This is a way overdue post!
Mummy promised to share the list of shops & her reviews that she has visited to buy our loot of organic vegetables/fruits. Here goes!
They used to be located at a pretty isolated place called Park House. Some months ago, they relocated to Forum. I haven’t been there myself but I used to frequent them at Park House. The previous batch of staff was really friendly & it’s a pity all of them left. Whether they had been asked to go or left on their accord, I don’t know – because I received a letter from the Management mentioned about the change in staff. I find it odd. Anyway, on their products. They have a good variety of organic fruits & vegetables – many of them are air flown from overseas. I do agree that there might be some loss of nutrients due to the longer time needed to ship these over. But I noticed that their vegetables & fruits still maintained their freshness. Especially the organic apples. I don’t know why but I have purchased organic apples from various stores but the ones bought from Supernature appear to be the freshest. They seemed to remain fresh even after 5 days of leaving them in the fridge. Being in an upscale location & managed by an upscale company, their prices are comparatively, upscale as well. On average, I usually spend more than $30 to $40+ on buying about 4 -5 types of vegetables plus a few apples. It’s pretty expensive, I would say. Besides vegetables & fruits, they also sell meats & other organic products. It’s a nice place to shop but it does burn a pretty big hole in the pockets.
2) Four Seasons
Similar to Supernature, they sell a decent variety of organic products. Their organic vegetables are mostly from local farms.Fruits like apples are always from overseas. There is a fixed delivery schedule for the vegetables/fruits so if you want fresh ones, do check with the store. Prices are slightly lower than Supernature, I would say. They currently have 2 branches – Parkway Parade & Great World City. Service wise – nothing to brag about. They leave you alone to shop. Prices: At least $25 – $30+ for 4 – 5 types of vegetables & a fruit.
3) Eat Organic
They are located just some doors away from my favourite butcher – Meat the Butcher, at Bukit TImah Road. It’s pretty far from where I stay so usually I will only shop there if I visit the butcher. In the beginning, i find their service sucks. Being located at Bukit Timah Road means most of their customers is made up of expats. Naturally, their service will be skewed towards this group better. I found that they served me in a high & mighty attitude & thought of me lowly as a local, who couldn’t afford to buy their products. BUT, after a several visits, I find their attitude towards me changed for the better. They are friendlier now. Prices wise – lower compared to Supernature & Four Seasons. Vegetables are also mostly locally grown & very fresh. Similarly, do check with them on the delivery schedule of the vegetables. They are also selling a good variety of Eberly Organic Chicken. Prices: Excluding the chicken, the spending is never more than $30 for the vegetables & fruits.
4) That Health Shop
Located at perhaps a most unlikely place – Roxy Square. Very small shop with very clustered variety of products. But they have a pretty good range of organic local vegetables. Organic fruits – very limited & no apples at all. Shop is run by aunties but very friendly. Probably one of the better places to buy organic vegetables as I’d hop over to Parkway Parade to shop. Prices: Never more than $25 for the vegetables.
5) Nature’s Harvest Cafe
It’s a cafe that serves vegetarian food. I used to buy from them since they are conveniently located near to my workplace. But since I left, I don’t buy from them anymore. Vegetables are all local. They do sell apples as well but they don’t appear as fresh as they turned brown rather fast. Prices wise, pretty similar to That Health Shop. But the one thing I didn’t like was – the cashier uncle was plucking out his nasal hair just before he served me. Imagine him touching my purchase! Augh.
6) NTUC/Cold Storage
I never believed in buying from these 2 supermarkets. Large chains tend to compromise on the freshness. But for convenience, yes, one may wish to buy the organic vegetables from them. But not all branches sell them. You will have better luck at the larger stores. Very limited variety & I spotted live worms on the vegetables before. That kinda freaked me out but then again – it’s probably really Organic then.
I encourage people to buy organic meats but it’s not a mandate. It’s good enough to buy grass fed, hormones & antibiotics free meats. BUT, for vegetables & fruits, I stress on the importance of organic for their furry kids. Reason is simple – the presence of pesticides is abundant & even after washing, it’s not possible to get rid of it totally. And by soaking them for a long time, lots of nutrients is lost. So i really wonder what is the purpose then of eating the vegetables/fruits?
And all PMR feeders will always emphasize that feeding fruits/vegetables is NOT species appropriate. Dogs are 99.8% similar to wolves. Take for example humans & chimps – our DNAs are 98.8% similar but are we eating the same thing? It’s the same principle. I don’t wish to engage in any arguments with these people so I shall share my own point of view here.
But Dogs aren’t Wolves after all. Their DNA might be similar but there are still a whole lot of differences between the 2 species – the way they are bred, the living environment, the foods they are fed. The differences call for what is needed for us humans, to supplement them with organic fruits/vegetables & supplements.
I’ve seen for myself how Baubles has deteriorated after removing vegetables from his diet. So I decided to add that back. And adding vegetables to their diet does not do any harm to them at all. They digest it well – their poop remains the same. Fresh & Raw Organic Vegetables must be blended & given to them.