I have a secret, and it’s something I’m not ashamed of at all to share on this little ol’ blog. I love grocery stores, always have and always will. There’s something so comforting and exciting to me about wandering the aisles, looking for new products and putting meals together on the fly based on what’s fresh and in season.
Well, imagine my utter excitement when I was contacted to see if I’d like to see what a lovely grocery store called The Market had to offer!
This adorable and quaint store is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, right near Cape Cod. The store is one of its kind and is part of the village of Pinehills, a living community. Open for about five years, The Market offers everything from fresh-baked goods and breads, to sushi made on-site and an array of local products.
When I walked up to the front of the store, I loved the fact that everything was already decorated for fall, and they even had a giant pumpkin in the entrance! I didn’t even begin to guess how much it weighed.
Once I walked in, I was hit with the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked cookies, among other lovely smells. Sue, the wonderful general manager, was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule and show me around the store. It was great to get a first-hand account of a store so unique!
Sue told me that all of the meats are fresh and hand-ground (like an old-fashioned butcher shop!); the produce and seafood are super fresh and delivered daily; and most of the baked goods are homemade!
I wanted one of everything.
Plus, take a look at this amazing cheese display- many of the cheeses have descriptions, which can help the customer choose which one to serve at a dinner party, or which one will go best in a pasta dish or with fruit and crackers.
The prepared foods section is run by an actual chef, Chef Dane Axon, who creates new and exciting dishes every single day. All of the salads and entrees are prepared fresh daily; there’s truly something for everyone. When I was there they had barbecue pork and macaroni and cheese! Oh, and don’t forget the handmade pizzas they bake in their stone pizza oven. And there’s even a woman whose sole job is only to make sushi!
The aisles are filled with freshly-made trail mixes, nuts and other goodies, and I loved the pour-your-own olive oil and balsamic vinegar stations!
The most unique aspect of The Market and the part that really touched near and dear to me was their partnership with Jordan Hospital and their program, Mass in Motion: Healthy Plymouth. Within their partnership, there are select products scattered all over the store that are labeled as healthier, in order to encourage and promote healthy living for Plymouth residents.
I also couldn’t help but want to purchase all of the yummy local and unique products I had never heard of. Pizza from a local cafe, creamy, local yogurt and gourmet chocolate bars? Yes, please!
I was lucky enough to leave with a few goodies of my own on behalf of The Market, and I must say, I loved absolutely everything. The Market was fantastic, and I just wish I lived closer so I could shop there! I have express my thanks again for the invitation, and if you ever find yourself in Plymouth, please go there!