We recently moved to Arlington, and are trying to figure out where we want to do our weekly grocery shopping.
So far, we hate the Stop N' Shop in Arlington, the produce there is grim. The H-mart up the road in Burlington is pretty fabulous, and what they don't have, the Market Basket next door has. But traffic up in that area is hideous except very early on weekend mornings.
Where do the other Arlington Chowhounds shop? What's your favourite grocery store?
Yep, the Stop 'n Shop on Mass Ave is rather bleak. We rotate between Trader Joe's, Whole Foods in Medford, H Mart/Market Basket duo in Burlington (love Market Basket, but the traffic is unfortunate), and Fresh Pond Seafood for fish. If you are a Stop 'n Shop fiend, there are two down the road a bit, one in Lexington and one in Bedford. I think they're a bit pricier than the Arlington version.
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
We picked up our Arlington winter CSA today (split it with a neighbor) - fabulous! Brussels sprouts, root veggies, like parsnips, turnips, sweet and regular potatoes, beets, radish, carrots, leeks, kale, cabbage, lettuces, apples. We made splitting our veggies a social event - wine and good company....my point is, look beyond your everyday average grocery store!!! Stop and Shop/H Mart/Trader Joe's - the produce SUCK at all those places (sorry to be all in your face, but I never shop at S n' S).
There's the Somerville/Union Sq. winter farmers' market which is not too far away. I refuse to buy produce in a big box store. Why not support your local farmer if you can?
I usually go to Trader Joe's and Market Basket. Wilson Farms on the Lexington/Arlington line might be a possibility for you - their fruit is quite good and the produce is better than at Market Basket.
10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421