What is Earth Fare like?
An interesting thing happened yesterday on my Facebook page.
Unprecedented. And exactly the thing that I have prayed God would start. Community.
A truly natural and organic conversation popped up because I said I was going to go to the grand opening of the new grocery store, Earth Fare.
Because of this conversation, I took my camera on our “field trip.”
I involved my children. This was no longer Mommy’s blog post. The Granola Kids were also investing in this experience. Bringing whole food to you. While I may be the one writing the blog post and tweaking the HTML, it was an online activity that I made In-Real-Life for my children.
Intentional blogging. Intentional relationships. A marriage of you people with my people.
A Virtual Tour of Earth Fare
Grab your free bag when you walk in (while supplies last).
Sign up for Earth Fare coupons.
Trust me*, you will want to.
You will be gently assaulted by color, life, and vibrant flowers when you walk into the store.
Find an adult shopping cart and have your children snag one their size. You might need their cubic space.
My only beef with Earth Fare was the size of their shopping carts. For a family of six, I have a tendency to purchase a lot of fresh food. Produce doesn’t compact easily. Of course, the fact that a 70 pound child took up a significant amount of room, didn’t help.
Be still my heart: Napa Cabbage for my Kimchi.
Free cheese and an invitation to Thursday Kids Eat for Free night.
Sign Up for Earth Fare Coupons
Remember when I told you that you would want to sign up for the Earth Fare coupons (before you go to the store)?
This is why: a free bird.
And I have to be honest. I chose the biggest one. One woman gave me a weird look. I was hovering over the chickens. Kind of psycho-like.
Earth Fare had local food. Yes, I know that the jars say Local Folks. But Local Folks is local to me.
Huge line up of baby food.
Choose your own pasta.
Did I mention shopping carts for kids? This is a great way to gain comments from complete strangers.
I thought about carrying around a cup with a sign that said, “Donations welcome.”
Precariously stacked boxes will fall if you graze them. Not that I did this.
If you want to leave the store without your children begging for a sugary snack? Well, good luck.
A feeding trough of chocolate is waiting for your children to reach out and touch.
Not that my children would ever do such a socially unacceptable thing.
No. Not us.
Can You do School at Earth Fare?
When we go grocery shopping, we kind of move in. A store has to have seating. I typically shop around lunch time.
And all of those
un-opened boxes need to be sampled, right?
But to make the trip more than just eye candy for the belly, we bring our text books. Like Apologia. We feed our brains.
Maybe I am a sucker for attention.
My FAVORITE Thing about Earth Fare
While I enjoy saving money —
I loved Earth Fare’s ice cubes.
If you know me, really know me, my friends will tell you that the only reason I was disappointed about giving birth at home was that I didn’t get the hospital ice cubes. I love slush-like cylinder ice cubes.
No. I am not diabetic. Otherwise, I don’t typically use ice.
Easy to “do” school.
GREAT coupons. And plenty of organic options.
By the way, I went to Earth Fare because I wanted to get out of the house. And I wanted to interact more with the ladies on my Facebook page. I honestly went there and spent our money. Some $80 worth of our money. Earth Fare has no idea that I acted like a journalist in their Noblesville store.
What grocery store do you normally shop at?
More importantly, do your kids go grocery shopping with you and how do you occupy them?