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Jun 16, 2008 08:09 AM

What, if anything, do you buy at Whole Foods?

I've never been a big Whole Foods shopper. But they're opening a new store a block from my building. It'll be by far my closest grocery store. So I'll shop there at least occasionally. What do you think I should look for? What is not too overpriced? What about the meat and fish? Is the quality consistent?

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  1. The produce is good in the off season when you can't buy from roadside stands and farmers markets, and the fresh sausage selection is pretty good for a mass market grocery. I was not impressed with their 356 line and their breads are nothing to get excited about.

    Ive been to 3 Whole Paychecks and I tend to leave less them impressed.

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    1. re: Kelli2006

      Just a heads-up, breads vary greatly from store to store. My local WF does carry my favorite local bakery bread, which is considered one of the best breads in the area...but I wouldn't eat what they produce in-store.

      I go for produce, cheese, organic diary that is difficult to find in regular stores, and Frans Chocolate sauce.

      I don't care for their pork or beef products. Although green, the price is high and the flavor is only ok. There are better places to go. I'll also pass on their prepared foods. It's just too expensive for what it is...and it's always bland.

    2. I really dislike Whole Foods, but occasionally force myself to go there for a fresh avocado, or some other vegetable I am having trouble finding.

      Their meats/seafood are so overpriced & not near the quality I require, I would never consider purchasing them @ Whole Foods. I am lucky to have better & cheaper sources for Meat and Seafood nearby.

      1. Wise kosher/organic whole chickens! They are tender and sweet tasting. I absolutely love them and save the bones and some fat for soup. When making broth, there is little to skim the bird is so clean.

        It's best to get the whole chickens. There is not enough value/cost to justify getting the chicken breasts or thighs.

        The 365 organic milk is a good price. Same as Trader Joe's here in the Boston area.

        You're not going to find the supreme artisan bread but the store brand scali is pretty good. The garlic/herb bread is also good but too pricey at $4/loaf.

        We've had very tasty cakes and other pastries. They don't have the fake-tasting frosting and are generous with the fruit in fruit tarts/strawberry shortcake. When they are on sale, I buy the bakery choc chip cookies. They really do taste like homemade.

        I find the prepared foods to not be worth the cost. At $8/lb for the salad and hot food bars, nothing is worth the cost to me. It's salad! And the hot foods are typically overcooked and pepper is the main seasoning -- again, in the Boston area. It could be different where you are.

        1. I like their dry goods in the bins. They have steelcut outmeal, popcorn, all kinds of dry beans etc. They also have spices that you can measure out which is nice for things you only want a little bit of.

          1. Its pricier, so unless you perceive them to be "greener" and that matters to you, you don't need to go there a lot..

            I get some produce - they usually have fresh stuff that's harder to find in traditional stores - shiitake mushrooms, fiddleheads, golden beets.. I know I can find it in Whole foods when I am unsure about other stores having it.

            I like their 365 line for things like olive oil.

            Meat and fish is good, but expensive.. I tend to prefer local farmstands and seafood shops. Shrimp I buy frozen at Costco...