Budding produce store

Budding produce store

There are 42 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Aug 10, 2009, titled Budding produce store. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

The new Sunflower Farmers Market in the DeVargas Center has one employee whose job goes beyond stocking shelves, bagging groceries or running the liquor department.

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“Ideologically opposed to art”

Since: Apr 09

Santa Fe

#1 Aug 10, 2009
This is really going to whack Albertsons a good one. They are the last of the "old-school" supermarket chain in Santa Fe, you can tell by the trashy offensive gossip mags at the checkout stand. Sunflower is all upbeat and health conscious, which is what modern consumers want. But also commercial enough to keep prices low and appeal to suburbanites. Its the secret to their success. Sort of halfway between La Montanita and Albertsons in the target demographic.
KAnn

AOL

#2 Aug 10, 2009
I would never shop at a SunFlower store. The produce is cheap because it is of generally poor quality. SunFlower sells products that contain trans fats and artificial flavorings, colors and preservatives. They also carry conventional cleaning and household prodcts that are bad for the environment. They also continue to provide plastic bags. Shop Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage or the co-ops! I was expecting much different when SunFlower came to town-went twice and never returned.

Since: Nov 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Aug 10, 2009
I happen to really like Albertsons. I don't know about "upbeat" and "health conscious" and other high-flown dipsy-doodle adjectives, but Albertsons offers top-notch produce, fair prices, friendly people, and good service.

Never noticed the "trash offensive gossip mags." Guess I wasn't looking for them.
Stay

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Aug 10, 2009
KAnn wrote:
I would never shop at a SunFlower store. The produce is cheap because it is of generally poor quality. SunFlower sells products that contain trans fats and artificial flavorings, colors and preservatives. They also carry conventional cleaning and household prodcts that are bad for the environment. They also continue to provide plastic bags. Shop Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage or the co-ops! I was expecting much different when SunFlower came to town-went twice and never returned.
...in your cave.

“You probably already know me.”

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

#5 Aug 10, 2009
I can't wait! Sunflower in Bernalillo is nice and quiet and I can find mort everything I'm shopping for... Of course I don't buy much packaged food in the first place, and they have some of that if I want it, and at cheaper prices than Whole Foods.
I suspect Albertson's and Whole Foods are going to have to do a bit of legwork to catch up.
I noticed that Albertson's has new banners stating that you'll never find more than three people in line at their stores, hanging over the three lanes with seven people in line most of this weekend when I went there... Ouch!
Alex Chilton

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Aug 10, 2009
I'll shop at Sun Flower Market ONLY because the parking situation will be better than Whole Foods. Hurry up and open the Zaferano store too. That parking situation will be even better.
groceries

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Aug 11, 2009
Let's see... Trader Joe's...the profits go to Germany..so much for "shopping local" and keeping money in the community. In what language does Whole Foods mean greedy? And Sunflower used non-union workers to build their stores...

“Ideologically opposed to art”

Since: Apr 09

Santa Fe

#8 Aug 11, 2009
groceries wrote:
Sunflower used non-union workers to build their stores...
Wrong... the non-union workers were hired by mall management. Which Sunflower had no say over.
Photo

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 Aug 11, 2009
Gnarlodious wrote:
This is really going to whack Albertsons a good one. They are the last of the "old-school" supermarket chain in Santa Fe, you can tell by the trashy offensive gossip mags at the checkout stand. Sunflower is all upbeat and health conscious, which is what modern consumers want. But also commercial enough to keep prices low and appeal to suburbanites. Its the secret to their success. Sort of halfway between La Montanita and Albertsons in the target demographic.
Is that your real photo? Yikes!
Unions

Rio Rancho, NM

#10 Aug 11, 2009
groceries wrote:
Let's see... Trader Joe's...the profits go to Germany..so much for "shopping local" and keeping money in the community. In what language does Whole Foods mean greedy? And Sunflower used non-union workers to build their stores...
====suk
Doinky

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Aug 11, 2009
Sunflower offers great deals on produce. Everything else is priced pretty high. Raw Milk cheddar at Vitamin Cottage 4.99 - at Sunflower it's 7.99!!

