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Martindale’s Natural Market is known as the 1st health food store. Founded in 1869, the market has a long and vibrant history.

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Dale Reece Awarded INFRA Legacy Award

Dale Reece Awarded for 150-Year-Old Store Dale Reece, primary owner of Martindale’s, accepted an award at a retailer’s national conference in June. INFRA (Independent Natural Food Retailers Association) surprised him in Minneapolis with the 2019 Legacy…

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In Memory of Franco

Remembering Franco Prezio June 26, 1946 – May 26, 2019   Franco touched the lives of hundreds of people while working in the supplement aisle at Martindale’s. His passion to guide people naturally to good health…

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High Hopes for Hemp

On December 20, 2018, the United States Congress passed the Farm Bill, finally legalizing the commercial production of hemp. With the stroke of a pen, nearly 50 years of prohibition of growing one of the most…

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Dale Picks the Vitamix Prize Winner

May 4th – A Day to Remember May 4th, 2019 was a great day for Martindale’s! Not only was it Customer Appreciation Day with savings throughout the store, but we also had a morning party. The…

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Customer Appreciation Day Coming Soon

Saturday, May 4th 10% More – Discount Day Saturday, May 4th, is our designated Customer Appreciation Day! There will be huge savings throughout the store all day. Over and above big savings from our top brands,…

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Nutritional Visionary – Thomas C. Martindale

Thomas C. Martindale, our store founder’s son, was a pioneer in health and wellness; Philly’s own nutritional visionary. Decades before Dr. Oz, Richard Simmons, or even Jack LaLanne, Thomas C. imported unique dietetic foods for his…

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Prizes, Prizes, Prizes – Our Anniversary Giveaway

Founded in 1869, we are known as the country’s first health food store. We will celebrate our 150th year anniversary this spring with an in-store random drawing Giveaway of cool prizes from our many sponsoring partners.…

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Naturally Done Up

Read another blog post from our store’s founder, author Thomas Martindale from his many travels in the Upper Yukon around 1913. Then read today’s sequel. Here is a glimpse into women’s lives more than a hundred…

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In Honor of Bill Martindale

Bill Martindale, a previous owner of Martindale’s Natural Market, has passed on to his eternal reward with his Lord Jesus Christ on November 18th, 2017.   With a lifetime of healthy choices, he lived to just shy of a hundred…

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Memorial Service for Jim Martindale

Jim Martindale, a previous owner just short of a hundred years old, passed on March 19, 2017, to his eternal reward with his Lord Jesus Christ. He survived his sweet wife, Fran, by several years.   After…

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Java Joe – Moving On

It’s been almost 20 years and Joe is retiring! You may know him as “the coffee guy” because his expertise with all things coffee has served our customers for many years. Joe, as the coffee buyer, has…

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Thomas Martindale on Wildwood

Thomas Martindale, founder of what is now known as the 1st U.S. health food store, was a prolific author, merchant, and hunter. He loved nature and writes of the Wildwood area 111 years ago: Few regions…

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We’re Celebrating Retailer of the Year

Martindale’s Natural Market is thrilled to be one of two stores nationwide awarded Retailer of the Year. Enzymedica – The Enzyme Experts – granted this distinction last week in the form of a custom wall plaque and…

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Regarding an Inspiring Yukon Woman in 1913

He married an Indian woman who is without question the handsomest woman of her race that I have yet seen… She is an adept with the rifle, is skilled in trapping, in tanning hides, and in…