Craig and I never did make it to Whole Foods the day of their Grand Opening last week in Mishawaka, Indiana. Date Night foiled by a late night at work. It was just as well, though. I heard that the store was utterly swamped, and every day I’d pass by– no matter what day or time – there wasn’t a parking space to be had. Craig and I are fickle about crowds. Being among 20,000 other people at a Police Reunion concert? We are SO there! Being elbow to elbow while trying to get down the cereal aisle of a grocery store? Not so much.
By Sunday night though, we decided it was time to have the Whole Foods Experience.
We Oohed and Ahhed.
We opened our wallets; we poured forth our bills….
…and we took some pictures. Unfortunately, no cutesy poses of me among the melons because they were still insanely busy with a huge crowd of shoppers (seriously, we were like sardines in a can!) but I did manage to capture a few images for you:
The first thing I noticed when I entered the store was how amazing their produce section was. Every color of the rainbow, tightly packed and beautiful looking:
I especially loved the way they displayed their carrots.
I also noticed among the produce that there were items I’d never before seen in a grocery store! Here’s just one example:
Cactus leaves? What on earth do you do with these things? Does anyone know?
I really like it when a business supports the city its in, and was very happy to learn that there are over 20 local vendors who help stock these shelves. Here’s one of Craig’s favorites:
Microbrew beer by Four Horsemen Brewing Company, made right here in South Bend. This didn’t end up coming home with us though, because here in Indiana you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays. Are there any other states in the country that still have this law or are we just super special?
Next up was one of my favorite aisles: The TEA section. Yes, even though I’m a devout David’s Tea follower, I did find myself lingering here for quite a while. I saw many new teas I’d never seen before..
Next stop: the deli. There were salads and sandwiches and pizzas, and……well, you get the picture.
No? Well you’re in luck then, because here’s another photo for you:
Where else can you get Artichoke, Fennel and Edamame salad? We picked up a half pound and it was really quite good.
Next we made our way to the Spice aisle:
I heard from you to watch out for this unique WF gem, and you were right – purchasing spices fresh when a recipe calls for it instead of paying for an entire container that will likely sit on the shelf way past its expiration date is just plain genius.
I have one more photo to share with you; I’m sharing it for two reasons. One, because Craig took it and wanted to contribute to my post – very sweet. Secondly, for those of you who have always had the idea that I was tall and
sinewy willowy- a very complimentary vision that Roxie had of me before our first blogger meet-up a few weeks ago…oh, how I wish I could have met that expectation - here is proof that I am indeed a shorty. See me on my tiptoes?
When I saw this snapshot I asked Craig if I stand that way very often. His answer: ‘Every single time you stand at a counter.’ I didn’t realize I did this, but I really have to so I can see what I’m doing! lol
So, there you have it. I can’t wait to get back to the store so I can linger down every single aisle with plenty of room for a shopping cart; I still need to find the Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter that Mary mentioned in my last WF post! Mmm!
Have a great day, everyone.