Yesterday was an exciting day in the life of a prego. Without the energy or physical ability to do too much nowadays, my fun comes in different forms… like spending a solid few hours playing in the kitchen, getting laundry done and checking out a new grocery store in town.
How many people did I just scare away from ever becoming pregnant? 😉
Anyways, big news in Lake Norman country… a new Earth Fare just opened up in Huntersville!
I was anxious to check it out, though a but nervous because my grocery list this week was better fitted for a conventional grocery store, due to needing items like soap and tissues.
A friend of Hubbs has a huge garden and had given me a big supply of sweet potatoes, okra, tomatoes and corn, so I already had a lot of produce to work with for the week.
I arrived in the 95+ degree heat and the parking lot was PACKED. I couldn’t find a parking spot for quite a while, then kicked myself for missing this little gem as I was finally walking inside:
To my disappointment, inside was just as packed as the parking lot.
I get it- Sunday afternoon, new store, it’s going to be busy, but it was incredibly frustrating to try and navigate the aisles with a 9 month pregnant belly and a cart. It slowed down my shopping and stressed me out. Kids were running around, people were clogging aisles and I kept knocking into displays as I tried to navigate the store.
However, there were some positives:
I liked the presence of local produce:
I even saw my first REAL apricot (is that weird?)
They do have a bulk section. It’s not as extensive as some others, like at Healthy Home Market in Davidson, or the Whole Foods I used to visit in Atlanta.
What I think Earth Fare does best is their prepared foods,
and lunch options, including sushi, pizza, juice bar, fresh salad bar, etc. YUM.
I ended up getting most of my list at Earth Fare, but also stopped at Food Lion on the way home to pick up some items I knew I could get for less. Example: I love Cabot cheese, but Earth Fare didn’t have it and their least expensive cheese option was $1 more expensive than the Cabot cheese I usually get at the regular grocery store.
My overall take on Earth Fare was that I like it, but I’m much more likely to stop by for a delicious lunch than to buy my groceries there all the time. However, I could see me working it into my grocery store rotation if I happen to be in the area.
The Earth Fare trip got me thinking about what would be in my perfect grocery store…
- Fresh, local, organic produce
- Large bulk section
- Wide aisles
- A nice flow to the store
- Presence of everyday household needs, like soap and paper towels that aren’t outrageously expensive. 1 bar of soap for $3.99? No thank you.
- Variety. I like organic produce, but I don’t want to be limited to only fancy, expensive, organic bread for $7.00 a loaf because a store is too “high end” to carry Arnold Whole Wheat bread.
- Plenty of check out lines
Maybe it’s because of this pickiness, that I have to go to 2-3 stores a weekend to get the best of what I’m after. Am I too picky?
What is your favorite store to buy groceries?
What is important to you in a grocery store?
PS- don’t forget, today is the LAST day to enter Baby D’s CASH giveaway! 🙂