Earth Fare Offers Local Goodness and Better Shopping (a review) and {A GIVEAWAY}

Updated: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for playing- the winner has been notified and confirmed! Oh the grocery store. We all have to go there, all of the time, and it can be….it can be so exhausting, so overwhelming, so expensive, and so mentally draining that drinks are in order by the time you’re done. And then, just when you’ve recovered making all of those decisions, your six year old announces that you’re out of “his” cereal, and your nine year old laments that the yogurt is gone again (as the six year old licks that last of said yogurt off his own lips). And so it’s back to the store you go.

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour a different kind of grocery store- Earth Fare. We’ve had them here on the north side of town for a couple of years, and now there’s a location for south siders in Greenwood. As I toured the store, staff was busy getting everything for the July 16th grand opening. Amanda walked me through the store, section by section, and I was impressed with everything that I saw.

Earh Fare has some store rules, which make shopping easier and if you’re a label reader, a whole lot faster. The food rule are as follows:

  • NO high-fructose corn syrup
  • NO artificial fats or trans-fats,
  • NO bleached or bromated flour
  • NO artificial preservatives
  • NO artificial sweeteners
  • NO artificial flavors
  • NO artificial colors

And for fresh meat and dairy products? NO antibiotics and NO synthetic growth hormones.

Case in point? Check out this candy- it tastes just like it’s supposed to, only with all natural ingredients.

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Earth Fare also focuses on fresh and local produce, and sources a lot of its stock from as close as 100 miles away. It’s good to know that so much of Indiana is represented in the store, and that food producers right here benefit from Earth Fare’s business model.

Take a look and see all of the goodness they are ready to serve up to you and your family:

The bulk dispensers dispense not only granolas, but also things like peanut butter (top).

BULK FOODS

There are a lot of items available for purchase, including nuts, granola, all natural candy, and nut butters. Customers are welcome to bring their own containers or use the ones provided in each area. 

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WELLNESS

The wellness area includes all kinds of over the counter remedies, skin care, and vitamins. There are products for children, as well as natural makeup options. 

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LOCAL OPTIONS

Earth Fare specializes in carrying local products. Local is defined as being sourced from within a 100 mile radius of each store. This shelf offered a selection of local honey, granola, preserves and more. 

See the different shelving? The wood accent denotes Gluten Free items across the store.

 

GLUTEN FREE 

Gluten free shoppers will appreciate the signage, as well as the wood shelving to denote the location of Gluten Free items throughout the store.

I could go on and on (there’s a deli! and a cheese center! and fresh meat! and a smoothie bar! and Kids Eat Free on Thursday nights!), but Earth Fare is one of those stores you have to see to believe. Just go and check it out- you’ll be happy you did. 

{THE GIVEAWAY}

The folks at EarthFare really want you- yes, YOU (well, one of you), to experience Earth Fare for yourself, I’m giving away one $50 gift card to any Earth Fare location to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, telling me how Earth Fare’s Food Rule will make your shopping trip easier- maybe you’re a label reader, maybe you’ve got food allergies or sensitivities, or maybe you’ve committed to eating more locally sourced food. Whatever it is, you can tell me!!

For additional entries, you can share on social media (twitter, Facebook, Google+) however you like, and come back here and leave an additional comment for each share that you make, you may make one share per network per day of the giveaway. For each social share, be sure to link back to this post.

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 9pm. Winner will be notified by email, and have 24 hours to respond. After that, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

 

Thanks, EarthFare, for the tour and for my giftcard, so that I can have some fun shopping too! 

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26 Replies to “Earth Fare Offers Local Goodness and Better Shopping (a review) and {A GIVEAWAY}”

  1. One of the reasons I don’t like grocery stores is because there is so much reading etc. required to stick with my food priorities. This eliminates so many of the problems, making allergy-safe shopping easier.

  2. I’m interested in the affordability of the natural and organic foods. I am trying to change more of what my family, and especially my son, eats. I want him to grow up eating more locally sourced and real foods that Earth Fare offers.

  3. All of those things are important to me!
    As a student of Integrative Nutrition Institute, I am learning about all kinds of healthy items that can be sometimes hard to find. I’ve even ordered things on amazon, but if I can get them locally that would be SO much better! I love that we are supporting local also!

  4. Not only will shopping at Earth Fare make the shopping experience easier (no confusing labels!) but it’ll make the eating experience better. Eating healthy can be hard if you’re not intimately familiar with all that you should be avoiding. Add in the big name companies that make big claims that the uninitiated (but eager to do the right thing) fall for easily, not knowing that a lot of the times these claims are false. Because Earth Fare has taken the guess work out, I won’t throw my hands up in frustration and just eat all the crap I know is bad for me, but at least I KNOW what’s happening with it. I mean, not that I’ve ever done that. But, you know, I can imagine.

    *tap dances off the stage* Pick me!

  5. I love Earth Fare for the amazing selection of cheeses and the deli & salad bar are great for nights when there’s no time for cooking. Earth Fare makes finding local honey (how I treat seasonal allergies) super convenient.

  6. Earth Fare has a great chicken cranberry salad. They conveniently make them without nuts when I come. I have driven to the store just for that alone. Plus, the customer service is awesome.

  7. My brother-in-law was just diagnosed with celiac, and the whole family is learning about gluten free foods and how to cook food that he can eat and actually enjoy, too. He and my sister are having a baby in a few weeks, so this is especially important for me too, as I’ll be cooking a lot of their meals here very soon!

  8. I have one kid with a dairy and egg allergy, and one with gluten sensitivity. We also try to eat real food, and local whenever we can! So this store would be fabulous for us. I know we have one not too far from us, but we often hit Trader Joe’s since it is closest. Would love to go hunt around Earth Fare a little more!

  9. I love their Real Deals that you can subscribe to, and I love how many great things they have for kids! Delicious and good for you food!

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