Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ode to Trader Joe's

I have jumped on the Trader Joe's bandwagon - and I may never get off. I know it seems a little overdue for me to have realized the beauty that is Trader Joe's, but I finally live in an apartment accessible to a TJ's. Plus, I grew up in New Hampshire in a family of six, so we were lucky if groceries came from anywhere other than Market Basket.

For anyone who's behind the TJ times like I was, trust me when I say their food is good, organic, natural and insanely cheap for the quality of food you're getting. Case in point: I bought a bag of wild arugula at the Burlington location the other day for $1.99.

Yes, $1.99.

At Hannaford, I normally pay a whopping $3-4 for my beloved, peppery arugula.

I'm still reeling from this inexpensive find because it can be so hard finding cheap, healthy food (especially cheap produce). Right now I'm in love with Trader Joe's for making it possible for me to eat arugula-based salad and still have some cash leftover to buy tomatoes.

Do you shop at Trader Joe's? Why or why not?


  1. I love the almonds (very reasonable priced) the bread (ditto) and cherries in a jar. To say nothing about the samples. Cambridge (Mass Ave) has a nice and cheap wine selection.

  2. Indeed I do:

    * Tons of organic offerings

    * Tons of vegetarian offerings (including a vast number of cheeses, all of which have the rennet type identified on the label)

    * Tons of awesome frozen products

    * Tons of "specialty" items (snacks, candies, etc.)

    And you really cannot be the price.

  3. Kathleen, I agree - the one in Cambridge is amazing!

    Joanmarie, I want their cheese counter in my kitchen. It's insane!