Hi - I just moved to Rochester and found that, indeed, prior messages on this board condemning the food here were accurate! I remember a post from a guy who was driving to St Paul for decent groceries, so here is what I've found for food shopping. I'd love to hear any suggestions from others about eating in Rochester.
First, the Farmer's market is great. It's on Saturday mornings on 4th St SE a couple blocks from Broadway. Great organic meats, eggs, baked goods as well as produce and flowers. Second, the Good Food Store is on 6th or 7th street NW just off 11th Ave behind the Riptide bar. It's a natural foods co-op that has good produce. It seems you can buy good meats outside of the farmer's market directly from farms - Hidden Stream Farm is one, there are others too, just ask the farmers at the market. Also, there is a community farming subscription that operates out of the Good Good Store where you subscribe for the spring/summer/fall and get a box of seasonal produce delivered to the Good Food Store each week from a local farmer. Ethnic food is hard to find here in the tater-tot-hot-dish capital of the world, but the Rice & Spice is a new Indian grocery on Broadway near 4th St South, and there are a couple Asian food stores, including a good Vietnamese food store, on Broadway between downtown and Silver Lake. As far as groceries go, the Hy-Vee on 11th ave NW and Civic Center Drive seems to have the best selection although the good stuff is scattered in between lots of hamburger helper and such.
Would love to hear of any Mexican groceries neaby or in the Twin Cities as I am a transplant from Texas looking for somewhere to buy chipotle in adobo and tortillas!