Eating locally-grown organic produce isn’t just good for the environment and economy, it’s the best way to go to get the most out of your fruits and veggies nutrition-wise…
The key word in fresh produce is fresh. Imagine how you feel after travelling on a plane for more than 5 hours. A bit tired and lacklustre, right? Now, imagine what happens to the fruits and vegetables you are buying, which are labelled organic but come from all around the world. They too have to take a long trip to get to the UAE and during that time they lose some of their nutritional value.
As soon as a vegetable or fruit is picked, vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begin to rapidly decrease. Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes can also contribute to the decrease in nutritional value in fresh produce – giving us good reason to opt for the organic goodies that are produced and sold in our very own neighbourhoods… Whenever possible.
Another benefit to consider when buying locally grown produce is that local farms can allow their fruits and veggies to ripen longer (or fully ripen) since the turn around time to sell them is also much shorter compared to international organic farms (who sometimes harvest before they should, to avoid products spoiling too quickly).
Discover some of the best places to shop for organic, and locally-grown produce with Parent Hive below…
Order your fresh produce online and even sign up for a membership with Farmbox to ensure you always opt for home-made over home-delivered. Boxes are delivered throughout the UAE on Monday and Thursday during two delivery windows. You can choose from weekly deliveries, fortnightly deliveries or one-off deliveries and you can customise the boxes to suit your preferences and needs.
Location: Online shopping only
Contact: +971 (0)58 961 2864
Insider tip: The produce is sourced from European and local organic farms.
Greenheart Organic Farms
Greenheart Organic Farms offer a wonderful selection of freshly-harvested organic vegetables, fruit & herbs, eggs from their very own local farm as well as imported organic fruit, dairy, grass-fed organic meat. Look to Green Heart Organic Farms for wholesale, farm shop, and home delivery services.
Location: The Light Commercial Tower, Arjan, Barsha South 2, Dubai, UAE
Contact:+971 (0)56 640 7060 | +971 (0)4 361 7010
Organic Foods & Cafe
Organic Foods and Café is a family-run, homegrown company that operates organic supermarkets and cafés selling fresh organic and biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and household cleaning products. The product mix features locally-sourced produce alongside international options.
Location(s): Include 4 Dubai stores and 1 Abu Dhabi store. Find a shop near you, here.
Contact: +971 (0)4 338 2911 for customer service. +971 (0)55 544 2578 for home delivery enquiries.
Insider tip: Organic Foods and Cafe have regular %off deals for the whole store minus beauty, Organic Foods’ own brand items and other specials. They also have a loyalty card scheme and online shopping is available.
Ripe has found a number of farms throughout the region who follow the strictest of organic practices and have been put under the all-important produce taste-test. The produce that is selected by Ripe is picked within a few days of being in your hands, which makes it not only nutritious and delicious but also some of the freshest produce you’ll find in the UAE.
Insider tip: Online shopping is available with the option to select home delivery or collection at a store nearest you.
The Farm House
With new organic products available daily, The Farm House work with artisanal suppliers who share their commitment to quality and sustainability. Since launching, their aim has been to give local UAE farmers a place to sell their crops, eggs, milk, and meat. Here you will find fresh organic produce and dairy products in addition to cupboard ingredients including gluten-free foods, organic seeds, pulses, spices, pickles, teas, dates, honey, bio-organic supplements, environmentally responsible household cleaners and laundry detergents and more.
Location: Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai, UAE
Contact: +971 (0)4 361 7577
Insider tip: Online shopping is not available, however, you can make arrangements to receive their customised baskets. Local organic produce and dairy products sold here.
Emirates Bio Farm
In 2016, Emirates Bio Farm started the largest, private organic farm in the UAE – spread over a whopping 250,000 square-metres. Inspired by the teachings of Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE and an early champion of environmental protection alongside the health and wellbeing of all UAE residents, Emirates Bio Farm offers a variety of organic vegetables and fruits, spices, eggs, grains and flours, nuts and seeds, and pantry staples.
Location: The farm is in Al Ain (exact location here). There is no store, online orders only.
Contact: +971 (0)3 783 8422
Insider tip: Emirates Bio Farm sometimes open their doors for special events, visits and experiences – keep tabs on their Instagram page for announcements.