Ok, I've read about these for a long time but never make it to them because I'm in Brookline and car-less. This past weekend had a ride, and went to the one in Ashland. I was beyond disappointed. Aside from a few items that looked like specialy ethnic foods (a very few it seemed, some NY produced Mexican cheeses for example) the place was full of cheap but clearly substandard meats and vegetables. The meat, well.....ahem, I could not buy any of it. And the produce, I was honestly shocked at how poor most of it was. A lot was clearly rotting or well past any freshness, even things like garlic were withered and brown. I checked a couple of the ethnic sections in the aisles and there was nothing special there either.
So what's the buzz? Maybe I am missing something. I clearly understand the economics of shopping at a place like this, and I might stock up on pantry items, but for the rest, I'd steer well clear.
Are they all like that one?