I have to disagree with you about skipping The Meat Counter. That is the number one reason for going. I'm going today for the first time to Whole Foods Market after reading up on their meat standards. The standards on the meats they allow in their store are top notch. Yes, probably more expensive then you would find at your local super markets but I'm at the point I'm willing to pay a little more to know where my meat is coming from and two, which is the big one for me, what is being put in my meat, or better yet NOT being put into my meat. I guess if you are solely looking at it from a money point of view then yes it my not be the way to go but some things are worth paying more for.
07/13/2013 - 6:56am
Good advice. I like to buy meat for my husband at whole foods. I buy portion sizes and I trust the origin of it. I skip fruit and buy frozen fish when possible. Thank you!
06/21/2013 - 10:31am
Shopping on Wednesday will also save money. The weekly deals over lap so you get extra savings! Plus the stores aren't usually as busy so time is saved too :)
05/03/2012 - 9:49am
I am in Whole Foods every Thursday and did not know most of what you put in this article. I will schedule my tour immediately. Thank you!
04/03/2012 - 8:17pm
I find it odd that you say you can count on WF for local and organic produce and then also say avoid the conventional produce. At our WF the majority of the produce is not local or organic but it is hard to tell with their great signs! I also thing the new local definitions are crazy - the entire eastern US as local? Come on! I think the truth about WF vs their marketing is finally starting to come to the surface with good reason!
04/03/2012 - 7:16pm
Please do not assume most of the produce at WF is local.
04/03/2012 - 7:07pm
I too am not sure why you'd advise people to skip the meat department. Perhaps the prices reflect a reality: meat animals that are raised with less cruelty and using sustainable practices cost more. What you're paying for isn't just the quality of the meat, its knowing that your meat didn't come from an industrial farm.
Also, the person who talked about the meat going bad -- that's probably because the meat hasn't been sprayed with crazy antibacterial agents. Meat isn't something that is meant to be left laying around for days. Buy it and cook it or freeze it.
03/04/2012 - 9:19pm
One piece of advice to shoppers...don't say the phrase "Whole Paycheck" to an employee. We've heard it a thousand times and I usually just shut down (emotionally) and finish out the transaction ASAP.
03/01/2012 - 12:46pm
I love Whole Foods and appreciate your valuable insight. I usually had over to Trader Joes for my cheese because their prices are awesome. Especially for goat and sheep cheese!
02/15/2011 - 8:59pm
my shopping routine-all meats/poultry, greek style yogurt, some cheese, and laundry detergent i buy at WHOLE FOODS. next, i go to TRADER JOES for cheese, vegies/fruits, sliced ham, wines, and some canned goods and eggs/milk. then i am off to the local RALPHS for bread, tortillas and maybe some vegies/fruits.
i am supprised that you do not favor buying meats/poultry at WHOLE FOODS. i buy my meats there simply because they are humanely raised and cage free/free range and am constantly searching for humanely raised/cagefree/free range restaurants, other grocery stores. WHOLE FOODS has started a grading program for their meats/poultry whereby they grade on a scale from 1 to 5. 5 being totally humane/eco friendly.