I have followed John Durant and several other of the New York Paleo folks. In truth I am fairly jealous. So...
I have decided that a Paleo meet up makes a ton of sense for us southerners. I am new to the Jacksonville, FL area and without my local Paleo resources so I am stuck at the local whole foods (The one in mandarin). I need some local knowledge and support.
I would love to meet some Paleo folks for workouts or picnics or even camaraderie. So... there it is Jacksonville.
No phones numbers, just respond here to generate some interest and I will work on organizing something for us if "y'all" are down!
I'm fairly certain that Native Sun is closed on Sundays...regardless of what their website says you might want to call them on Saturday and double check. I know there are two locations. I, personally, prefer the Baymeadows location better.
Hopefully you'll get this message before Sunday.
I'm from jacksonville and its great to see that there even is a paleo community there. I was literally shocked to see this post when I just opened the website (as I always am with jacksonville related things). Anyway, I'm in college now, so not around anymore, but best of luck. Definitely hope its a success!
Oh man, and how much do you guys love native sun?
This is EXACTLY what I meant. As a newbie to Jacksonville I was not aware of Native sun and was only using the Whole Foods near Mandarin. Now that I am aware of Native Sun it is on the list to visit this weekend!
Learned thus far: 1) Jax Paleos move away 2) Native Sun is a place to forage.
My contribution: 1) Ostrich steak at Clark's Fish Camp was AWESOME but pricey. 2) Black Creek Outfitters has excellent stuff to promote an outdoor sun worshiping lifestyle.
I intend to keep this going so lurkers can learn something as well (even if they are shy about contributing). Lord knows I lurked on this site for a long while!
Definitely check out Native Sun. I used to load up on avocados there. Organic avocado for $1 while Publix sells non-organic ones for $1.39...
BCO is where I got my Vibrams and my slackline. Right across the street is Costco. I love Costco! Buying meat and veggies in bulk saved me a ton of money.
Also there is a Farmer's Market with decent seafood/vegetable stands every Saturday/Sunday on Beach Blvd. There is another Farmer's market @ Jarboe park in Atlantic Beach, it's much smaller than the one on Beach blvd. but it's very nice.
That's all I got for now :)
Native Sun is nice and I will continue to go there. I visited the one off San Jose. Unfortunately Whole Foods (which is only .5 miles away) had a much better selection of organic produce. Native Sun looked more like a supplement store or perhaps a market that caters to vegans. The butcher counter at Whole Foods was nicely stocked and they can even order Rabbit.
New tidbit, The butcher at Whole Foods receives their grass fed beef on Sundays.
Wow - I don't know why I never googled paleo Jax before - what an idiot! I too am a believer in Paleo but don't follow it fully mainly cos I need to know more and I also need to be very mindful of my own health needs.
If you're having another meetup please let me know. Mike and I moved from the UK to Jax 4 yrs ago (retired). Live off Baymeadows and 9A. Within a mile or so of Native Sun which we are in at least twice a week - love the place. I also get fresh farm eggs and some meat from a local farm at Starke. This farm is also at Jarboe Park Green market two Saturdays a month.
I am actually from the Gainesville area but my daughter lives in the Atlantic Beach area so I am over there all the time. I pick up some items at the Fresh Market. Ward's on 23rd Ave. in Gainesville and the Mother Earth stores are good sources of Paleo foods. Rosas Farms south of Orange Lake is an excellent source for pastured eggs, meats, and now they are carrying local cheeses.
Hi, I recently moved here to Jacksonville. The best place to buy bulk meat and eggs is probably at one of the PX's. Want to hear some funny s*it? Im a disabled vet and disabled vets do not get commisary/px access. If anyone has a current military ID/dependent card/base stickers, let me know if you could bring me along, I could really use some stuff. Thanks.
And thanks for the tip about Native Sun, Im going to look it up right now.
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