Saratoga Springs grocers
My fam and I are relocating to Saratoga Springs in a few weeks and I can't wait! Can anyone suggest places to get asian ingredients? What about gourmet ingredients (ala a Dean and Deluca or Whole Foods)? Putnam Market has mentioned- any strong opinions either way? For variety, any markets in nearby towns that I should check out?
Putnam Market is about the only semi-gourmet collection of ingredients in town. Roma's, on the West Side, is good for Italian products, and makes the best subs in the area. As far as Asian, you will probably have to go to the Albany area, where there are two or three Asian markets. You will not find Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, or any of their clones, in Saratoga. Sorry. But there is a thriving farmers market in town, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Local produce, jams/jellies, herbs, etc. But, best of all, locally raised pork and lamb which, unlike that in the megamarts, has some taste to it. Local Hannaford and Price Chopper supermarkets have a decent supply of organic stuff, if that's your thing.
I wind up having to do a number of errands around the area, so I'm often down in Schenectady where there are a number of good sources, besides Roma, for Italian food products: Villa Italia bakery, Perrecca's bread bakery, Cappiello's and a few others for cheese, and other products. Albany: Lee's, Kim's, Asia Market. Honest Weight Co-Op-you don't have to be a member and they have a wonderful "gourmet" section run by Gustave. I still find myself, on trips to NJ and NYC still going to the old standbys- Jerry's in Englewood, BuonItalia, Whole Foods, etc. Saratoga's farmers market is great, but also check out the market in Troy-even bigger, better.