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Organic Restaurants, Cafés & Coffee shops…
Revitalizing food and pure flavors are at the heart of what we do. At Pomegranate emphasis is on a new way of eating – utilizing fresh organic ingredients to prepare food and drinks that tempt the palate and create wellbeing. http://www.pomegranatecafe.com/index.html
Hillside Spot Café and Market
Locally-owned and operated, our chefs bring 20 years of restaurant experience to the table. We’ve created a menu which combines the freshest ingredients in delicious recipes, featuring produce from local farms and producers whenever possible, including Cartel Coffee Labs, MJ’s Bakery, Maya’s Farms, Schreiner’s Sausage, Oak Creek and Four Peaks Brewery http://hillsidespot.com/whoweare.html
The Raven Cafe is a European-style Green Cafe located in historic downtown Prescott, Arizona. We feature a full allorganic espresso bar and a wide variety of small-production beers and wines, many of which are organic, pesticide-free, or biodynamic. Our innovative food is made with organic ingredients and produce from our own local Raven garden. We feature rotating art shows by local and regional visual artists, the best in underground acoustic and local music, and collaborative events with local conservation organizations. The Raven Cafe is toxin-free, using only Dr. Bronner’s soap, Seventh Generation and Citrasolv cleaners, Iodine sanitizer instead of bleach, and Biokleen surfactant. Most of our paper products are recycled, and our disposable cups are made of corn. We strive to make every aspect of our business as earth-friendly as possible.
Why Local? Because local food is fresher and retains more nutrients; because it supports the local economy; because it keeps local agricultural land in production, ensuring that future generations will still be surrounded by open fields, grazing lands and wildlife habitat; because local food increases community food security by retaining the experts that know how to produce food; and because local food has a story — knowing where your food comes from means that its source is not anonymous but accountable… you can even visit where it is raised. Lastly, by eating local food, you are integrating ecology, community, and gastronomy… you are doing good by eating well.
Why Organic? Because organic foods are real foods, they taste better; because our health and our children’s health is the highest priority; because organic farms conserve water and build strong soils; because organic farms work with nature, not against it; organic production is good for the other species, too, by eliminating harmful chemicals that cause reproductive declines and disease. Organic food benefits our bodies, our small farms, our communities, our wild lands, and our wild neighbors. http://ravencafe.com/index.html
Echo Coffee seeks to provide a setting for great coffee in a friendly coffee shop that promotes community, while serving fresh, organic products. WiFi is free, and there are numerous seating choices to match your mood. http://www.echocoffee.com/category/organic/
Luci’s Healthy Marketplace
The Marketplace: Luci’s unique marketplace features quality organic and natural products from reputable local and regional vendors, including meats, seafood, dairy, cheeses, snacks, entrees, wine and beer, supplements, cosmetics, baby care products, pet care products, cleaning products, gifts and more. Luci chooses most of our products herself, and hand selects all of our produce at a local farmer’s market. Ongoing cooking demonstrations are also held in the professional Viking test kitchen, and freshly-cooked meals are available throughout the day.
The Coffee Bar: Luci’s gourmet coffee bar features locally roasted organic coffee, iced coffee drinks and assorted teas and beverages, as well as muffins, bagels and desserts. Free wireless internet is also available for patrons who would like to relax inside or out on the patio and enjoy their coffee and grab-n-go meal. http://www.lucishealthymarketplace.com/
Phoenix Public Market
The Market marks the spot where community revitalization, economic development and a showcase for local small-scale agriculture and local artists and crafters intersect in the heart of the city. Although they cannot claim this is only organic foods, they do get their produce and other foods from local farms, which promotes sustainability and the local economy. http://foodconnect.org/phxmarket/
Arcadia Farms Cafe
Arcadia Farms Cafe is committed to finding and using wholesome, natural, organic and local products. We support family-owned and local farms in our region whenever possible. As a member of Chefs’ Collaborative, Arcadia Farms promotes sustainable cuisine by supporting local farmers and inspiring the public to make healthy food choices. http://www.arcadiafarmscafe.com/
green is a 100% vegan restaurant that features new american style “comfort” food. pizza, po-boys, fresh salads, noodle bowls, all of the food you love made with fresh, vegan ingredients. we use organic products whenever possible, unrefined organic cane sugar in our sauces and soy ice cream, 100% vegan cheeses and mock meats. ask us about our gluten free options! we take our food seriously around here and we love cooking it for you! thanks for eating at green. http://www.greenvegetarian.com/
the herb box
is proud to support our local growers and suppliers using ARIZONA honey, nuts, olives, olive oil, farmers’ cheese, cage-free eggs etc. We use hormone free natural meats and local organic produce whenever possible. Supporting The Simple Farm, Seacat Gardens & Mayas Farm. http://www.theherbbox.com/
Organic, Local, Fresh, Natural – and Preservitive-Free. Pizza, pasta, salads, etc. Gluten free menu items. http://www.picazzos.com/
To us, sustainability means taking the time to locate the very best produce, meat, and seafood partners in each of the communities we serve. When we buy local we can offer a higher quality, fresher, better tasting and more nutritious product.
An Affaire With Naturally Delicious Food. Organic, Antibiotic/Hormone Free, Natural, Locally Grown.
Flyer: Grand Opening http://freepdfhosting.com/699fdd4447.pdf
Resataurant - Our “farm-to-table” cuisine emphasizes fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced meats, cheeses, wines and other delicacies. They purchase their olive oil from Queen Creek Olive Mill. They also have a weekly farmers market through the summer – http://www.wigwamresort.com/phoenix-farmers-market.php
El Chorro Lodge
Executive Chef Charles Kassels culinary vision for the El Chorro Lodge the menu is centered on fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients and also includes many of the traditional El Chorro menu item favorites. His use of French techniques in the development of many new dishes, blending seasonal and regional organic ingredients with influences from Southwest, Continental and Sonoran cuisines, offers a truly memorable dining experience. http://www.elchorrolodge.com/food-menu/
What people are saying
"The passion and momentum for creating sustainable communities is strong, and having a group like Sustainable Communities AZ to bring it all together, from business to education to individuals, it's definitely what we need."
Laine Seaton, Executive Director
Environmental Fund for Arizona
Why bother? What’s in it for me? I’m not green.
All of us are "green" or in other words, we have an impact on our environment based on the daily decisions we make. From our store purchases to our personal habits, we all make a difference.
Together, we make a huge difference which has a direct affect on the quality of our personal health, our environment and our local economy.
Please review the topics under the How To Get Started tab and consider placing some of the no-cost, healthy-living, money-saving, economy-building ideas into practice today.