No matter what kind of lifestyle or diet you need, you’ll find everything you’re looking for at Elm City Market. We stock all the essentials for vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and keto diets, plus a wide array of choices for those who stick with local, organic, or non-GMO foods. Our helpful shelf tags make it easy to shop according to your lifestyle. Don't see something you're looking for? Just ask!

How to Understand Beef Labels

Whether you’re shopping for a ribeye steak or ground beef for burgers, you may not be entirely sure what some of the labels mean. Here’s a handy guide: 


One of the grades given to beef by the USDA, Choice designates very high-quality beef with a moderate amount of marbling with intramuscular fat (remember, fat = flavor!). Choice roasts and steaks from the loin and rib section will be very juicy, tender and flavorful.


The cattle eat a diet of grass for all or part of their lives. Look for the additional phrase “grass-finished” if you want beef that is never fed grain. Beef fed solely on grass boasts richer nutritional profile: lower saturated fat and higher healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as a lower risk of E. coli bacteria contamination. Grass-fed beef is often, though not necessarily, organic. Grass-fed beef is generally leaner than conventionally-raised beef, so it’s best when cooked no further than medium-rare. 

Certified Angus Beef

Angus is a breed of cattle that tends to produce better-marbled beef than other breeds. The Certified Angus brand, created by the American Angus Association. To be labeled “Certified Angus Beef” (or CAB for short), the beef must be at least 51% Angus breed, at least Choice grade, and pass 10 other standards for size, appearance, flavor, and tenderness.

Have more questions about beef labels? Don’t hesitate to stop in our meat department and ask our butchers! 

How to Make Raw Noodles Two Ways

The popularity of “zoodles,” or zucchini noodles, is no surprise: they are a fresh, low-carb alternative to traditional pasta that fit with many of today’s lifestyles (paleo, gluten-free and vegan to name a few). But did you know you can make your own zoodles, even if you don’t have specialized equipment? You can also make raw noodles from other vegetables like beets and winter squash.

This video demonstrates how to make raw zucchini noodles two ways. The first uses a mandoline to create broad, fettuccine-like noodles. If you have a spiralizer gadget you can make noodles that resemble spaghetti. (Want to get your hands on a spiralizer? Come pick one up at Elm City Market!) And don’t miss the tip at the end about when to salt your noodles.

This video is available to Elm City Market customers through our partnership with Rouxbe online cooking school.

Cutting Board Maintenance

Did you know that taking care of your cutting boards is just as important as taking care of your knives? This quick video demonstrates the essentials of cutting board maintenance. Plastic or wood cutting boards are both good choices for preserving your knife’s sharp edge, though plastic boards are a little easier to care for. And when your board reaches the end of its life, you can always pick up a new one at Elm City Market. 

This video is available to Elm City Market customers through our partnership with Rouxbe online cooking school.