Today is a big day here in Columbus. A new grocery store is opening and I am SO EXCITED about it! It’s called Earth Fare and it’s known as “The Healthy Supermarket”. Yesterday, the hubby and I had the privilege of getting a little sneak peek into the store on the day before it opened. We were given a tour and I took lots of pictures.
This store is a great representation of what I believe about food. Check out their mission statement: “To feed and inspire the healthy person inside you”. I mean really, could that BE any more up my alley? Their food philosophy is also amazing: All the foods in their store are free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. There are no trans fats, no antibiotics or growth hormones in the meat or dairy and no products that contain high fructose corn syrup.
The bulk section is amazing. Tons of nuts, seeds, grains, baking supplies and trail mixes. I was in heaven. They also have a grind your own nut butter section AND a bulk liquid section with honey and agave (SO COOL!). They provide containers but also allow you to bring your own containers. They can tare them for you at the customer service counter and reuse to your heart’s content!
All over the store they have special spotlight displays with items that are on sale or a collection of great finds or staff favorites that change monthly. They also have a large section of prepared foods. We spotted some pre-made sweet potato & black bean quesadillas that we are dying to try! And they’re all about letting you try their products. If you see something you want to try before you buy it, just ask a team member and they’ll open up a package for you.
They make it easy for gluten-free shoppers by gathering a lot of GF products and putting them on one section of shelves, marked by wooden rows of shelving instead of metal for easy identification. There are gluten-free products throughout the store marked with special tags, but these sections of shelving make it easy to find a lot of GF products all in one place.
They also have a self-serve fresh juice machine and a scoop your own freshly-made pasta section, which may or may not have been the highlight of the whole tour for me!
In the cafe section, you’ll find pizza by the slice, a hot food bar, a cold food bar and an olive bar. They also have a drink bar with kombucha on tap! Oh, and the slicer they have to slice your meats and cheese is totally old-school and cranked by hand just like the original ones used to be.
You can sign-up on their website to get weekly coupon emails, or set it up so they come straight to your phone.
Earth Fare also believes in building community. They have a community events calendar on display by door:
On Tuesdays they go back to the Good Old Days:
On Wednesdays they do a Sips and Snacks food & wine tasting.
And every Thursday night, kids eat free:
I have literally been waiting MONTHS for this store to open, so you know I’ll be there doing some shopping today. They were even nice enough to provide me with a giftcard to get me started. If you’re lucky enough to live near an Earth Fare location- there are stores in North Carolina, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida and Kentucky–stay tuned because on Saturday I’ll be back to show you what I bought during my first trip to Earth Fare and a you’ll have a chance to win a $50 Earth Fare giftcard of your very own!