Greenville organic supermarkets, Jeju, South Korea
With established supermarket chains such as Emart and the brand new Sammoo Healand Organic Centre providing broader organic choices, Jeju Life devotes some space to investigating our options on the Island. We profile Greenville Organic Supermarkets.
With three stores dotted across the Island, the Greenville Organic Supermarkets offer relatively convenient places to purchase organic products. Carrying a wide-ranging (though incomplete) inventory there is a good selection with one or two more unique items found stowed away in its recesses. We visited the Nohyeong and Gu-Jeju locations.
The steady trickle of foreigners throughout the week to the Nohyeong store tend toward purchasing organic meats from the main freezers. Beef (300g for 16,000 won) and chicken breast (300g for 6,000 won from the freezer next to the counter) prove to be most popular lines.
Non-perishable items such as cereals, cane sugar, cookies, and even expensive ramen, are available. Drinks include hot chocolate powder, organic coffee and premium pomegranate juice (premium indeed at 9,000 won for 500ml).
The fridge next to the counter contains dairy products. Blueberry, strawberry and plain flavoured yogurt in stout glass bottles tastes good. But, considering how fast it will be over, 5,000 won each tends to be on the expensive side. There is goat’s milk, beneficial for those who are lactose intolerant, and locally produced Jeju milk in the dark blue coloured cartons. Unfortunately though, there is no cheese at the store.
From the counter you can also pick up the store’s inventory and special offer leaflet (Korean language only). The staff can order items in for you as they don’t carry everything noted in the catalogue.
The Gu-Jeju store is the larger of the two locations we visited and a little easier to find than the Nohyeong store. It is located across the street from the Gateball Stadium, a few blocks back from the bus terminal in amongst the stadium complexes. Extra items available here include Aceto Balsamic Vinegar (13,000 won for 250 ml), Bio Bircher Muesli (500g for 12,500 won) and Bamboo Leaf Wine (12% alcohol and 2,200 won a bottle). There is also a larger meat selection that includes whole hormone-free chickens (8,300 won for 900g).
It is an expensive place to do your shopping on a regular basis as prices are almost always double those in regular stores. However, for that special dinner, occasional treat or gift, the Green Village Organic Supermarkets deserve a recommendation. They’re also handy for those with allergies and other dietary requirements.