I went to a small organic market last weekend (no, there’s no Whole Foods here, yet), and I walked in the front door and immediately felt at home.
Even though they sell items I’m not interested in, being an organic market and not a vegetarian market, I didn’t know where to look first! I actually sought out the market because they sell Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss “ice cream,” which I adore. Sadly, they were out of it. They said it sells out quickly. (There was plenty of that “other” brand. Tells you something, doesn’t it?) I tried to appease myself by saying I really didn’t need the calories…. but it didn’t work. I’ll have to go back!
It was a small shop and since I didn’t know where to start, I started on the end of the shop closest to the door, and checked out every nook and cranny. You should have seen the gorgeous produce!
There were only 6 or 7 aisles, but I scoped out the joint really well, even before I picked up a hand basket. Throughout my search I spoke with the owners (?) and we got into a conversation about the upcoming veg TV show. They were really excited. “Perfect time to get something like that on the air,” and, “We have so many kids coming in here asking about how to be veg, and asking for veg recipes. This would be great for them,” were a couple of comments they made, and they asked for my business cards. I happily handed over the cards I had on me, and continued my perusal of the premises.
With my hand basket full of odds and ends, from vegan pizza to coconut milk “yogurt,” to organic basil pesto and sesame rice crackers, I chatted for a bit more with the sweet girl at the check-out desk, and got back in my car, thinking “Ok, what should I have bought that I know I’m going to think of as soon as I drive away?”
What a really nice experience. Comforting to walk into a place where just about everything there IS something you’d like to take home, and you know most of the people shopping there are of a like mind.
It made me think that I’d like to open a Veg Market down the line. I’ll add it to the list. Veg TV show, cookbook(s), restaurant(s), and a market….. maybe in the restaurant. My life is planned out!
All it’s going to take is getting the TV show off the ground. Keep a good thought!