Earlier this week I had the pleasure of taking a sneak peek into the newest Whole Foods Market in Del Mar in the newly re-designed Flower Hill shopping center. I was blown away when I first walked in! Not only is this 30,000 square foot store larger than the location I am used to shopping at but it has so many features that exude Del Mar flare! The event was more than I had imagined: from the amazingly fresh (and locally grown) array of food, music, local beer and wine I was left wanting to shop sans kids. Too bad I had to wait until Wednesday when they officially opened their doors.
I am beyond excited that we have a Whole Foods closer to us now, with just a quick trip across the 56 freeway I am already planning my weekly (budgeted) shopping trips. I may or may not go with the kids to take advantage of the Trifecta Tavern that has 30 craft beers on tap and an extensive menu. Better yet, I might have to get a babysitter just to have a date night at the market. Who thought that would ever belong in a sentence together?
The store's commitment to locally-sourced products was evident by it's offerings from more than 100 local vendors and farmers from nearby Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties including: Homegrown Meats, Archi's Acres, Be Wise, Stehly, Suzies Organic Farm, Carlsbad Aquafarm, South Coast Winery and Fallbrook Winery.
The store was also designed and built with the environment in mind, the store interior is influenced by the prominent geographical and natural landscape features of the immediate surrounding area: the bluffs, the Torrey Pines groves, chaparral laden hillsides, and the lagoons. In addition, significant local venues and cultural amenities like the horse culture and golf courses inspired the graphics and other creative design elements in the store environment. I was truly blown away with the design elements, Whole Foods Market hit the ball out of the park once again!
The seafood department offers sustainably-sourced fresh filets, steaks, local and seasonal seafood, whole fish, Live Sea Urchin & Uni, Abalone and oven-ready selections. Fresh seafood is delivered up to six days a week.
The meat department offers the highest quality meat, from animals raised without antibiotics and added hormones. All meats adhere to Whole Foods Market’s stringent quality standards, including a full line of 100% grass-fed, locally-sourced beef and chicken, a variety of selections ready to take home and cook, and in-house smoked meats will be offered. Look out for their 5-point rating system on all their meat.
Archi's Acres is based in Valley Center which is just a hop, skip and a jump north of me. I love that Whole Foods Market donated $100,000 towards Archi's Acres to help aid a new half acre greenhouse. I feel better knowing that the food I will be purchasing for my family is traveling less before it gets to our table.
If you haven't been to a Whole Foods Market you must find one close to you and if your in the San Diego area you must hurry on over to the Del Mar location because they are now open! Head on over to take advantage of all the amenities this store offers! Whether it's their 365 Everyday value, a trip before the races, a round of golf or just to pick-up a quick lunch, Whole Foods Market - Del Mar will have everything and more that you're looking for!
Whole Foods Market - Del Mar is located at:
2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 100, San Diego, CA (inside Flower Hill shopping center)Located directly off CA Interstate 5
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Del Mar. Regardless, I only recommend products/services that I personally use.