Saturday, September 24, 2011

A ode to Sunflower Market

This place is the single greatest food store in the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. No, I have not explored every last one but if anyone has found something better I think my inner foodie might explode. Because Sunflower Market, if you've never been, is quite simply amazing.

For starters:

Full disclosure: I know nothing about their meat.
Bow chika wow wow

Lower left: I know you don't seem them much in Dallas, but that right there friends is a bike rack. It's a glorious offering from an establishment that makes me much more amenable to visiting. That is starting things out on the right foot. Kroger? I lock up to a bench. Albertsons? The handicap sign. Whole Foods? I spend way too much money. I digress.

I love taking pictures of peppers. They are so colorful and shiny.

Do I have any facts about Sunflower? Do I know where they get their produce, how it's grown, how long between when it's picked and when it goes on a shelf? No. Should I? Yes. Does this stop me from enjoying the fresh fresh taste and low low price? Abso-freaking-lutely not. Mmm peaches and bananas and oranges and cucumbers and celery and carrots and grapefruit and grapes and so much utter goodness for so so little. Love.

And for all of us carb-aholics ...

Mmm I love love love their bread. Goes from $2.50 to $3.99 a loaf and while four bucks is getting up there, I can totally handle a two-fiddy. And, for those of us who may or may not be watching our girlish figures, the bread goes around 50 to 60 calories a slice, without losing any taste whatsoever. It is so delicious and I actually read the nutrition label on this one and it's not substitute-this or artificial-that. It's like "organic whole grain wheat flour" "honey" "barley" "oats." And it makes fantastic stove toast.

Yeah, there's a your packaged foods and whatnot. Here is where prices start to get up into Whole Foods territory so I avoid this section when possible. There's the store brand ("Smart Food, Silly Prices") but that doesn't cover everything. I'm cheap as hell, so I eat mainly fresh vegetables without cooking too much because I don't want to spending money on all these kind of crazy things. Also? With some of what you need?

That's right. It comes in barrels. I get a week's worth of groceries for less than $25 and I dig it.

So what it all comes down to is this: Sunflower Market, I love. I worship you with all my heart. If someone wrote a guide book about you I would keep it by my bed and swear all my legal oaths on it. And it will stay that way, until they bring in Trader Joes.

1 comment:

  1. Is there a connection between Sunflower Market and the Sunflower Shoppe which are in Colleyville and Fort Worth? I love the Sunflower Shoppe bulk nuts from the Colleyville store and it doesn't hurt that German Deli is next door. No official bike racks, however.

    Still, TJ is on the way!