Earth Fare

Earth Fare

Earth Fare,  an organic supermarket chain, opened recently in town and went to check it out.   I found it to be very similar to The Fresh Market  we already have in town, except there were free samples on a few things and they did have fresh pasta, salad bar and a bulk sugar scrub/bath salts.

They had an olive bar, a dessert and organic meats like they did at The Fresh Market and they even have some of their spices in envelopes in little cubby holes just like Fresh Market does.

I thought about maybe trying out the sugar or bath salts, and although .99 cents might not sound expensive, I put one of small pre-made up containers on scale and it was 6 ounces.  Yikes.   It seems higher than what you would get at Bath and Body Works (although actually it is much cheaper to make on you own at home).

I heard one shopper comment that it seemed to be the same thing you could get at your regular grocery except higher priced and part of that I would have to agree with.   Some of the items were the same thing you could purchase in a regular store for less money.

I was disappointed not to see more of a variety of  fresh fruit and vegetables, but the sample of both the watermelon and pineapple I tried were fresh and tasted great.

On thing I didn’t like that the health/beauty area on the back right of the store was so closely packed together.  Several time I couldn’t and had to back out the aisle and go around if someone with a cart had stopped to look at something.  Sometimes I felt I was in someone’s way and other times that they were in mine which does not make for a comfortable shopping experience    The aisle were wide in the back  left  of the store and out would seem it would be a better plan to space things out a little more evenly.

They did have a 3 gallon glass jug of Apple Juice for $7.77 that was a good deal and I was going to pick up but the line was taking too long and we had to get going.

For me personally, I will stick with visiting our local 3 Rivers Co-Op as far as anything health food or organic as they have a better bulk foods/spices/tea selections and although don’t have a salad bar, they do have deli and a hot bar.

Also, it is not really worth the drive across town and the prices seem to be about the same.

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