Wild Oats is closing! Where will I get yogurt now?
Do I have to drive way down to Whole Foods? I live in Fairway. Where else around here can we can good bread, organic yogurt, natural beef and the like? I hate driving all the way down Metcalf just for Organic Valley milk for the kids.
Cosentino's in Brookside has organic yogurt, milk and bread. I'm not sure about beef, but we buy Campo Lindo chicken and eggs there. It's quite close to Fairway, at least much closer that Whole Foods, and locally owned.
From what I understand, Whole Foods decided to close the Johnson Dr. Wild Oats location because the facility is old and difficult to maintain. (I also think the well publicized rodent problem has a lot to do with it, but they won't say that publicly, of course.) They've said they'll open another location, but they only stipulate that it will be within 20 miles driving distance from the closed location, which of course, could be a good haul depending on traffic, etc. That's not very considerate of Fairway and Mission residents.
I understand the Wild Oats locations in Leawood and Midtown will just change name.
I second the Fairway Henhouse for eggs, beef, and milk, but their yogurt selection is not great.
I usually get yogurt at the Hy-Vee in Mission. They've got a special natural foods corner, where they keep the Brown Cow yogurt, and a bunch of other Wild Oats-type products. They've got a bunch of different milks too, including Oberweis which isn't local or organic but actually tastes really good.
For bread, you can get Farm to Market loaves at Hen House, but I think they usually have a better selection at the Roeland Park Price Chopper, which I've also found to be a much better source of produce (price, selection) than that Hen House. They also usually have GNFF eggs, though I haven't seen the Campo Lindo eggs anywhere nearby besides Wild Oats.
While I greatly appreciate the quality available at various stores, it's too bad I need to go to 3 to do my shopping. Although, much as I don't like Hy-Vee for some reason, it seems the quality of their meat has improved of late. They've got a pretty nice looking meat counter now.
Ugh, I gave Hen House another try today. AWFUL. Yes, they had organic milk and local milk. BUT their yogurt selection was practically non-existent. Mostly sugary character ones for kids. Not even Stonyfield. Just regular Brown Cow and lots of Dannon and the like. No good cottage cheese either. Plus horrible offerings in crackers, cheese, baking goods, cereals. I hate that place. It's the epitome of white bread, if you ask me. At least Price Chopper in Roeland Park has more interesting offerings and ethnic brands. I guess it's Cosentino's and Whole Foods for us. Whatever happened to that health food store in Prairie Village?
Just like to mention that the Hen House GNFF fresh whole chicken (not the Henhouse brand fresh chicken) is some of the best chicken I've had in a long time. It's a bit on the pricey side but very forgiving especially when you can't remember when you the bird in the oven. A couple of times I've roasted the chicken a little on the long side, but it was still much better than factory birds. The times I've taken the bird out at the right time, it was unbelievably good with very little seasoning/prep.
The HenHouse local milk comes in these compostable plastic bottles made of corn, so there's no deposit and dealing with glass bottles. They're supposed to turn to compost in 100 days, and while I can't remember when I put the first bottle in, they look no different in my informal compost pile so far. I do get a kick out of the bottles; I'm sure I'm pissing off my uptight neighbors with my ghetto garden.
But overall, I agree HenHouse is pretty white bread in every other aspect with the exception of some of the GNFF products. I wasn't too crazy about the Weibe cheese, but I got some pretty boring cheeses (mild cheddar, jalapeno, colby) the HenHouse CSA. They should try to find some local person to supply yogurt.
My milk bottles are looking a little different but they're not "composted" yet- its based on heat so you try to get your pile active and heated up. It is a good alternative to glass/plastic - you can recycle them too and even if they end up in the trash they'll compost in a municipal landfill.
Have you ever tried SmartChicken? They're slaughtered/processed differently than most chicken and you can tell in the taste
There is a KC midtown food co-op starting to take care of just this issue. The co-op will place group orders directly with United Natural Foods Inc, which basically means all the national brands at Wild Oats, including dairy and frozen foods. Orders will be delivered every 4 weeks to the Roanoke Community Center. There's no website, unfortunately, but anybody looking for details can PM me at (email address obfuscation alert) lora underscore e underscore murphy at-thingy hotmail period com.
Think Buying Club! I have been a member of a club for many years. I buy my organic yogurt by the case - 6 32oz.- but you can also buy the smaller 8 oz. sizes by the case. Anything else that you would find in health stores is available usually at large discount. Here is the inquiry info for United Food, just ask if there is a club near you or how you can start one if not.
2340 Heinz Road
Iowa City, IA 52240
800/323-2131, ext. 21184
email to: Amanda Fry