Thursday, March 15, 2012
First Place: Most Vegetarian Friendly
Third Place: Best Grocery Store
There’s plenty to entice the healthy eater into Anne Halloran’s Bamboo Market at 11th and Yampa streets. In addition to organic foods, the market sells locally grown and produced eggs, soaps, herbal remedies, elk and bison meat. A deli inside also makes smoothies, coffee and baked goods, as well as organic meals.
The offerings are part of a large and growing industry Halloran thinks is recession proof and, more important, accessible. “The healthy food industry is so much more mainstream than it used to be,” Halloran says. “It’s dramatic how many more people we’ve had coming in over the years.”
Halloran says since the store opened in 1991, Yampa Valley residents have scoured its shelves and produce department to equip their diets, and others have come because they’re concerned about the side effects of certain prescription medications.
“They look here for a safe alternative,” she says, adding that gluten-free foods also are a hot commodity. Still, Halloran remembers why she opened the store in the first place. “Four years after I moved here from San Diego, I felt like there were other people like me who wanted healthier food options,” she says. “I created a niche for myself. It’s a great feeling to be able to help people live healthier lives.”