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I was recently at a Sprouts market that opened in my area. I couldn't quite get what they are going for. Prices were cheap for this area (Marin/Sonoma), lots of bulk items, smaller meat department, many brands I'm not familiar with. Anyone know about them? How's the quality? Thanks!

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  1. I love Sprouts. Their prices are low for what they're selling, their produce is top notch, and everything I've bought there has been good. They're kind of like a collision between the best parts of Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.

    the selection isn't good enough to do all my shopping there, but what I can buy there I do.

    1. When we lived in Thousand Oaks, we had one near by. Meat was in general pretty good. I often found items not normaly seen in the chain markets. They also often had good deals on on seafood. I wasn't as wild about their prepared items like sausages. Produce was hit and miss. I think their bread and butter is their bulk\bin items. They had one of the better selection in this area that I've seen.

      1. I go to Sprouts, then fill in other purchases at a regular grocery store. I like Sprouts' bulk bins--including teas and spices--nice way to try something without committing to a whole lot at once.

        I usually skip the whole pharmacy/supplements aisles--just not my thing.

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        1. re: pine time

          You're right about the advantage of the bulk spices. I forgot about them. It's great to buy the quantity that's right for your own style of cooking so you can use them up quickly. And bulk also gives you the opportunity to experiment with new things.

          LOVE having a Penzeys not too far away but I get a lot from Sprout's bulk spices when I don't have more reason to drive 20 minutes than just Penzey's.

        2. They used to be Henry's, a small kinda limited, 'cus the stores are small, organic and bulk stuff WF or TJ's thingie.

          1. We have Sprouts in Los Angeles (tho they were Henry's when they first opened). I like it tho I go to Sprouts after Trader Joe's.

            I think their meats and deli are really good. I go mostly for the bulk stuff which is much more extensive than Whole Foods. And, as you noted, their prices are much lower than WF.

            Other than that, the produce is much the same as other markets, the cheese less extensive than TJs or WF selections, the packaged foods much less diverse than WF and not quite so interesting as TJs tho they do have more choices than TJs for the most part and most of all in the baking goods category.

            1. It started in San Diego by Henry Boney in the 1940's, as a more or less farm stand marketplace. The markets were named Boney's until 1997 when two of his sons renamed it Henry's. Then there were buy outs, split offs and one son and his side of the family named it Sprouts and eventually (2011) Henry's merged with Sprouts and now there are ~150 stores in 8 states, with a revenue of $1B, making it one of the larger natural food markets in the Western US. (Details on their website http://sprouts.com/about/history

              )

              Each store makes their own sausages and those can be hit or miss(I will buy only one or two at a time, but the bulk breakfast sausage has always been great). There will be sales on the grass fed beef about every 6 weeks.

              Prices are very good, sales are better and on Wednesday one sale ad ends while the new sale starts, making that day of the week an overlap, or 'double ad day'.

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              1. re: Cathy

                You're right about the sausage, ground to fine and way too light on spice. Otherwise, I love the place.

              2. I use the Sprouts near me often. I really like their produce, their meat has always been good and I always hit up their bulk bin. They have a lot of natural / organic stuff that I don't really care about but the bread is great. They're a regular on my rotation.

                1. I like Sprouts here in CO. They took over Sunflower Market last year. I mainly go there for their sale items on produce and meat. They'll consistently have stuff like red bell peppers 3 for $1. The best my normal grocery store does is $1/each. From what I understand their produce is grocery store "seconds", meaning, they might be an odd size or shaped funny. I know that's the case for the bell peppers and the apples. For the meat, every now and then they'll have a killer sale, like chuck roasts for $2.49/lb, or 50% off all ground meat.

                  Sometimes they have good sales on stuff like chicken broth or other pantry staples. I know the store is a godsend for special diet folks like celiacs because they carry a lot of specialty items.

                  I also really like their bulk chicken sausage.

                  1. sprouts is great for their bins of nuts, grains, sweets, etc. the one i go to in AZ has bulk bins comparable to berkeley bowl (since youre in the bay area, im assuming youre familiar with them). i would choose sprouts over whole foods, andronicos or trader joes if i had to choose just one place to shop because they have great overall value for the quality they sell. however, i would still choose berkeley bowl (or bi-rite in sf) over sprouts if i had access to all three.