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SaintLouieWoman
08-21-2010, 05:18 PM
Ever since moving to Sarasota I've been complaining about the food. I don't particularly like Publix, think they're way too expensive on their produce. I don't like their meat, either.

Sooo, I've discovered the joys of stopping at small local shops. The Amish have several fresh markets. One is called Yoder's, where SR got his free chocolate cream pie (in a separate thread). I stop there once a week on the way back from volunteering at Mote Marine Research Facility. They have the best fresh fruits and veggies at reasonable prices. They also have cheese curds (all the Amish places seem to have them). They're delicious. SR's fav seems to be the garlic cheese. They also get bread from the German Bakery (they're open such a short time in the am that I still haven't gotten to the individual bakery).

There's another Amish place called Detweiler's that has not only the same things they have at Yoder's, but sliced cold cuts and cheese that are excellent and priced much lower than Publix. We went there today because SR likes the big ice cream cones they have---their own Amish ice cream.

I even found another Yoder's (not the same as my usual) in a Westfield Mall. They have things like individually packed spices, plus the normal Amish stuff. It's another excellent stop.

Our grocery bill has gone down, we've gotten fresher food, and we've discovered the joys of eating some of the imported things they all carry from Germany.

Question-----do you ever shop at little individual shops or do you make a once a week sweep through the local grocery store?

hampshirebrit
08-21-2010, 05:21 PM
Hate to admit it, but I live within a 10 minute walk from Tesco, so most of my food shopping is from them. Tesco is sort of food-wally-of-teh-yuk. It's our largest supermarket.

That said, I travel quite a bit, so I'm always on the lookout for specialist places in London and Brugge and beyond. Sometimes I buy organic meat from a local farm as well.

patriot45
08-21-2010, 05:24 PM
I hit the farmers market down the block once a week for fresh veggie, the Feltons market for meat and Sweetbay for the other stuffs! :D Publix does have a great bakery though!

Oh yeah, the super Walmart for bulk paper goods and $5.00 a case Diet Dew!:D

SaintLouieWoman
08-21-2010, 05:28 PM
I hit the farmers market down the block once a week for fresh veggie, the Feltons market for meat and Sweetbay for the other stuffs! :D Publix does have a great bakery though!

Oh yeah, the super Walmart for bulk paper goods and $5.00 a case Diet Dew!:D

We've been getting our meat at Sweetbay's and the bulk stuff at BJ's or if we make a run to either Brandon or Clearwater to the Costco's. I've been avoiding Publix as much as possible, other than for a few of their super buys.

I still need to find a good place for seafood. Publix stuff looks nasty. I got some good stuff at Whole Foods this week, but it's too expensive. Someone told me about a Walt's, but have a feeling it will be expensive, too. But I'd rather eat a little bit of high quality seafood than a raft full of junk.

patriot45
08-21-2010, 05:30 PM
We've been getting our meat at Sweetbay's and the bulk stuff at BJ's or if we make a run to either Brandon or Clearwater to the Costco's. I've been avoiding Publix as much as possible, other than for a few of their super buys.

I still need to find a good place for seafood. Publix stuff looks nasty. I got some good stuff at Whole Foods this week, but it's too expensive. Someone told me about a Walt's, but have a feeling it will be expensive, too. But I'd rather eat a little bit of high quality seafood than a raft full of junk.

Fresh seafood delivery at Sweetbay by me is Tuesdays!:D I've made friends with the fishmonger there!

SaintLouieWoman
08-21-2010, 05:35 PM
Fresh seafood delivery at Sweetbay by me is Tuesdays!:D I've made friends with the fishmonger there!

Thanks, will give them a try. Their meats are good, so it makes sense their seafood would be, too.

Rockntractor
08-21-2010, 06:43 PM
What I don't raise i buy online as much as possible, the rest comes from Braums or Docs in Bixby.

warpig
08-21-2010, 06:46 PM
I shop at Aldi's. I've been saving loads of money. The have limited choices but what they have is good quality.

Articulate_Ape
08-21-2010, 07:13 PM
Ever since moving to Sarasota I've been complaining

ftfy :D

I primarily shop at Shoprite, but also go to Wegmans.

RobJohnson
08-21-2010, 08:16 PM
I have no need to bring a lot of food into the house. So what little shopping I do is spread around at different shops & the farmer's market.

