Food Shopping in Greensboro
I am heading to the Greensboro/Triad area later this month to make a guerilla food shopping run. I have been told not to miss Giacomo's. I have not spent a lot of time in the area, but assume with the High Point and Winston-Salem area as well, there must be some special markets, farms, growers, etc. not to be missed. Quality is key. I would appreciate as many detailed area recommendations as possible.
It really depends on what your needs are. Greensboro has better asian markets espescially ones that feature southeast asian ingredients. There is a relatively new Asian seafood market on HP road with a wide selection especially given the size of the store. Organic stores such as Deep roots and Earth fare in greensboro and Whole Foods in WInston.
Loads of Hispanic Storesin Winston. Most are essentially corner convenience stores but the biggest is on Waughtown and one of the better ones is at sprague and old lexington.
A Philipino store recently opened on Silas creek in winston but I have yet to go inside.
I have yet to get to the largest farmers market on sandy ridge in guildofrd county but i have been to the market in winston. not sure if they are still open this time of year you can check the city of ws website. If you go go early and get some eggs.
Specialty markets include Tobacco usa. As I think of others I will post. Let us know if there is anything specific you are looking for.
I am actually going down for 2 reasons. One is to stock up my own pantry. The other is to write a foodie shopping guide piece on the Triad. For that reason I am really trying to cast a wide net, looking for the best and most special insider sources that people visiting the area should not miss. Not the Whole Foods, etc. that are available elsewhere. For example, many of us know to pick up eggs at a co-op or farmer's market, but not necessarily to get Joe's eggs, which he gathers from his flock of heritage chickens and sells at a certain spot on a certain day...any tips on special vendors and the products that make them special would be appreciated. Thanks again.
For Country Ham and country jams and relishes try Ronnies Country store in downtown Winston. Ollies bakery on the other end of downtown has a great american sandwich loaf and you have to try the beesting. One of the few places to get blenheims ginger ale in the city on a consistent basis
In addition to Giacomo's, which is a must, and Tobacco USA, which has to be seen to understand, I'd also include Jerusalem Market. And in local products, don't miss Goat Lady Dairy's fresh chevres. They're sold in several places, and they had a stand at the Greensboro farmers market the last time I was there. (Warning: that's been a couple of years and farm availability does change). There are good sources of heirloom Southern apples in the area too, but those would unfortunately be out of season.
The Curb market in Greensboro is not to be missed, although the selection is not as great this time of year.
I always go on Saturday mornings to stock up on local meats, cheeses, veggies and baked goods.
The Slow Food chapter in the Triad would be your best resource for the information you are seeking:
I second the nomination for Jerusalem Market - the house-made Middle Eastern goodies are great, and the friendly family atmosphere and chats with the patriarch, Saliba, are even better. (I should admit I haven't been back since I left Greensboro almost 10 years ago - but I assume from other posts that it's still going strong). Tobacco USA was also good for random pantry-stocking and bulk goods (same disclaimer - it's been a while).
Definitely head to the Curb market - not only great farmers but also bakers and cooks. Can you delay your trip until more produce is in season? My very favorite farmer at that market is the woman who sells garlic grown on her Rockingham Co. farm. A few times a year, she is also in Winston.
Good wine stores are City Beverage and Wine Merchants Gourmet (in an odd location, but I like them).
Don't miss Ollie's.