If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, then you know just how hard it is to find cheap food to accommodate those allergies. From lactose intolerance to Celiac disease, there are a plethora of foods you cannot eat and barely any that you actually can. However, once you find the right store choices seem to multiply. So where can a person with food allergies living in Charlottesville go for their special food needs? The Charlottesville Farmers’ Market is coming up in a few weeks. This will be a great opportunity to shop for a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as herbs and spices. Fruits and vegetables are a staple for most of those trying to avoid potential allergic reactions (unless, of course, you are allergic to a fruit or vegetable). At the Farmer’s Market, keep a look out for honey. If you are highly allergic to pollen, eating local honey can help reduce the reactions you will have to spring time allergies. At the Farmer’s Market, you aren’t just getting fresh food, but you’re also buying local and helping the community. So, it’s a complete win for all those involved! Rebecca’s Natural Food, located in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, is a store to check out. However, on a budget it can be a little pricey. This store has a variety of organic, gluten and dairy free options. The shop has a better selection than Kroger or Harris Teeter, but if you’re on a budget than it’s best to stay away. Kroger and Harris Teeter do have a few options that you can purchase, but going there for fruits and vegetables is the best. The fruits and vegetables may not be organic, but their prices are essential for a budget in need of a little help to allow for the other food expenses. At the store in each aisle, you can occasionally find something labeled “gluten free,” but make sure to read the package for dairy free and gluten free markers just to be safe and things are occasionally not labeled. The baking aisle, ironically, has the most options for gluten free products. Bisquick has their own gluten free mix if you’re missing the pancakes you use to love! Whole Foods, located on Hydraulic Road, is the best place to go in Charlottesville for any kind of food allergies or dietary restrictions. They have their own areas for gluten free foods and always have multiple diary free options in each aisle. If you’re a vegan, than this is a great place for you to go too! Whole Foods rests farther than an easy walk, but in the car the drive isn’t too bad. If you want to get everything you need in one location, than this is your best bet. The gluten free pumpkin muffins are delicious! And, they have multiple options for different products. There are lots of different breads, cookies, flour, and more where in most stores you could only find one type.