I LOVE THIS STORE!!!!!!!
Big farm store, with mulches,annuals and perrennials outside, several buildings (one was receiving for tractor trailers, which they own one or two of that the owner, Dave, takes down to the produce market in Chelsea every morning and fills up)..Since they are not part of a chain, they can buy from whoever they
want, produce-wise and get the best deals. They also buy locally. This leads to a nice mix of locally grown produce (98 cent bunches of beautiful arugula) and great deals on things that you can get cheap at the Asian markets, like 8 for $1 limes. The produce is as beautiful as Whole Foods, yet I can afford to shop here...
A hand-picked selection of specialty items that I've read about on the boards; Emmi yoghurt from
Switzerland, with a pink grapefruit flavor I've heard about (and it was *all* that), Cindy' s Kitchen
Salad Dressings (at $6 a pop, I'll have to wait to taste those, but the packaging was adorable...They're made in Somerville, has anyone tried them yet?),
in-house bakery, with additions from outside (Iggy's, a scone company) as well as the norms, like "When Pigs Fly" and even some Pepperidge Farms, a high-end cheese dept, with some lunchbox selections as well, and a small prepared foods department.
I bought their beet and goat cheese salad, and I was transported. Cubes of al-dente roasted beets, tossed with goat cheese, red wine vinegar, olive oil, MINT, chopped onions and salt...Amazing, and amazingly fresh, unlike the golden beet salad that i bought at Whole foods yesterday, that was basically tasteless. The other stuff looked average, but this shone.
Smaller than Russo's, more farm-stand like, but bigger than a farm-stand. I loved it. Check it out when you're out that way....