Garden Cove Produce is the second oldest health food store in Huntsville, behind Pearly Gates (which is a fantastic source for vegan-friendly herbs and soaps but not a place to shop for groceries).
I first discovered Garden Cove about a year ago. This store is wonderful. There's a very nice water filtration system (just $.69/gallon), a nice bulk section (non-GMO beans, rice, granola, grains, etc) with a well-stocked and varied spice selection, nice groceries (LOVE the Beanito's Chipotle BBQ chips, the carob-covered almonds, the Follow Your Heart Vegenaise and Gourmet cheeses as well as Daiya cheeses, the juices and alkaline waters, and the fabulous soaps and teas (HIGHLY recommend the Mircale II Soaps--WOW!)). I truly believe they make not just the best VEGAN and VEGETARIAN subs in town but just the best sandwiches in town. Period. The vegan all veggie sandwiches are fabulous as well. I'm also loving their new salads. The produce is well-stocked and varied. I've seen fruits, veggies, and even cacti there not even available at Earth Fare. The produce is certainly not 100% organic, but they truly attempt to keep the GMOs to a bare minimum. Talking with Mr. Artis Sydney can usually re-assure the quality of the produce, a large portion of which is sold from small farms. Ask questions; shop smart! Most of all, the friendly staff is knowledgable, helpful and down to Earth. Overall, it may be the nicest grocery in Huntsville.
Pros: Low, low prices on produce, quality water, and several bulk grains. Beautiful outdoor garden and gazebo (perfect place to enjoy a sandwich and some chips or a salad). Carries unique products not available in other stores. BIG discounts on the first Sunday and third Thursday of each month. FAMILY-RUN SMALL BUSINESS!
Cons: Hours are odd and can be difficult to work around; as a result, it'll be relatively dead some days and hours but packed at other times. The layout is a little odd and small. The parking lot is also small. Sandwiches and salads are not available everyday and sell out quickly. Several items run out of stock and may take weeks to restock, though not always. Overall, the store doesn't seem to get quite the business they deserve.
Please support Garden Cove Produce. If you wish to shop for healthy products, you're missing a lot of products by not shopping there.