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Sproutin’ an Indoor Farmers Market

Tonight we went to a local farmers market.

Notice anything strange?

It’s open every day and it’s  indoors.  Welcome to one of our favorite grocery stores: Sprouts.

Here’s a little tour of the one closest to us:

The baked goods and bread section.  There is always bread on clearance for $1.50 and under!  We usually stock up and put it in the freezer if it’s something really good.

If you are in the mood for some grab-and go-items….

Deli, cheeses, hummus, pre-packaged sandwiches, salads to-go….

I found some fresh cream cheese for our bagels in the morning, while Tracy was checking out the free coffee samples.

They sample both decaf and regular coffee during all open hours.  Every time we go, there is something new!

Tonight’s special was Organic Bolivian.

You can also grind your own coffee and buy customized amounts.  It’s awesome because you’re not forced to spend $8 on a prepackaged brand.  We like to try different flavors, and this allows us to do that.

Here’s a view of the back of the store.  Lots of organic fruits and vegetables.  It’s also where you’ll find unique beers and wines.

They have a great selection of imported beers.  Land Shark’s my favorite.

Fresh red, orange, and green bell peppers.  The special this week is 2 red or orange bell peppers for $3.00  and 3 green for $1.00.

Here’s a little snapshot of the awesome prices at Sprout’s.  Love seeing the prices of HEALTHY food under $1.  Just goes to show you that it actually is affordable to take care of yourself and eat well.

Score!!  3 avocados for a dollar!

Endless choices of yogurts and spreads.

They even have an organic pet section.  Love getting cat treats here!  (We make our own cat food at home)

Soups and broths

So much thought, creativity, and time was put into the store.  Big artistic signs point you to all of the different sections.

All organic frozen-food section.

Every kind of tea you can imagine.

Natural fruit juices.

The bulk section is pretty impressive, as well.  Not quite as big as the one at the Whole Foods in downtown Austin, but it does carry the major staples.

It’s usually where we stock up on rice, quinoa, rolled oats, nut mixes, granola, protein powder, chia seeds, and other miscellaneous items.

It’s so great seeing healthy options near the check-out line.  It’s a nice break from the bombardment of pure sugar candy and sodas and MSG-filled chips.

Tracy also made sure we picked up two PRIORITY items: Red Hot Blues and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea.  She caught a glimpse of Red Hot Blues on Oh She Glows and the tea on Carrots ‘N’ Cake right before we left and immediately put them on our list.

We snacked on this on the way home:

It tasted just like apple pie!! I could go for another one.

I guess you can compare Sprouts to a mini-Whole Foods.  Well, maybe it’s not that mini.

It’s great being able to get farmers market quality food any time during the week, rather than having to wait for special days.  Right now Sprout’s just has a few locations in our local area, but who knows how far they’ll grow.

Do you have a store similar to Sprout’s in your area?  What do you love most about them?


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5 Responses

  1. I’d love to come and shop at Sprouts! It actually makes MY Whole Foods look mini, but maybe that’s just because it is in the city. Love the prices you guys were able to snag though!

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  3. That is fantastic! I wish we had something like that here! Living in the middle of nowhere I am stuck with no alternative grocery stores. I am going to have to try the Sugar Sleigh Ride tea, it is the talk of the twitter and blog worlds. 🙂

  4. omg that place looks like HEAVEN! i need a place like that by me 🙂

  5. I love going to the Sprouts in Boulder, Co. The produce prices are so cheap and the displays are so inviting. I wish they sold the music they play on a giant mixtape so I could listen to such uplifting and dance-inspiring music. Also you can’t beat that free coffee!

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