Metro Times 2014
Best Indie Health Food Store
According to Natural Food Patch of Ferndale owner Joel Fisher, being healthy isn’t just for the wealthy. Natural Food Patch gets fresh organic produce every other day — it’s the same organic fare you see at larger chains like Whole Foods,...
Metro Times 2007 Best Alternative Health Food Store
Yes, there's actually another health food store besides Whole Foods! The Patch makes up for its limited space by providing the best selection of dairy alternatives, supplements, fair-trade and organic foods, including vegetarian and vegan food options at great prices.
Detroit News: Green grocer outgrows plot, looks for new spot
FERNDALE -- Retailing fresh veggies, organic cereals and green teas have proved healthy for Joel Fisher's business, Natural Food Patch. He outgrew his 5,200 square foot store in downtown Ferndale and needs a larger space to cultivate more customers.
"We have a wonderful, mixed clientele who come for good prices, real customer service. We couldn't get this demographic anywhere but Ferndale," Fisher said as he begins his 10th year in business. Read More.
Detroit News: Former F&M owner's new business grows
FERNDALE -- Joel Fisher made selling toothpaste, antacids and toilet paper at discount prices popular when he started F&M Distributors with family members in the 1960s. Now he's tapping into another discount market with organic foods, natural products and alternative treatments.
Fisher opened Natural Food Patch, a 5,200-square-foot health food store on West Nine Mile in Ferndale, in 1999. With sales growing 20 percent annually, Fisher plans to open a second store in Macomb County within a year. Read More
Organic food comes naturally to dad, son
FERNDALE -- The Natural Food Patch is stocking all the fixings for a vegan Thanksgiving, including organic pumpkin, whole wheat flour pie crusts, turkey-tasting tofu and plenty of vegetables. Keeping up with seasonal demands for healthy taste buds has helped the store attract 450-550 customers daily to its downtown Ferndale store.Read More