I loved the wall of beer where you can "mingle your singles"-- get 10% off when you fill a six-pack with single fancy beers. There's also a pizza kitchen where you can buy pies by the slice or by the whole pie. They have a hot food and sandwich bar, and the chain's first frozen yogurt bar. A charcuterie bar and a huge salad bar. Nothing is labeled local unless it came from less than 100 miles away from the store. Organic fruits and veg are displayed separate from non-organics and are washed and freshened with their own separate water supply. The "wellness" section is huge and has its own curator.
Earth Fare is a store in the vein of Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, but what sets the chain apart is how strict their food rules are. They have a "boot list"-- a list of ingredients that cannot be in food that is featured in the store. Their "Food Philosophy"is displayed prominently in the store. The "rules" include:
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- No artificial fats or trans-fats
- No artificial colors
- No artificial flavors
- No artificial preservatives
- No artificial sweeteners
- No antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones in meat & dairy
- No bleached or bromated flour
Impressive stuff. And dedicated-- if you spot something on the shelf that has an ingredient that Earth Fare has banned, they'll immediately remove all the stock from the shelves and give you $50.
Hey, speaking of $50, Maria was nice enough to give me a $50 gift certificate to give away to one of my readers!
I've been trying to get a little healthier-- eat better, exercise more. For the first time today, someone noticed that I've dropped somewhere in the neighborhood of 6lbs-- very gratifying. Makes me want to keep going. So, in keeping with Earth Fare's philosophy, here are the contest rules:
- I am looking for SUPER simple and SUPER healthy dinner recipes. Share with me your simplest, healthiest, most reliable dinner recipe.
- You can do this in the comments section-- just be sure you include some way that I can get ahold of you.
- You can send me the recipe via email-- lou [at] loueyville.com
- At the end of the day on Tuesday, August 14, I will allow random.com to choose a comment/email at random to win the gift certificate.
- Only one entry per person.
Good luck to y'all-- may the odds ever be in your favor!
Disclaimer: Earth Fare provided gift certificates for me and for a reader. That was super nice of them because I would have toured their facility and written about it regardless.