Whole Foods Market in general carries the largest selection of organic produce of ANY OTHER GROCERY. Also, things marked as "made right here" are literally made fresh IN STORE each morning. They're even rolling out a new fresh squeezed orange juice program at this store. Who does that? People who care about taste and quality of the products they provide.
There will be over 500 local vendors with 90 new local products offered. And when they say LOCAL, that's exactly what they mean. If it says local, it isn't even brought in from California. Even the full service florist is whole trade and as locally sourced. And, I mentioned this in my Mother's Day post, all items available at all Whole Foods Market locations are free from artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives.
The bulk selection is no less impressive, with over 350 items available. All items are from local producers, and labels even include harvest dates. The Greenway location is the first to have the wide selection of nut grinders. I am now obsessed with the hazelnut chocolate butter. So. Good. And way better than prepackaged versions. It's an example of their team member creations. Someone on the team said "Why not put chocolate chips in with the hazelnuts in a grinder?" and the management team listened. This is a program they are excited about and plan to grow and evolve throughout all departments.
The specialty department is huge. If you've ever needed just the right cheese, wine, beer, etc. - this is the place to go. The sausage is a favorite of Justin Bieber, and cheese wheels are cut daily. Want a sample? Just ask. Want a specific size? They'll cut it however you want.
And if you want something from the deli or one of the many cafe options - you're in good hands. There's sandwiches, a taqueria, pizzeria, bakery, and coffee and fresh (full service) juice bar. Seating in the cafe area will accommodate over 80 people. With a fire pit, heat lamps, and covered seating, even the outdoor seating (which is amazing) should be available pretty much year round.
And this is what I had for lunch at Whole Foods Market at Greenway the day of my tour, pulled fresh from the oven:
If you're interested in "one-stop shopping", Whole Foods Market also offers a Whole Body department.
Local Producer Loan.
This art installation (to be completed by the grand opening Wednesday May 21) was created by a second grade class at Mary Woodward Elementary. The school is also the recipient of a $2000 Whole Foods Market/ Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant. Just a little more awesome, right?
If you're available, you should attend the grand opening bread breaking ceremony this Wednesday at 8:30am. Doors officially open at 9am. The first 100 shoppers will also receive gift cards to the store (in denominations ranging from $10-100)! Oooh - and if you didn't know, Whole Foods Market has their own private label products "365 Everyday Value." Great products at a great price, and 25% off (at the Greenway location only) this Wednesday and Thursday in celebration of the grand opening! The line includes everything from soup to shampoo.
Although I was invited to attend the media tour (and received a few samples, including that delicious pizza slice!), I was not compensated in any way for this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I would not promote something I don't believe in sincerely. When I told my husband about wanting to attend the Bread Breaking ceremony, his genuine response was "Well, you do love Whole Foods."
Let me know if you'll be getting up early to take part in the festivities! It sounds like it's going to be fun. I'll be there snapping pictures with my phone and looking for bubble bath!