Grocery Shopping in Santa Barbara county can be a pain. Whether you’re looking for a family owned organic shop to a wholesale company, Santa Barbara has it all. The point of this blog post is to tell you about my grocery shopping experiences and what stores I recommend for different products.
If you are looking for small family businesses with fresh fruits and vegetables: Fairview Gardens, Lane Farms, and Farmers Market. Fairview Gardens is a twelve and a half acre community farm that produces a huge variety of fruits and vegetables. The link for more information is provided here: http://www.fairviewgardens.org/the-harvest/ . Lane Farms has been a local farming family since 1868 and their produce stand has been operating since 1939. They specialize in home grown, pesticide free, and organic products. the link to their website is here: http://www.localharvest.org/lane-farms-produce-stand-M34340 . Farmer’s Market’s are all over Santa Barbara county and they have everything you’re looking for under the category of fresh and organic goods and products. For times, places and dates for Farmers markets in Santa Barbara county click this link: http://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/events.php .
If you are looking for a grocery store that offers healthy varieties of food: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s has a friendly staff and a yummy selection of foods. They have a lot of options but dont go there if youre looking for something with trans fat- They dont carry anything that has particularly unhealthy ingredients! I recommend their chopped salads and great dessert options! Whole Food’s are common stores found through California, and of course Santa Barbara has one! Whole food’s has a lot of varieties of different products, and they are all healthy! If you go to a whole food’s dont forget to check out their pre-made food bar, its one of the most delicious foods any store could offer, plus you deserve some of it if you survived the parking lot outside.
If you are looking for Grocery stores that have EVERYTHING and wholesale stores: Von’s, Albertsons, and Ralph’s are the most well known supermarkets in Santa Barbara. They have products from A-Z and they are at a good price as well. Costco is the only wholesale store in Santa Barbara county and its fantastic! (If you go between 12-4 they have free samples!) Everything there is jumbo sized and its recommended to go out there if you have a big family or like to share a lot.
While creating a business plan it is super important to know who you’re working with- and why not make a handy grocery shopping guide while doing so!