The Fresh Market - Favorite Products You Have Tried
We shop at The Fresh Market quite frequently (most stores are located in the East Coast I believe but are rapidly expanding on the West Coast as well) and have accumulated some favorites that we buy there quite often. We can vouch for these:
Garlic Butter and Thyme flavored Rotisserie Chicken - the best flavor that we have tried out of all of them
Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice - good value for the price and very refreshing
Fresh Baked French Baguette - out of this world, especially when you get them right after they take them out of the oven - esp. with Kerrygold Unsalted Butter spreaded on a warm slice!
Ground Lamb - our store grinds up pieces of the leg of lamb and the taste is incredible, much less fat running throughout than other stores which normally grind up lamb shoulder
Old Fashioned Apple Pie - a steal when on sale (which is often!) at 5.99 per pie and tastes homemade
San Pelligrino Aranciata Sparkling Orange Beverage - 6 pk. cans were on sale for an incredible price of 3.99!
What products from there have you liked and would purchase again?
Pita bread from the bakery- probably wouldn't be a top 5 pick in some of the other places I've lived, but it's the best I can find around here
English toastng bread- our go-to all purpose white bread
boneless chicken breasts- nicely trimmed and seem to hit a good spot on the price-performance scale, especially when they're on the 2-for-1 Tuesdays monthly list
house blend decaf coffee- I supertaste bitter, and this is one of the few coffees I don't have to add an insane amount of sugar to in order to even hit tolerable
store brand ice cream- nice short ingredient list, good flavor
store brand coconut water- currently $3.50 a liter compared to $5 a liter for name brands
We like their Fresh Market blend (I am assuming this is the same as the house blend - not sure) and also really love how their coffee sample station usually contains three different kinds to try - a regular, a decaf, and a flavored coffee. Perfect for someone like me who likes to mix a little flavored coffee sometimes into my regular kind.
Interesting to read so many positives. They opened one near me about a year/year and half ago and I have been disappointed with them since day one. I think the last time I went in it was 6 months ago. Prices were very high compared to other local markets, ready made food was salty yet bland. Their bakery items (bread, rolls) developed mold within a day of purchase. Produce was hit and miss.
So disappointing as I was very excited about their opening as it was much closer to work than WF and was much bigger than our local speciality market. Word on the street is that they may be going out that center soon.
As with just about any store, there's going to be some hits and some misses - that is why I originally posted this topic, to see what people's favorite products are to give me and everyone else who does like to shop there some ideas on different products to try! I'm sorry to hear you didn't really enjoy shopping there, but do hope that those who do will post some of their Fresh Market favorite foods to buy.
I have unfortunately moved to away from any Fresh Markets, so my opinions are 3 years old.
I used to LOVE their refrigerated soups. I seriously miss them and have tried to duplicate them! There was a tomato basil that was like fresh tomatoes cooked down a bit with real leaves of basil running through and a hint of olive oil. They also did a similar vegetable soup, with the same type of cooked from fresh tomatoes, with all sorts of other garden veggies. It was so yummy and fresh and healthy (low in calories). The other varieties were also really good.
I also liked their rotisserie chickens. I remember them doing other rotisserie items too that were of similar good quality - like ribs, turkey legs and breasts, other meats. Their prepared hot foods were also pretty good if you ever need a quick dinner to go - mashed potatoes etc.
We absolutely love their Rotisserie Chicken Salad out of the pre-made case. One of the best out there, short of homemade. Sometimes our FM will do a special of a lb of chicken salad and a pack of mini croissants. Easy dinner!
Also +1 for Mellicita's rec of their refrigerated soups...
I tried their Brown Betty apple pie a few months ago and couldn't stop eating it!
I highly recommend their Cranberry Orange Walnut Poundcake - it's out of this WORLD good! Even better that this past week they had it on sale for 2.99!
I take a slice of this poundcake, brush with melted butter and lightly grill it on the grillpan. I add a drizzle of melted butter once once it's through, and then sprinkle it with a bit of sugar. Yum.