Many memories from Jon Lien’s childhood involve Cornucopia Natural Foods, the Sayville health food store his mom Lynne Dougherty opened in 1976.
“We have [customers] that shopped in there the first time it opened and know me and my sisters who worked there when we were little kids,” he said.
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The memories continue for Lien who took over the business about a year and a half ago. On Sept. 9, he celebrated a grand re-opening. Cornucopia Natural Foods moved into another space within the Sayville Shopping Center, expanding from 3600-square-feet to 7400-square-feet.
The new space introduced a rustic, natural redesign with help from the local community. Customers are welcomed by a floor-to-ceiling living wall of plants courtesy of Sacred Garden Farms in Center Moriches. The cafe tables were also built out of pallets from local woodworker Pete Carbocci. “We wanted to create a more modern space but still have that old-time home feel to it,” Lien explained.
What hasn’t changed is the heavy focus on healthy. The store prides itself on selling organic produce (much of it is local from farms including Hamlet Organic, Natural Earth and Sacred Gardens) without GMOs or artificial ingredients. The bigger space also gives room for new products, including ones from Laird Superfoods, Forager Cashew Yogurts, Sami’s Bakery and Ace Coffee. Expect more produce and expansions in other departments like cosmetics and household items.
The deli section still remains a highlight selling a slew of delicious options. The changing menu includes several salad options, veggies, sandwiches, burgers and specials like spinach frittata made with free-range eggs. Unique smoothies are also available, including a mint chocolate chip made with coconut milk, banana, spinach, organ protein, mint and cacao nibs.
Those with dietary restrictions are also in luck as there’s gluten-free, vegan and paleo options galore. (That even includes a gluten-free chocolate cake!)
Fresh off this upgrade, Lien eyes future expansions for the family business. Don’t be surprised if you spot a Cornucopia Natural Foods food truck one day or a farm of the same name.
“We’ve been busting out the seams for years,” he said. “The market has grown and we’ve gotten busier and busier.”