Sunday, September 28, 2014

Anyone Else Get Excited About a Grocery Store?

by Leann

For most of my adult life I have lived in a suburban area close to a large city. The second largest mall in the area was only fifteen minutes away. Shopping was not a problem. I had many choices and took advantage of them all.

When we moved to South Carolina, the nearest interstate is probably forty-five minutes away. We wanted it that way and I am grateful for the peace and beauty here. The air is clean and when the sky is blue, it is crystal clean blue. No pollution here.

That being said, I was missing a "nice" grocery store nearby that sells organic
food and great produce. This small city has fast food galore and K-mart and Walmart and a few local grocery chains. To buy the kind of food I need for my health, I had to drive to Greenville, more than an hour away. But a 2 hour round trip takes its toll on me. I get pretty fatigued.

Imagine my excitement when a brand new, BIG Publix opened in our town this
past week. I've already been there twice. I went  to get my hair cut this week and one of the stylists was talking about how the new store would be her "go to" place from now on. I'll be right there with her. Grocery shopping is something I enjoy, probably because I love cooking so much.

There is plenty to explore that I haven't yet seen--it's a big place and the crowds were a little much for me to handle. Both times I shopped, I left without an item on my list because I needed to get out. I am not a fan of crowds. But there's a lovely
wine section (even though I don't drink, it's still pretty), a bakery with pastries and fresh-baked bread, a salad bar, an Asian food bar, sushi galore (not for me), a deli and every kind of yogurt you can imagine. And of course they have organic chicken and grass fed beef. Now, that's what I'm talking about.

What about you? Do you enjoy a trip to store? I know plenty of people who don't like buying groceries--it's a chore worse than ironing for them. Oh wait. Some folks like ironing. I'm not on that list. But I'd head to Publix every day if my pocket book could handle it.

36 comments:

lavendersbluegreen said...

I love grocery shopping. I even have a service that teaches people how to shop, budget, meal plan, cook and etc. It is super fun for me!

Leann Sweeney said...

That is so cool! That sounds like a great job--one I'd like to do myself!

Harbinger said...

I used to love grocery shopping and well remember my excitement when the first Wegman's opened just a 20-minute drive away.

But my fibromyalgia and bad knees have gotten so bad that I usually now have my groceries delivered by Safeway. Not a really good experience since they never seem to read the notes I leave for my "shopper", but I've had to make many compromises.

mary kennedy said...

I love to explore new grocery stores, Leann. So many new things to try--I bought jicama for the first time this summer when a Whole Foods opened over the state line. Yes, it's a fun experience!

Leann Sweeney said...

I'm sorry you can't get out as much as you'd wish. Fibro is an evil disease. (I have it, too, so I understand.) We used to have Safeway in Texas and they were bought out. Not my favorite store either. I hear Wegman's is a good chain--like Publix!

Leann Sweeney said...

I know we'll never get a Whole Foods--they stay in urban areas--but there is one in Greenville. Next time I go to the doctor, I plan to stop there. It DOES have the best meat and some great choices in produce. Although I understand why it's called "Whole Paycheck" by many. :-)

Anonymous said...

I've heard nothing but good about Publix stores. My sister lives in SC and shops there. I'm in VA, so Kroger is my store.

Nerissa said...

They have a good pet aisle? Well-stocked pet aisles are super important. My peeps are more into the produce section but I'm all about the pet aisles.

Purrs,
Nissy

Rita Crabb said...

oh so happy for you Leann. When in Ft Walton Beach to visit my son, I always shop there.
It always seems so well stocked full of brands that I have never seen before.
Enjoy. Good things come to those who wait...hugs..

Leann Sweeney said...

I shopped in Kroger for years in Texas and liked their choices--lots of organics. But HEB, a Texas chain, was my favorite there. They had the BEST fruit from the Rio Grande valley, things that don't travel well in trucks to far away places. And a lot of exotic things, too.

Leann Sweeney said...

Nissy, they do. My dog Rosie's absolute favorite biscuits are the Publix brand treats. She can smell them when I bring groceries in the door and gets super excited!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rita. If I have this beautiful view and a great grocery store, I'm happy.

SandyG265 said...

I don't Monday going food shopping. We usually go to shoprite but about once a month we take a trip to Wegman's which is about a half hour each way. Although I line to go to the farmer's market for produce during the summer. Nothing like fresh picked that morning.

Leann Sweeney said...

Farmer's markets can't be beat, Sandy. We have one very close to us in the summer and I have to say, South Carolina has the best peaches I've ever eaten! Peaches are around for almost 5 months, so that's great!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love the grocery store, Leann! I totally get your post. We don't have Publix here in Canada (although we do have lovely grocery stores within an easy drive), but I really enjoy trips to Publix whenever I'm in the USA.


Your location is so perfect, there had to be one little thing, so I guess that fatiguing ride is it. At least there's a terrific store at the end of your ride and great food when you get home.

