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Welcome to The Patch! Where good food, good health & good people come together.

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our story

Nature’s Food Patch was founded in 1987 by Mr. Amort after being diagnosed with cancer. He decided to fight the cancer by living a macrobiotic lifestyle. With his desire and passion in wanting to help others improve their health, he decided to buy and refurbish the Clearwater Community Co-op (est. 1976)… and The Patch was born! For 35 years, his enthusiastic support for the natural foods movement lives on. His children preserve his legacy by continuing to inspire our community through knowledge and providing better nutrition for a healthier lifestyle. In 2018, The Patch expanded their community and opened a second location in Downtown Dunedin!

*Nature’s Food Patch is not affiliated with any religion or religious organization. The Patch embraces people of all races, cultures, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders, abilities & religions.

the quality mother nature intended for your good health

– Mr. Amort, Founder
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our mission is clear

We are a community grocery store dedicated to providing our valued customers with the finest quality natural and organic products. We have high standards and closely review the ingredients of all products before they are put on our shelves.

We are committed to organic farming and sustainable agriculture as the future of world food production. Many years ago, we began the fight against genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and have implemented a Non-GMO Policy for the products in our stores. 

We aim to be a company that enthusiastically serves and respects our customers and team members alike. Our team members take pride in their work and the customers they serve. After all, we are one big Patch family! We strive to operate with integrity, so as to be deserving of your trust.

We’re dedicated to discovering the benefits of good nutrition, a natural lifestyle and holistic health. Visit our blog for the latest wellness studies, recipes & other Patch news!

Three men holding large check donation to Dunedin Cares Food Pantry at Nature's Food Patch

ban the bag! bring your own!

On Earth Day in 2008, we launched our “Ban the Bag” campaign in which we donate 5¢ per reusable bag to a different charitable organization each month. It has allowed us to carry out our vision of inspiring our community to build a healthier world.

Since that time – as of April 2024 – we have seen an estimated total of 1,037,594 reusable shopping bags from our wonderful customers. Because of this, we not only reduce our individual carbon footprint, but we also have a greater impact towards preserving our planet by working together. To date, we have made a total donation of over $51,000 to our community! Thank you for being a big part of what we do!

We’ve donated to local charities including:

we do the research so you don’t have to

Each and every product at Nature’s Food Patch must meet our exceptional product standards – it’s one of the reasons we’re different. We take health, wellness and natural products seriously. There are just some things that don’t belong in the food you and your family eat or the products you use in your home. That’s why we’re committed to “the quality mother nature intended for your good health!”

your lifestyle & diet is our specialty

From our bulk bins to freezers & across our grocery aisles, we carry items for a variety of lifestyles & diets. If you have a question about any of our products or would like more information about shopping for your lifestyle, we are here to help!

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Circular light orange sticker with written 'Gluten Free' on it
Circular purple and white sticker with 'Low Carb Keto Friendly'
Circular red sticker with 'Paleo Friendly' written on it
circular orange sticker with 'RAW' written on it
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What is a GMO?

A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross breeding methods.

our gmo policy sets us apart

Nature’s Food Patch has held an active role in the fight against GMOs since 1996. We support labeling, the right to know and the right to choose. We were one of the first stores in the country to begin eliminating GMOs from our shelves and we continue to encourage all suppliers of existing products that may contain GMOs to become Non-GMO Project Verified.

New products must have one of the following:

  • No at-risk ingredients

  • Organic certification

  • The Non-GMO Project Verified seal

  • GMO label on the shelf tag

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