From our humble beginnings in the fall of 1973 as the Basil Pot restaurant, Rosewood Market has continued to develop the idea that people can take an active, hands-on approach to their own wellness through delicious food. Apparently a lot of you agreed, because today we’re thriving, happily and healthfully ever after.
Rosewood Market has operated in its current location since June 1989. Prior to this, it was called Rosewood Natural Foods and was located a block away in a smaller store.
Hundreds of people have contributed to the success of Rosewood Market — employees, spouses, thoughtful customers, neighbors, farmers, landscapers, advertisers, maintenance personnel, craftsmen and many others. It is truly a community supported business, part of many peoples’ lives and an influence to the eating habits and healthy lifestyles Columbia, South Carolina residents and those who have gone to places around the world from here.
We are proud to be serving the children of children who ate and shopped at the Basil Pot and Rosewood Natural Foods beginning in the 1970s and hope to continue this tradition into the years ahead.
Our commitment to the environment and to the Columbia community is part of everything we do, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions. You can visit the original ‘local market’ seven days a week, rain or shine.
Here at Rosewood Market, we strive to minimize our impact on the waste stream. Paper and paper products take up the largest segment of a community’s landfill. Cardboard is, by far, the biggest piece of our waste stream at Rosewood Market. To deal with this, we rent a dumpster that is dedicated to cardboard recycling. We are able to divert nearly 100% of the cardboard that comes into the store.
Magazines, newspaper, office paper and register paper are also recycled at the 100% level.
The City of Columbia Solid Waste division picks up Glass, metal cans and aluminum.
City Roots, our urban farm neighbor and supplier, composts organic matter from the kitchen and produce departments.
Our deli serves its food using compostable plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no one available to compost these items, so they go to the landfill.
We receive produce in waxed boxes, which don't recycle. However, we have a vegetable supplier as well as Harvest Hope Food Bank who can reuse them.
Styrofoam and bubble wrap packing material are separated and bagged and offered to a local shipping firm at no cost to them.
We also recycle 6 pack rings, batteries, phone books, wooden pallets and miscellaneous ferrous metal.
Empty 5 gallon buckets and wooden vegetable crates are set at the curb for one last offering of reuse to passers by. More often than not they are taken.
Fluorescent tubes are currently being stored until a recycler can be found.
As a result, the smallest possible trash dumpster meets our needs for the rest of our waste that must go to the landfill.