New to the UAE or just new to organics? Helen Horne reveals the best places to get all your organic goodies…
Not just fresh fruit and veggie boxes, Ripe offer a whole host of local, organic, and seasonal produce from farmers and producers in the region to compliment your box. Since its launch in Summer 2011, Ripe has gone from strength to strength; rolling out delivery and collection points for their boxes, three markets; two in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai, together with their farm shop in Umm Sequim, just off Al Manara Street. Street 8a, Umm Sequim 2, Al Manara Road, Dubai
Where and when: Umm Sequim farm shop open 9am – 6pm Sun to Thurs, Sat open 9am to 5pm, closed Friday. Ripe markets are held in Dubai at the Courtyard Al Quoz every Saturday 9am to 1pm and at Le Gourmet, Jumeirah 1 every Friday from 9am to 1pm.
In Abu Dhabi, Ripe is at Jones Al Manoura every Monday and at Jones Al Raha every Thursday.
Tel: +971 4380 7602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ripeme.com
DOWN TO EARTH ORGANIC FOOD
Offering organic produce direct from the farmers, DTE came to the Dubai market in early 2011 with the opening of their Jumeirah-based shop (up near the big flag). The shop now offers more than just the DTE range, they’ve expanded to include products from European and Indian brands. With a newly refurbished online store, you don’t even need to leave home to get your wholesome goodies! You’ll also find them at most of the farmers markets and on the shelves of other organics outlets across Dubai. What seems to be a common problem is availability of stock.
Where: G11, Sheikh Hamdan Complex, Opposite Union House, Jumeirah 1. When: 9:30 am to 9pm, 7 days
Tel: +971 4386 3391 or email: email@example.com www.downtoearthorganic.ae
BLUE PLANET GREEN PEOPLE
Launched in February 2012, the BPGP shop in JLT offers a range of organic and eco-home, body-care and health foods, along with fruit and veggie produce from local producers. BPGP have launched a new farmer’s market in front of their JLT store on Fridays between 11am until 3pm. Where: BS4, Al Seef 2, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai
When: Sat to Thur 9am to 8.30pm and Fri 9 am to 12 noon and 4pm to 9pm.
Tel: +971 4369 5209 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.blueplanetgreenpeople.com
GREENHEART ORGANIC FARMS
Elena Kinane is the founder of Greenheart Organic Farms, a company that manages a number of different UAE-based farms and then sells the freshly harvested organic produce to Dubai residents,
via designated collection points or through home delivery (minimum order Dh100). All the produce on offer is chemical and pesticide-free. The farms practise bio diversity, crop rotation and companion planting, take steps to conserve water and energy whenever possible and use environmentally friendly packaging. At the moment you can purchase mixed summer bags (AED 60) or boxes (AED 100) containing courgettes, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, fennel, okra, beetroot, peppers, basil and more. As the weather cools, customers will be able to order items on an individual basis. Greenheart has recently collaborated with N_K_D Pizza (www.nkdpizza.com) to create two pizzas and three salads featuring ingredients sourced directly from the farms. A website and online ordering system is in place and you can pop in to the shop in Arjan, Al Barsha 2, close to the Arabian Ranches roundabout. www.greenheartuae.com
THE GREEN ECO STORE
The GES sells a range of eco-friendly, recycled and organic household goods, personal products and gadgets in its Mercato Mall store and online. Where: Ground Floor Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
When: Sat to Thurs 10am to 10pm and Fri 1pm to 10pm
Tel: +971 4332 7693 or email email@example.com www.thegreenecostore.com
THE ORGANIC FOODS & CAFÉ
Probably one of the best known choices for everything organic, the OFC stocks a wide range of products, mainly European brands together with their own brand goods.
They also have cafés onsite, home delivery available, plus a catering and cakes to order service. One of the problems I find with the OFC is stock availability.
The Nutrition Store within OFC stocks organic skin and body care ranges, together with one of the most comprehensive ranges of high quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements in the UAE.
Where: Dubai Mall and The Greens in Dubai with two more planned for 2013 in Jumeirah and at The Oasis Centre. In Abu Dhabi at Masdar City.
When: Dubai Mall 9am to 10pm daily. The Greens 9am to 8pm daily. Masdar City 9am to 7pm, closed Friday.
Tel: +971 4434 0577 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.organicfoodsandcafe.com
UNIFRUTTI,THE GREEN LEAGUE , DUBAI GARDEN CENTRE
The biggest importer of a full range of certified organic fruits and vegetables all year round. Green League is the only supplier of organic mangoes and bananas, Fair Trade strawberries, avocado, plums, grapes, sweet potatoes and more. They’ve just partnered with local company GreenHeart Organic Farms to provide the freshest and highest quality of rocket salad, kale (more than six varieties), spinach, basil, radish and more. All organics are strictly certified by the EU regulations and meet all international standards.
Where: Every day at Fresh Corner in the Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd and every day at Lafayette Gourmet, Second floor Dubai Mall. On weekends at Down to Earth, Jumeirah 1. Tel: 056 176 2992 or email: email@example.com. Facebook: The Green League, Twitter: @UnifruttiTGL
Holistic Health Coach Helen Horne is the founder of www.livingorganic.me as well as the foodie who blogs about organic eateries in the UAE at www.honestlyfoodie.com.