Finally visited my first Sprouts Farmers Market last week at their Greenville Grand Opening and it did not disappoint! Kalia, with Sprouts gave me and four other enthusiastic bloggers the grand tour.
Why Shop at Sprouts Farmers Market?
During our tour, Kalia explained how Sprouts targets the “transitional shopper.”
I am a transitional shopper – moving from traditional processed foods to more raw, healthy real food.
For foodies like me who hunger for a shopping experience, Sprouts delivers with fresh produce (many organic choices), meat and seafood, bulk grains, vitamins and supplements, a deli with freshly prepared entrees and sides, dairy, bakery, natural body care items and more.
Perusing the hundreds of products available at Sprouts could work up an appetite. Good thing they have a wide selection of prepared foods, which shoppers can grab and go; such as a sushi bar, a juice bar, freshly made sandwiches and a salad bar with all the trimmings – all made fresh, in-house.
History of Sprouts
Initially, a family owned produce stand in southern California, Sprouts has grown to almost 300 locations but still focuses on value, farm-fresh produce and health-conscious products.
The store’s signature Sprouts Brand products are designed to offer high-quality items at a lower cost, according to the company.
When the first “Sprouts Farmers Market” was opened in Arizona, their motto of Healthy Living For Less was created and still holds true today.
Holding suppliers to high standards, Sprouts buys locally grown products produced in South Carolina or within 500 miles; verifies compliance with industry standards, and educates consumers through transparent labeling.
Launching the grand opening, local registered dietitian and nutritionist Wendie Schneider of PantryDr.com, gave a quick recipe demonstration, including her Mediterranean Grain Bowl, which was delicious. But I was more impressed with the Raspberry Lime Kombucha Mocktail.
Never trying Kombucha before, I was pleasantly surprised with how refreshing it was.
PantryDr.com Raspberry Lime Kombucha Mocktail
My first experience with Kombucha was this mocktail recipe. Refreshingly simple, it would pair great with light appetizers.
- 1 bottle Sprouts Kombucha
- 1 fresh lime juiced
- 1 Tbsp mint
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- Lime slices for garnish
- ice cubes
Fill 2 serving glasses with ice. Pour Kombucha and lime juice into the glasses. Stir to combine.
Make a small cut through each lime slice and place on the rim of each glass. Place a fresh sprig of mint and 2-3 raspberries in each. Serve and enjoy!
With tall ceilings and spacious aisles, the market is airy and bright. Ceiling skylights make you feel like you are outside like a traditional roadside produce stand.
Although Sprouts does not have a loyalty card program, they do have an app. Just download to your phone and receive mobile coupons, recipes, and promo codes.
Sprouts’ Philanthropic Deeds
The Sprouts Food Rescue program donates unsold and edible groceries, including fresh produce, from its stores and distribution centers to food banks in all of its markets. In 2017, these efforts totaled about 23 million pounds of product donated in 2017, according to the company.
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation assist local non-profits which reflect the company’s brand purpose of inspiring healthy living for all.
Sprouts Farmers Market is a great food shopping alternative for Greenville.
Their business model, store layout, and marketing strategy cater to the trending health conscience shopper.
- Product is clearly marked.
- Vegetables are beautifully displayed.
- Prices are very reasonable compared to other local supermarkets.
Sprouts can help you eliminate the temptation to buy “junk food” and move towards a more healthy diet – just make sure to eat those Sprouts chocolate chip cookies in moderation.
Sprouts Farmers Market
2200 Woodruff Rd.
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Open 7 days a week – 7 AM – 10 PM
Do you shop at Sprouts Farmers Market?