I also have home delivery from Winder Farms (http://www.winderfarms.com/(S(ucdhkn45hppnogicmhqhfbjc))/HomeDelivery/MyAccount/login.aspx) they have fresh bread, great milk and other good stuff.

linda22003
08-23-2010, 09:52 AM
It's pretty much all Wegman's all the time, for us. And that's just fine. :)

noonwitch
08-23-2010, 11:12 AM
I shop mostly at Meijer, but if I need some special ingredients or gourmet stuff, I go to the expensive grocery store. If I need lots of produce, I go to a produce specialty store because their merchandise looks better and is the same price as Meijer.


Meijer is unionized, and it's a Michigan company that actually hires kids on my caseload, so I tend to want to give them my business.

djones520
08-23-2010, 11:28 AM
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at the Commissary on base. Sometimes we'll go to Walmart for a few items, but the prices on base are just about always lower then anywhere else in the area.

PoliCon
08-23-2010, 11:29 AM
I shop at Aldi's. I've been saving loads of money. The have limited choices but what they have is good quality.

We shop both the chain stores and the small stores - Aldi's is one of my favorites though.

PoliCon
08-23-2010, 11:30 AM
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at the Commissary on base. Sometimes we'll go to Walmart for a few items, but the prices on base are just about always lower then anywhere else in the area.


That they are - ESPECIALLY for liquor.

NJCardFan
08-23-2010, 12:09 PM
Where I live you have few choices: Shop-Rite, ACME, IGA, Aldi's. Walmart sells food but not that much(it isn't a Super Walmart). If we feel like driving a few extra miles there is a Pathmark in the next town over but they're closing soon. Now, when we lived in Tucson, AZ we had several super markets within a few mile radius: Bashe's, ABCO, Fry's, Safeway, Albertsons, Super K, Super Walmart. One night my wife and a friend of ours went grocery shopping and they were gone for hours shopping and went pretty much everywhere and shopped according to what's on sale. Saved a ton and it isn't like they burned up a lot of gas because all of these places were in a 3 mile radius. In Durham, NC we had Lowes, Food Lion, Wynn Dixie, Kroeger and even Piggly Wiggly in Sanford.

noonwitch
08-23-2010, 04:05 PM
Where I live you have few choices: Shop-Rite, ACME, IGA, Aldi's. Walmart sells food but not that much(it isn't a Super Walmart). If we feel like driving a few extra miles there is a Pathmark in the next town over but they're closing soon. Now, when we lived in Tucson, AZ we had several super markets within a few mile radius: Bashe's, ABCO, Fry's, Safeway, Albertsons, Super K, Super Walmart. One night my wife and a friend of ours went grocery shopping and they were gone for hours shopping and went pretty much everywhere and shopped according to what's on sale. Saved a ton and it isn't like they burned up a lot of gas because all of these places were in a 3 mile radius. In Durham, NC we had Lowes, Food Lion, Wynn Dixie, Kroeger and even Piggly Wiggly in Sanford.



As a long-time Warner's Brother's cartoon fan, I love it that you have a store called ACME!

malloc
08-23-2010, 04:09 PM
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at the Commissary on base. Sometimes we'll go to Walmart for a few items, but the prices on base are just about always lower then anywhere else in the area.

I wish I could still shop at the commissary. I used to shop there, even after I got out of the Corps, I could over to Luke AFB and shop there, even while IRR. Now I just live way to far from the base, it's on the West side of Phoenix, and I live way out South and East in San Tan Valley. Whatever I would save in money I'd probably spend on gas for that round trip, and it would take two hours of driving anyway.

bijou
08-23-2010, 04:16 PM
I get meat at the local butcher and I tend to by fruit and vegetables at one of the local markets, I live close to a number of supermarkets I go to a cheap one for basics but for specialty items I go to the upscale one or to a specialist shop or farmers' market.

Rockntractor
08-23-2010, 04:20 PM
I get meat at the local butcher and I tend to by fruit and vegetables at one of the local markets, I live close to a number of supermarkets I go to a cheap one for basics but for specialty items I go to the upscale one or to a specialist shop or farmers' market.

