5815 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM | Directions 8710935.146480 -106.555888
Neighborhoods: Bear Canyon, Northeast
ABQ needs Whole Foods – I really love Whole Foods and make a long trip every week. I like the selection at this location better then the one on Carlisle. I am always treated with kindness and given help whenever I need it.
Treat the body like a temple at the country's first national certified organic market. – In Short
Whole Foods is a vegetarian's dream grocery store, with a focus on natural and organic goods and a gargantuan selection of fruits, vegetables and vegan products. But carnivores won't feel neglected, as stores also boast a vast selection of top-quality meats, poultry and fish. Also expect fresh-baked goods, housewares, a floral department and a well-stocked vitamin and personal-product section. Deli offers hot and cold prepared foods and artisanal cheeses.
Expensive and Haughty, but. . . – There is no denying that Whole Foods Market is expensive. And there is also no denying that the whole place seems to exude this snooty, high-brow, 'we're better than you-and we know it!' kind of attitude with all the organic produce and soy products. . .but there are simply some things available here that aren't anywhere else in Albuquerque. For example, cheese. Now, WFM doesn't have a great cheese market, and the sight of prewrapped slices of Taleggio is enough to make this fromage lover cry, but I simply can't find these cheeses anywhere else here, so I must shop for them there. Also, I love their bulk foods section. I'm a total trail-mix fiend, and WFM has the most astonishing array of trail/snack mixes I've ever seen, along with a dizzying selection of grains and those things that are in shells usually but can also be salted/seasoned (I'm not allowed to write out that apparently inflammatory word-ie cashews and almonds). The deli is high-end and accordingly priced, the breads very well-made. All in all, I like this place. However, as far as produce, I'd say get off yer organic high horse and do New Mexico some real good-shop locally, at a farmer's market. A conventional apple from NM is, in the end, a lot better for our state and the environment than an organic banana from Belize.
Nice but... – you must be able to afford it. The market that Whole Foods is will do very nicely.
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