10 Things I Love About Whole Foods

Ahhh… the produce, the cheese, the fish….. I love walking into Whole Foods in Bedford. Here is a list of my 10 favorites ….at the moment….

1) Bulk Spices – These are the best deal in town! The spices are so convenient – buy in bulk, use your own container, only get what you need, and so cheap! Last time I was there, I bought a small container’s worth (0.62 oz) of whole cloves for 51 cents! This would have cost about $5 at ANY other grocery store.

2) Did you know you can bring your own containers, have them weighed at Customer Service, then use them for bulk items? I find this so convenient and smart. I often get popcorn, spices and other bulk items. I really like bringing the container I use at home and filling that so I don’t buy too much, or not enough. The weight is written right on the container so the cashier knows how much to deduct.

3) Cork recycling – Whole Foods has partnered with Cork ReHarvest to recycle natural corks in all of their stores.

4) Brita filter recycling – The Gimme 5 program, from Preserve, collects all #5 plastics. Now, we can recycle #5 here in Westford, but did you know that this program also accepts Brita Water Filters?

5) Plastic bag recycling – They take most plastic bags. The woman I spoke to at Customer Service says that they go through them to make sure the correct things are in there. Ask if you are not sure.

6) Organic apples – Apples are one of the dirty dozen and my son’s favorite fruit! I stock up when I am here.

7) Unbleached Wax sandwich bags – They are an alternative to a plastic baggie. They do not seal so keeping something fresh may be an issue, but no plastic. You can find them along side the wax paper. They come in a box of 60 for $2.79. If you order a case, you get a discount.

8) If you buy a reusable bag at Whole Foods and for whatever reason it breaks or becomes unusable, they will replace it for free. Now you are thinking, “What happens to all the bags people return? Do they end up being thrown out?” No Sir! Whole Foods has committed to repurposing them somehow. They are still working it out, but I will let you know as soon as I do.

9) Organic whole wheat pizza dough for $1.69 – I make a lot of pizzas. It’s my way of using up leftovers in an interesting way. This dough is frozen, but for me that’s fine. I usually stock up when I am there and would freeze it anyway. The price is great too.

10) If these weren’t enough, there are some coupons to use next time you are there.

What’s your favorite?

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4 Responses to 10 Things I Love About Whole Foods

  1. Kath January 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Bulk oatmeal. What a steal – I make overnight oatmeal in my slow cooker on winter days, because I am a lazy and cheap mama 🙂

  2. Kristy January 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    They support local farmers.

  3. The Greening Of Westford February 1, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Love those both! Last time I was there, they had bulk organic rolled oats for 99 cents! I bought a ton!

  4. What A Card February 4, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    I like that I can buy bar shampoo there…only place I’ve found it locally (though I’ve suggested it at Donelan’s…I’d love to have a closer source :). If you haven’t tried bar shampoo yet, it’s great! No plastic bottle, lasts longer, better for the environment and your health!

    I also love the salad bar/hot food bar. My inlaws live right by the Bedford Whole Foods, so we meet them there for lunch from time to time. Perfect choices for picky kids (a hard boiled egg and feta for one, Free Bird chicken fingers for the other two, plus yogurt and fruit all around–can’t get a better lunch at any other restaurant that makes all three happy!) Oh, and that outrageous, delicious, phenomenal butternut squash and crab bisque for me. I think I know where I need to plan a lunch outing soon!

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