XO

MJ/VA

Leann Sweeney said...

Now that Publix is only 15 minutes away, no more fatiguing ride! Thanks MJ!

Carol B said...

We don't have a Publix here, but it was where I did most of my grocery shopping when I lived in Florida!

Leann Sweeney said...

I'd never heard of Publix until I moved here, but I'm so glad I found them! :-)

Nancy said...

I Googled Publix and found the nearest one is in Ohio, the next state over. None of the fancy, huge stores are near my location, but we do have a Krogers a few blocks over. Delivery would be great!
You mentioned peaches. I have had such a craving for peaches, lately. I've ordered some Stash peach tea.

Margie said...

I love to grocery shop! I can spend hours in Wegman's or Harris Teeter! Love all the fresh fruit and veggies! Publix is definitely the go to store when I'm visiting family in the south.

Anonymous said...

I don't like to grocery shop but even though I moved from a large city to a very rural part of Ontario we have a indoor/outdoor country market about 10 minutes away that gathers organic and local food, meat and vegetables from a wide radius. In the winter when the selection of local vegetables is scarce we head south (about 30 minutes) into New York state. Just across the border is a newly opened (last year or so) Price Chopper and I'm amazed at the organic produce that they carry. (I'm also amazed at the amount of food like substances that are available as a result of our industrialized food system.) Organic most of the time is essential for my health.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, Stash makes great tea and I love peach--probably the best of any flavored tea. Kroger's was a good store for us in Texas.

Leann Sweeney said...

So from these comments, I am not as weird as I thought! Thank you Margie. ;-)

Leann Sweeney said...

I am with you there! I often to move my cart to let others by as I read labels. Simple food is BETTER food!

Lynda Turpin said...

I get frustrated cooking for one, so I don't cook as much as I should - but I do like having a place with good organic fruits and veggies. Here in the Sacramento valley we don't have Krogers, Publix, Wegmans or Piggly Wiggley (which I've read about in books) - have mostly Raleys/BelAire, Safeway, and small non-chain stores.

However, what we do have are a lot of farmer's markets - some large and many small. They even have small ones at the Kaiser facilities around town several days a week, so when I go to a medical appointment I can pick up fresh produce and breads. And near me are a lot of family-owned strawberry patches. Around April the strawberries are amazingly good and inexpensive.

My favorite store for fruits/veggies, baked goods, fresh soups and other prepared meals is Sprouts, but they aren't especially convenient. So, when I do go, I spend a lot of time just looking around and usually buy way more than I can afford - but it all looks so good. I do have a tendency to buy too much of the fresh stuff and have to share so it won't go bad. I will sometimes freeze some things, but I prefer fresh.

Leann Sweeney said...

Cooking for two isn't much different. I always cook way too much. Safeway is a west coast chain, so it makes sense that's what you'd have. They pulled out of Texas many years ago. I've heard of Sprouts but never been to one. I'll have to see if I kind find one some day!

StephanieHobrock said...

We drive all the way to Tennessee, 7 hours to shop at Publix! I could spend the entire day shopping in a grocery store!
As a part time deli cook at our small IGA, I am always trolling de

StephanieHobrock said...

Delis to find new things! I buy the stuff and eat it to figure out the recipe and come home and cook it here!

Leann Sweeney said...

And I thought a one hour drive was too long! And I remember IGA from when I was growing up in Niagara Falls. It was on Buffalo Ave. (Well, almost everything was on either Buffalo Ave. or Niagara Falls Blvd.)

Leann Sweeney said...

I'll bet you can nail those recipes, too, Stephanie!

Melanie Backus said...

You are a gal after my own heart. I love wonderful grocery stores. We have local chain stores about ten miles away but the closest Whole Foods is a couple of hours away. When we go, I roam the isles slowly and try to absorb all they have to offer. The beautifully displayed produce, the salad bars and bakery........oh my!!!!!! Love your post!

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Leann Sweeney said...

I love a nice leisurely stroll through Whole Foods. The trick is to find a time when it's not completely packed with people!

Lindsay said...

Lol Oh my goodness I was just talking about how I love grocery shopping. My friend hates it and I love it. Preparing for it, making my weekly menu, and grocery list. My favourite chore.

Leann Sweeney said...

Lindsay, I'm surprised at how many of us there are! We need a name but grocery-a-holic doesn't roll of the tongue. :-)

Jan Chaple Johnson said...

I don't enjoy shopping like I did when I was younger, but I love both Publix and Wegman's. Where I'm living now I shop at Kroger, a local market called Seaman's, a health food store (The Farmacy), and a year-round farmers' market. I have certain things that I only buy at certain places, but they're all close to each other. BTW, Publix is employee owned. (I worked for them for a few years when I lived in the Atlanta area.)

Leann Sweeney said...

I know what you mean about not being able to find all your faves at one store and it's nice when the stores are close together. And I love the name The Farmacy! Employee owned stores seem to do really well!