I love, love, love specialty and organic grocery stores. I had been hearing buzz from all my south county friends of a new Earth Fare coming to Seminole. I wasn’t very familiar with the store, since the only Florida locations currently are in Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Tallahassee, but after previewing it on Monday I am thoroughly impressed.
Earth Fare prides itself on everything in the store being free of antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and more. I found this list of “booted” ingredients on their website, a list of unacceptable ingredients, which are not allowed in the store. It’s a pretty exhaustive list and sure makes shopping easier knowing you don’t have to scour every label.
On Monday I joined a few other Tampa Bay Bloggers on a tour of the new store, which officially opened at 7:00 this morning. Were you one of the first in line? In the front of the store is a large produce area, my favorite part being the pre-chopped station of all organic veggies – what a time saver! Past the produce is a large bulk section. You can find almost anything in there, from quinoa to olive oil.
In the meat and seafood department we got to sample their smoked salmon, and oh my, delish! All of their meats are grass fed and pasture raised and NEVER administered antibiotics. Any meat you buy from here is going to be good stuff. Up next around the perimeter is dairy and CHEESE. And then onward to what I think is the best part of the store, the deli and grab and go counter. The options were endless, each thing sounding better than the last.
I’m looking forward to checking out the beauty and wellness department on a return trip.
Today, just for you guys, I have a $25 Earth Fare gift card to giveaway. To enter comment below, let me know your favorite type of cheese. For up to four additional entries follow Lane’s Latest Dish on Instagram, Facebook, leave a separate comment with your user name for each additional entry. Also share on either platform and drop a link to your share in comments. Max 5 entries per person. Contest will close on 10/4/2016 at 10:00 AM EST.