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Morning Harvest aims to succeed — naturally

If organic food and supplements are your thing, then Omana Korah has the store for you.

When Korah moved to Port Orchard a few years ago from Florida, she noticed the town was without an all-purpose organic and health food store.

“In Port Orchard, this is the only health food store that carries groceries and produce and a wide selection of supplements,” Korah said. “There’s nothing close by. The closest that comes close to what we’d like to be is in Tacoma. So there’s not a store like this in the immediate area.”

Korah decided to fill the need and opened Morning Harvest in the High Point Shopping Center along Bethel Road. The store opened June 19 and Korah is hoping to have a grand opening in late July.

“It’s a natural food store,” Korah said. “We carry only natural foods, but we’re trying to carry mostly organic and certified organic.

“I had wanted to open (a store like this) for about the last 10 to 12 years,” Korah said. “And I started seeing the need for this kind of a store.”

Certified organic products are produced without any kind of chemical chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, chemical growth regulators/hormones or antibiotics.

The store has in stock organic produce delivered fresh each Friday morning as well as organic breads that come freshly baked from Essential Bakery in Seattle on Wednesday’s and Saturdays.

Other organic products Korah has stocked her store with include all kinds of food products from breakfast cereals to frozen foods, beverages, baby food, pet food, household cleaning products and vitamins and supplements.

“We do also carry just natural — things that are not certified organic, but it doesn’t have any hormones or preservatives or additives in it,” Korah said. “In a grocery store, you won’t find a lot of the tings that we carry. In the past, you had to go to a specialty store.”

But one thing that she sells that is unique to Port Orchard is organic wine and beer.

“That’s is very unique to this store,” Korah said. “Even in Marlene’s, in Tacoma, you don’t see organic wines or beer. And taste, you really can’t tell the difference. It tastes just as good.”

Korah’s wine selections includes bottle from California, Washington, Idaho, France and Italy in many different varieties from merlot and syrah to chardonnay and riesling.

And just because Korah’s products are certified organic, don’t expect to see sky-high prices.

“Everything is very reasonably priced,” Korah said.

The organic beer is on the way as well and will be sold cold.

Korah has also included a reading area in the store and will begin serving organic coffee and tea to pa-trons.

“It’s just a place for people to sit down and read books and what not,” Korah said. “We hope people will use it in the winter and fall.”

And while Korah is still in the process of getting the store fully stocked, she wants to hear what the customers would like to see on the shelves.

“We are taking requests from people to see what they would like to see in the store,” Korah said. “And we have been getting many requests.”

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