Savannah’s first and still premiere health food market, Brighter Day Natural Foods (1102 Bull St., 912/236-4703, www.brighterdayfoods.com, Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 12:30–5:30 p.m.) has been the labor of love of Janie and Peter Brodhead for 30 years, all of them in the same location at the southern tip of Forsyth Park. Boasting organic groceries, regional produce, a sandwich and smoothie bar in the back, and an extensive vitamin, supplement, and herb section, Brighter Day is an oasis in Savannah’s sea of chain supermarkets.
A throwback to the South’s old ways and a pleasant spot to pick up some fresh area produce downtown is Polk’s Fresh Market (530 E. Liberty St., 912/238-3032, Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.).
If you need some good quality groceries downtown—especially after-hours—try Parker’s Market (222 E. Drayton St., 912/231-1001, daily 24 hours). In addition to a pretty wide array of gourmet-style victuals inside, there are gas pumps outside to fuel your vehicle.
A local tradition for 20 years, Keller’s Flea Market (5901 Ogeechee Rd., Exit 94 off I-95, 912/927-4848, www.ilovefleas.com, Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) packs in about 10,000 shoppers over the course of a typical weekend, finding a range of bargains in antiques, home goods, produce, and general kitsch. Free admission, concessions on-site.
A short ways into southside Savannah is a Fresh Market (5525 Abercorn St., 912/354-6075, Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.).
Currently there’s only one true supermarket in downtown Savannah, Kroger (311 E. Gwinnett St., 912/231-2260, daily 24 hours).
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition