In town for the summer? Haven’t made the trip to the new Whole Foods? Well, now is the time to check it out for all your picnic basket goodies. Last fall, when the new Whole Foods Park City opened its doors, locals were excited about the flagship store and what that means for access to food in the area. The Park City store has nearly doubled in size at its new location: 6598 N. Landmark Drive. With 43,000 square feet of artfully curated foodie finds, shoppers are treated to organic and specialty foods, including house-smoked guacamole and local meats, cured and prepared on-site.
Since stepping into this enormous market can be a tad overwhelming, we scoured the aisles for our favorite products. The new Whole Foods is a food lover’s heaven that stimulates all the senses. Here are some things to know before you go:
There is a fresh, organic, cold-pressed juice bar
Here you can customize your juice blend with nine fresh-pressed choices available on tap. Choose from apple, beet, carrot, cherry-lime, coconut water, a green blend, orange, pineapple and tomato. Create your own juice masterpiece or go with an old-time favorite.
You may find surprisingly competitive pricing
Now that Amazon has acquired Whole Foods, it is able to introduce lower prices on groceries, prepared foods and provisions while holding to the store’s mission of bringing organic, non-GMO, local and sustainable options to savvy consumers.
Locals love the Ritual Chocolate drinking chocolate and coffee bar
Make this a first stop, since it’s also right inside the front doors. Grab a cup of joe (Allegro Coffee and a variety of rotating local brews) or a chocolate truffle handmade in-store by a master chocolatier. Ritual Chocolate is locally produced in Park City, and they specialize in making small-batch fine chocolate and exceptional hot drinks.
You will find specialists in every department to help you
There are no silly questions, especially at Whole Foods. Whether it’s the bakery, meat department, cheeses or whole body, feel free to ask a specialist about any product. They are there to help. Can’t decide and need a taste? You can do that, too.
There are great meals and on-the-go options
Each department makes prepped meals for the at-home chef fresh every day. Look for a seasonal theme throughout the packaged foods in the produce and meat departments such as High West Whiskey and local honey infusions. For those on the go, check out the prepared foods section. From soup to pizza and everything in between, there are five themes and 20 preparations sure to satisfy your hunger. One of our favorites is the build-a-bar, featuring items such as build your own fall Brussels sprouts salad. You get to portion all the fixings to your liking. Or how about the mac and cheese station? Yeah, enough said.
The store sources from local foragers
The team tirelessly seeks out local products manufactured in Utah. It has sourced over 1,000 products grown and made in the state, and the products are easy to find by the colorful signage around the whole store.
You can get a drink while you are there
If you are treating yourself to an afternoon shopping session, stop by the Silver Mine Taproom while you are there. The bar area boasts 24 hard-to-find beers on tap, including proprietary local brews, beer by the bottle, wine by the glass and an expansive menu of artisan foods, too. Order at the counter and the staff will bring you your meal.
You can pick up sushi
Gengi Sushi provides fresh sushi rolls prepared on-site using brown or whole grain rice. It also offers fresh ramen bowls and chicken karaage. In the fish department, a ceviche and full poke bar offer a light and healthy treat.
Let the store make gifting easier
Whole Foods can now help put together the perfect party platter or gift basket for any occasion, made to order. Give a coffee-themed basket to a coworker, or a unique bottle of olive oil with a bow and a sprig of rosemary as a hostess gift. Our advice? Get two so you can keep one for yourself.
Whole Foods Canyons Corner
Located at 6598 N. Landmark Drive
Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 7 days a week
435-575-0200 | www.wholefoodsmarket.com