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Very nice food called Wild Oats

8 Oct

It seemed as though the meat counter had transitioned, and the fish appeared to be a work in progress. I would like to see some more of the specialty produce Whole Foods carries, particularly in the mushroom and egg areas; while WF carries a large variety of locally-produced eggs (from 2 Silos) & mushrooms (from Mushroom Harvest), I couldn’t find anything comparable on my trip to Wild Oats. I couldn’t find very many local products at all at WO, actually, which was kind of a surprise. I can only hope it changes as we get closer to the growing season.

Wild Oats always seemed to bridge the gap pretty nicely – they had a great café area which was always full, they had a coffee and smoothie bar, and a salad, soup and prepared foods area, and their sushi was beyond compare, for grocery store sushi in Columbus Ohio.The transition from Wild Oats is a work in progress; you can see evidence of Whole Foods throughout the store, but there is still a bit of W.O. left – such as the sign out front. Here is where I have a little concern for the WO store and those who loved it just as it was. You see, although I do enjoy Whole Foods, and think their store brand products (365) are some of the best value brands around, Whole Foods has always seemed a little too slick, a little too perfect, a little too pretty to be an organic store. Maybe it’s because I’m used to stores like the Clintonville Co-op, which has that small, earnest, hippy-love thing going on which I associate with organic stores. And it’s about the only place in Columbus where they don’t look at you like you have 4 heads when you deny a bag and volunteer to carry your oranges and avocados out of the store in your own 2 hands.

I thought they had way too much in the way of natural health and beauty products, but they always had a nice selection of beer and wine, and the bulk section was also great.Wild Oats also seems to have really great social events – most of which are free, unlike the WF events. They have events for singles, outdoor clambakes, and lots of free seminars in the café for everything from laughter therapy to getting in your whole grains.

The good parts of Whole Foods have migrated – the pizza, for one thing, and that’s something everyone can rejoice about, the 365 brand, and the great WF cheese selection, along with the super cheap cheese ends basket, where once can purchase a tiny chunk of some sort of raw milk extra aged this-or-that for far less than its typical $22/pound price tag. I didn’t sample any of the prepared foods (and I am not a fan of WF’s prepared foods – the chefs at WO had more freedom, I believe, to adjust the flavoring of their dishes); but it appeared to be a mix of WO & WF usuals.