I just got back from the bread breaking and opening of Folsom’s new Whole Foods. I was #191 in line for the Whole Foods reusable bag filled with 365 Brand goodies. You can check out my swag bag contents below.
This is such as great addition to our community. Not only does it offer local and organic food and products, but it has a commitment to our community as one of its core values. Here are some reasons why you should shop at Whole Foods:
Non Profit Profit Day – One day per month, the store will give 5% of its profits to a local nonprofit. Twin Lakes Food Bank is the first organization to benefit. WF already donated more than $3,000 to the food bank from last weekend’s market celebration it had. Make sure you shop on Thursday, December 15th and 5% of WF’s store profits will go to the food bank.
Bag $$$ – When you bring in your own bags when shopping, WF’s gives you a 5 cent credit on your bill. However, you have the opportunity to instead donate that 5 cents to one of two local charities. Right now the charities are the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (They have a special place in my heart as I was once a City of Folsom Parks & Recreation Commissioner.) and the Folsom High School Music Boosters. The charities will rotate every three months.
Some of the fabulous features within the store:
Bier Garten – There is an outdoor bier garten that will feature eight beers on tap, two of which will be locally brewed beers that will rotate out, as well as glasses of wine. There is pub food, live music and special events. You can also grab some of the prepared food and a bottle of wine and eat out in the bier garten for a $1 charge.
Brew @ Home – WH features all of the essentials for those who want to brew beer at home. They even have a beer specialist, John Schmidt.
Coffee/Juice Bar – The bar features Kombucha Botanica on tap, fruit smoothies and made-in-house nut milks.
Cooking Folsom – I met Cindy Soltesz at the opening today. She’s WF’s Home Chef. She’ll be teaching classes and just there to answer questions about cooking with WF products. The first two classes are “Tasty and Simple Bulk Recipe” on Nov. 7th from 11:30-1:30 and 4:00-5:30 and “Back to Basics Cooking” on Nov. 15th from 11:30-1:30 and 4:00-5:00.
As I walked through the store, I was struck by the absolute beauty of the food and the
displays. There’s a parmesan mountain and a cheese-lover’s paradise of a cheese department with the most fun guys working behind the counter. There’s a make your own trail mix bar, a fermentation bar with freshly made pickles, an awe inspiring salad bar and hot food bar, tons of prepared items from the deli and more. There is never a reason to pick up fast food on a busy night now that you have all of these choices at your fingertips. The bakery is what I imagine heaven will be like, but Heaven won’t have calories.
The bulk sections are amazing! Everything from grains to olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, flours, dried fruits; and even lotion, shampoo and conditioner in the health and body section.
The meat and seafood sections were really beautiful. WF’s minimum standard is no cages and no cruelty. The standards go up from there. And they’re listed prominently right above the counter.
The produce department is such a stunning array of colors. They really do a great job
with their displays. It’s easy to see what is sources locally and what is organic. They have a large section where you can grab already cut up fruits and veggies for time saving.
A few key things to remember…The employees are knowledgeable and so very happy to be working there. Make sure to thank them. The 365 Brand is excellent quality and less expensive than the national brands. Look for it. Every Wednesday WF has Weekly Specials in the store. Every Friday WF has a major sale on a specific item, like 75% off cherries, or something of the sort. Make sure to sign up for its newsletter to receive coupons and check of its facebook page. Then go forth my friend and shop!