I just go out to my backyard in the fall and spring and pick out the tastiest looking animals, haul them to the butcher, and then pick them up in nice neat cryovac packages.

bijou
08-23-2010, 04:23 PM
I just go out to my backyard in the fall and spring and pick out the tastiest looking animals, haul them to the butcher, and then pick them up in nice neat cryovac packages.

I'd love to be able to do that, sadly I don't have the room for livestock.

Arroyo_Doble
08-23-2010, 04:29 PM
No.

Albertson's for the big one, Central Market for the fun stuff, and Carnival about a block away for the Mexican and quick pick-up stuff.

Shannon
08-23-2010, 05:28 PM
I get the meat at BJ's and do my regular shopping at Publix. SLW, I can't believe you don't like Publix. :eek:

Rockntractor
08-23-2010, 05:33 PM
I get the meat at BJ's and do my regular shopping at Publix. SLW, I can't believe you don't like Publix. :eek:

I have heard that petting zoos are their biggest suppliers.

bijou
08-23-2010, 05:35 PM
I get the meat at BJ's and do my regular shopping at Publix. SLW, I can't believe you don't like Publix. :eek:

I can see why SLW may not be too keen to go to Publix in Sarasota :D (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100823/BREAKING/100829943/-1/sports?Title=Drunken-man-arrested-in-impersonation-of-officer)

warpig
08-23-2010, 11:05 PM
No.

Albertson's for the big one, Central Market for the fun stuff, and Carnival about a block away for the Mexican and quick pick-up stuff.

One of the people I work with went to the Carnival on the Northsde the other day. In the store for 10 min came out to no stereo or amps in the truck.

NJCardFan
08-23-2010, 11:45 PM
As a long-time Warner's Brother's cartoon fan, I love it that you have a store called ACME!

'Tis a real place and it's pretty big out here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acme_Markets

Arroyo_Doble
08-24-2010, 09:16 AM
One of the people I work with went to the Carnival on the Northsde the other day. In the store for 10 min came out to no stereo or amps in the truck.

That sucks.

There was some mugging going on for a short time outside of grocery stores on the Eastside. It seems to have stopped for now.

Gingersnap
08-24-2010, 09:54 AM
In the summer, we eat out of the garden or from farmer's markets. We get melons and peaches from Rocky Ford, Palisade, or wherever because I give the field staff money to buy them when they're on the road. We trade produce with the neighbors a lot.

In the winter, I get produce from Sunflower or Whole Foods.

We buy beef a side at a time. The butcher who cuts our beef also sells us meat but I'm not above lurking the "used meat" bin at the regular grocery store. We buy eggs from the neighbors (this year) or from Sunflower. We own "shares" in a dairy operation so we get raw milk, butter, and full fat yogurt from there.

For beans or condiments or frozen veggies, I watch all the ads and go wherever the best deal is. We buy paper goods and baggies and foil at Sam's Club. :)

SaintLouieWoman
08-24-2010, 03:11 PM
I can see why SLW may not be too keen to go to Publix in Sarasota :D (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100823/BREAKING/100829943/-1/sports?Title=Drunken-man-arrested-in-impersonation-of-officer)

I saw that in the paper this am. You've got to watch those Publix police impersonators.

When I was in St Louis a couple weeks ago, I was chatting with one of the Schnuck's employees (I guess the equivalent of Publix, but much nicer). She said she had worked for Publix in Sarasota and that there was no comparison between the stores.

Shannon, I find the produce at Publix (other than an advertised special) almost double what the Amish charge in their fresh markets. I've had to return raspberries and blueberries to Publix because there was so much mold in the middle of the packaging when I got them home. I even returned pork once, because it was unbelievably tough. (and I've never returned meat to a store in my life). It was terrible.

The ex-Publix employee said that the beef Publix has isn't grain fed and doesn't compare to the beef in the midwest. We've gotten some beef that wasn't too bad at BJ's wholesale place and some very good meat at Sweetbays.

When I want good seafood I go to Whole Foods. I also go there for the broth to put in Blue's kibble. The beef and the chicken broth are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than at Publix (or BJ's). I just get the Whole Foods store brand stuff.

I got some excellent herb plants at Whole Foods for $2.99 each. Today at Home Depot saw that their herbs, which were smaller and didn't look that greyt, were $3.49

PC Guy
08-24-2010, 03:24 PM
Nope.