The Granary has been a staple in Orange Park health food circles since before I moved here in 1989. Nelson Helmuth's mother founded the store and Nelson has continued the tradition of the first health food store in Orange Park.
1738 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park FL 32073
The Granary is located in a charming old house, and the feeling is more like a country store as the floor boards creek beneath your feet while walking through the rooms of The Granary. The front room as you walk in is full of vitamins and holistic health products. (I think the front room must have been the front porch at one time.)
You walk up a step into a small room with some more vitamins and usually a sample of some tasty crackers or dip. To the right is a room with the bulk food and dry goods. A cooler joins this room, and that is where indiviually packaged flour, rice, fructose, nuts, dried fruits, and healthy confections such as yogurt pretzels are stored.
When we first started shopping at The Granary, you could measure your own flour, rice, etc., but as their stock grew, this just took up too much room, so the employees pre-measure and package the dry goods. I miss not measuring my own stuff, but I guess it's better to have more choices of products.
Go back out into the small room, then into another room going towards the back. The rest of the Granary is one big room. The first area has breads, fresh vegetables, teas and other dry goods. The refrigerated items and frozen items are just beyond these.
Moving on to the rear of The Granary, you will find their book selection and health and beauty products. Their household products are also in this area.
Orange Park's health food store has a good selection and knowledgeable employees. They have been active in the past with public awareness about issues concerning the St. Johns River and other important topics of the environment and health.
Directions to the store: Travelling south on Blanding from I-295, turn right on Kingsley Avenue. The Granary is on the right hand side about a half mile down the road. If you are traveling south on Highway 17 from I-295, turn left and The Granary will be in the left just past the Chamber of Commerce.
1738 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073-4438