Sunday, March 30, 2008


Went again to Waldo's (my local natural market, formerly Wild Oats Natural Market).
Which is now Whole Foods.
Let me just say... I don't like it.

Admittedly, I'm not one who really ever appreciates change, and yes, I get irritated when they change around where my eggs are, in hopes of manipulating me into buying something New And Different. Hmmph.

But this is the second time that I've been in the last week or so, and I've just gotten bent both times.
The little niceties are gone.
Things that probably don't matter to anyone else, but things that are important to me.
Such as...
Wooden nickels for $ off for bringing our own bags. The babes loved giving to their favorite charities.
Seeing the same faces every time I go.
Not anymore. I don't recognize a single one.
The little handywipes... you know, the ones in the wipes can that you grab before you touch the handle of the cart?
Nowhere in sight.
The plastic bags for your produce?
Eight out of nine - I am not exaggerating!, eight of them were empty! The same eight as the other day!! What the hell is up with that?!?
Now -- I don't use these, much, admittedly. I always put in apples, peppers, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and lots of other things in my cart without them. But one simply cannot purchase loose springmix and sugar snap peas with No Bag!

When they first started their milk was being passed off as organic. It wasn't. You had to look to figure out what was and what wasn't!

I'm just mad.

I don't like it.
I may get used to it.
But then, on the other hand, the store that is less than two blocks from my front door is a locally owned (unlike wtf - haha, think that'll be my name for them...) and has lots and lots of organics. And naturals.

I love that store, (they're the ones that had the luxury bags for 99cents - and do again) and maybe I'll stick to that one for most of my foods.
I'll have to get a few things at wtf - conditioner, hams, walnut bread (Madd's favorite), and snap peas... other than that, I think Harmons has us covered.

dumb old wtf.


lerend zonder school said...

I hear ya on this one! Believe me, I worked at New Frontiers before it was taken over by Wild Oats, and the changes that were made were similar (lots of seasoned employees being layed off).

Anyway, I really do like shopping at Harmons and get all that I can there and what I can't get there I get at Whole Foods. The grocery bag thing ticked me off too, so now we get credited the 10 cents as I'm not contributing to a public school, we'll donate to our own "school":) Just so you know, Whole Foods has the .99 cent bags now too. I misplaced a few of my bags and we went to Harmons and Whole Foods yesterday, so I bought 2 at Whole Foods since they were indeed .99 cents.

I too wondered why some of the prices seemed to be a lot cheaper, until I noticed also that the stuff wasn't organic like the wild oats brand.

I'm telling you all of us need to start a co-op! The minimum purchase through Nature's Best is $200 a week, I think we can qualify don't you? If your interested let me know and I will look into it.

Stephanie S. said...

I'm gonna check them out today.
I could probably commit to $50-75 a week minimum.

whimsigal said...

I can totally identify with your frustration. We are so dependent on these places for our food and it's no fun when they change things around or are just plain dishonest about the selection.

I'm glad you have a local place to go that offers the quality you desire though!