get it for us! That’s wonderful news, because it’s been 4 months now since I ask Publix to order a box of saltine crackers by a brand that they already carry in house. I doubt I’ll ever hear from them saying they have it in for me.
If you are in the Panama City area be sure to stop by and check them out, tell them you heard about them on Everyday Made Fresh! Like them on Facebook and tell your friends because we want to keep them in business!
Almost Eden Organic Market is located in Historic St. Andrews in Panama City. You will find them at 1101 Beck Ave. Their current hours are Tuesday through Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.