Did you hear? Earth Fare just opened their newest store in Ocala, Florida and I’m thrilled! I was invited to a pre-grand opening tour a few days before they opened and I was blown away by what I experienced. They provided me a $25 gift card (which I can’t wait to use!) plus another to giveaway to one of my readers! Keep reading to find out how to enter. Update: A winner has been chosen! Congratulations Stephanie!
I was part of a small group of about 12 people that toured the store two days before it opened. We visited each department and got to sample cheese, cookies and nuts. I also got to meet another local blogger, Dawn Lopez of Cutefetti. We’ve known each other online for a little while so it was really fun to meet her (and her mother!) in person for Earth Fare’s pre-grand opening.
If you’re not familiar with Earth Fare let me tell you a little about who they are and what they stand for. Founded in 1975, Earth Fare is quite simply, food as it should be. All the foods in their store, including name brands, are free of high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors & sweeteners, and growth hormones & antibiotics in meat and dairy. Like I just said, food as it should be!
One of the ways that Earth Fare sets itself apart from other grocery chains is that they source local as much as possible. All locally grown and crafted items are marked so you can easily find and support your community. Earth Fare hosted a local vendor fair for food growers and artisans in the Ocala area and selected more than 40 products to carry at the store.
They also create a local community advisory board before opening any store. The board meets with the Earth Fare team months before a store even opens and they give their feedback on what the community needs. Some of our local advisors are from The Appleton Museum of Art, The Marion County Public Library, WOCA News and The Club at Ocala Preserve.
The Earth Fare Ocala location, which officially opened on April 19, 2017, is at 2405 SW 27 Avenue (right near Best Buy). This new store marks Earth Fare’s fifth Florida location. While you’re there, pick up a Healthy Rewards card. You can earn points while shopping and get special previews and offers.
On to the giveaway —
Here’s a great chance to check out Earth Fare, for free! Enter below to win a $25 gift card.
How to enter: There are several ways to enter. This giveaway starts April 26, 2017 at midnight EST and ends May 18, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. Entrants must be USA residents and at least 18 years old. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The email will come from joannegreco at gmail. The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Jerry Marquardt says
I love the photos on this great supermarket. The food looks magnificent and of high quality. Thank you so much for featuring the fare.
Holly Thomas says
I am looking forward to visiting this store very soon!
I have heard great things about Earth Fare and I am looking forward to visiting there this weekend!
aaron reck says
I live in Kentucky. I didn’t get to put my zip code in the app. Sorry about that. but it’s 41101 Thanks so much. I would like to have some of that chocolate cake. I like to stop by when I visit Florida…
Dana Rodriguez says
That is awesome they opened up in Ocala. I used to live there. I also think it is so cool you met Dawn Lopez. I have been following her for a few years. It is always neat when you get to meet someone you met online.
Iwona Nieves says
I used to shop in Earth Fare when I lived in Tennessee and North Carolina. So excited we have one in Ocala now!
shannon fowler says
We definitely need to check this store out. e don’t live super close, but its still close enough to go on special occasions.
Samantha bulman says
I love earth fare !
Cynthia C says
We just got an Earth Fare locally and I’ve been meaning to check it out. It sounds like a great place to shop.
My mom in law went last week and brought over a chicken salad from there, the veggies were fresh and delicious, I didn’t get to try the chicken though because my kiddos ate it all first ? I can’t wait till I have a moment to make it across town to check the store out for myself.
Stacey Grantham says
I was blown away at the amount of quality produce, food, and deli. I will be a weekly customer.
I am so excited about this. I love milk in glass bottles.
Janice Barham says
Thanks for the opportunity to win. I am looking forward to checking this place out.
Dawn Lopez says
This was SO much fun Joanne! It was SO fun to meet you and get a tour of the store. We definitely need to meet up over a smoothie 😉