With nearly all new years resolution lists containing one relating to health, fitness or better eating it seems a good time for me to post about Whole Foods Market in Giffnock. Whole Foods aim is to provide good quality natural and organic food to the masses.
After circling the shop a few times we managed to eventually find a car parking space in a nearby side street. The parking facilities aren’t extensive for the amount of people who visit so be warned you may have to wait a little while to get parked.
Straight away your eyes are met with brilliant displays of colour as you scan the fruit and vegetables on offer. They have your generic apples and oranges alongside exotic fruits that you wouldn’t find in your local supermarket. Deeper into the store they have a self-serve nut and coffee bean area, a cheese counter, bread, fish, meat, beauty lotions and potions – you get the idea. The chain that ties all of the above together though is the fact that it is organic and fresh, fresh, fresh ! Whole Foods Market is definitely a treat to the senses with smells of freshly baked bread and fresh fruit pulsing through the store. It does get a bit overwhelming when you reach the cheese counter but that’s to be expected really.
This shop is definitely one for the foodies who like to create wonderfully tasty concoctions from raw ingredients. I’m not the most inventive cook and I don’t experiment much but even I could appreciate the massive range of products on offer in the store. There are lots of little tasters dotted around so there are chances to find something you like and have never tried before.
All the packaging is quite minimal which lends itself to the natural, organic feel of the store. It’s quite nice to see what you’re actually buying instead of lots of colourful cardboard and extra bulk surrounding your product. To get all your shopping home safely you are given brown paper carrier bags which daft as it may sound – just looks cool.
Now to answer the big question … how much does all this fresh loveliness cost ? I won’t lie it is a rather pricey shop and it definitely attracts a wealthier client base from that of your average Tesco supermarket. Think Hunter wellington boots, Barbour jackets, tweed flat caps, etc … in other words it’s all a bit twee. This was backed up by the She & Him album playing softly on the store sound system. Although it is a bit pricier than your average supermarket you really do need to take into consideration the quality and freshness of what you’re buying. I think this factor completely justifies the prices. It wouldn’t be the place to do your weekly shop unless you were quite flush with cash but it is ideal if you have a special occasion to get cooking for.
I wasn’t too adventurous on my visit. I purchased some apples, a loaf of fresh bread (which I got to taste test first), a vanilla slice, a piece of carrot cake and two pieces of cheese. There is a cafe in the store which looked full of yummy delights and was mobbed but we didn’t have time to try it. Overall, Whole Foods Market in Giffnock is one of those shops everyone should visit if they want to try something different or just want to buy very fresh ingredients. It’s quite a spectacle to see and I thoroughly recommend paying a visit if you’re ever nearby. Who knows what wonderful new foods you might discover you like ?