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Vegan Food in New Haven

Elm City Market is New Haven’s number one destination for vegan foods and plant-based eating.  We have many prepared vegan dishes, an extensive line-up of dairy alternatives, and the freshest and most extensive offerings of organic fruits and vegetables in New Haven.  

What is veganism?

People eating a vegan diet avoid all products derived from animals. Vegans, like vegetarians, shun meat, poultry, and fish.  Unlike vegetarians, vegans avoid all foods that are derived from animals, including eggs, milk, cheese, and even honey.

Why eat a vegan diet?

There are many reasons people choose a vegan lifestyle, including:

  • Health: Studies have shown that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
  • Environmental Concerns: Eating a plant-based diet consumes fewer resources, and eliminating animal products can reduce your carbon footprint and greenhouse gases.
  • Animal Welfare: Many vegans steer clear of animal products in protest of animal treatment in industrial agriculture.

Any health concerns for vegan diets?

The biggest challenge in eating a vegan diet is to ensure that you’re getting enough protein. Plant-based sources of protein include peas, beans and lentils; nuts, seeds, soy products like tofu and tempeh, and whole grains. Vitamin B12 can also be tricky to replace from plant sources; though many soy products are fortified with B12, a supplement ensures you’re getting enough. And iron and/or calcium deficiency can also occur; to avoid it be sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, and add a supplement if necessary. Elm City’s Wellness department stocks any supplements you might need to support a plant-based diet.

Where can I find vegan food at Elm City Market?

It’s simple! just look for the green “VG” shelf label throughout the store to identify vegan products.

Our dairy department stocks VeganEgg soy-based egg replacer, Earth Balance vegan butter, plus an enormous range of plant-based milks, including pea protein-based Ripple, oat milk, hemp milk, soy milk and nut milks. The yogurt options are just as diverse, including Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt, Nancy’s Oatmilk Yogurt and Forager Cashewgurt. And get your cheese fix with Miyoko’s cashew-based cream cheese, soy cheese from Tofutti and Daiya, and Parmela Creamery’s Nutcheeses.

In the refrigerated case you’ll find plant-based “beef” crumbles and “chicken” strips and fingers from Gardein and Beyond Meat, and “pulled pork” from the Jackfruit Company. Choose from a large selection of veggie burgers and sausages, plus Field Roast Chao Slices to top those burgers. And in the freezer case you’ll discover yet more choices for veggie burgers, plus coconut- and other plant-based ice creams.

Don’t forget about Elm City Kitchen for quick, delicious prepared meals. You’ll find protein-packed vegan entrees, salads, and sides. And we blend all our breakfast smoothies from fresh-squeezed juices, ripe fruit, and plant-based milks.