I go to V-Cottage for anything packaged, plus bulk items like flour and nuts are stored in the cooler unlike every other 'natural' food store in town.

Veggies are a deal at sunflower. Everything else is not.

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

#12 Aug 11, 2009
I love you Gnarly. Don`t pay attention to these kind people.

The only Grocery store I despise is Whole Paycheck.
Produce with lots of surface area like broccoli, lettuce, or grapes , should always be organic. Produce like oranges, bananas, lemons, Avocado etc etc, Don`t need to be organic. Washing, or peeling works well.
I just hate transnational corporate food.
Ever eat Linda McCartney`s prepared health food. She died in her forties. Not gunna catch me eating her food.
I`m hard pressed to find eatable food when I go into places like Lowes, or Albertsons.
Buy Local produce when ever possible.
My two sense. And I never get sick. And I don`t want health insurance thank you. And I hate those stupid magazines at the extortion counters.
Dazzle

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Aug 11, 2009
No matter how many "natural foods" stores come to Santa Fe (a misleading moniker if ever there was one), I will continue to shop at member-owned La Montanita Co-op. It's a name I can trust, with admirable ethics and standards. C'mon Santa Fe, support your locally-owned businesses!
undertow

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Aug 11, 2009
I resent being referred to derogatorily as part of the "yuppie crowd" simply because I want produce that has not been sprayed with poison.

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

#15 Aug 11, 2009
Over fed, and under nourished.
Think about how the crime rate would decrease if peoples brains were properly nourished.

I link the two. Eat McDonald's, beat your wife.
Eat Natural home grown foods, and love your wife.
santa

Santa Fe, NM

#16 Aug 11, 2009
I really want to like La Montanita for being locally-owned, but their prices are so high! I buy the big jars of whey protein and what costs $21 at Whole Foods and Smith's is $32 there! They still have a long way to go, but Smith's and Albertson's have started carrying a lot more organic and natural staples in the last few years.
KaT

Santa Fe, NM

#17 Aug 11, 2009
Yeah the "yuppie crowd" comment is tacky and offensive.

I buy as much organic and local stuff as I can for my son.

I consider myself toxified thouroughly anyway and will eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday to allow my son to eat better than I did.

I invest in a half steer every year and a half too. I know where it came from and who raised it and how. I have enough room, 30' x 60' to raise a good sized veggie garden with herbs mixed in and have some fruit trees too.

It's a lot more work than most put in, but after my 40+ hour week and in between, working in the garden is a joy, and my hands and my guinea hens are my pest control.

Kill your t.v. and plant a garden. If you grow too much, give it to your family or deserving neighbors. My neighbor is a WWII vet and I happily plop my son over the fence and send him over with arms full of carrots, acorn squash and zuchinni. The neighbor and his wife love it and a little visitor to boot!
A few things to know

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Aug 11, 2009
Don't forget the Farmers Market.
SunflowerLuvr

Tucson, AZ

#19 Aug 11, 2009
KAnn wrote:
I would never shop at a SunFlower store. The produce is cheap because it is of generally poor quality....I was expecting much different when SunFlower came to town-went twice and never returned.
It just opened today, how have you gone twice?!?! I think you are just judging them too quickly. Sunflower Farmers Market (get the name right please) has fantastic produce and they can keep their prices low because the buy from local farmers in big bulk. Sunflower Farmers Market has a great reputation and brings over 100 jobs to our community. Just be happy it's not another Big Box store to over shadow the ones that count! Wednesday is the BEST day to shop... DOUBLE AD DAYS!!! YAY I LOVE SUNFLOWER FARMERS MARKET!!! www.sfmarkets.com
Peskime

Portales, NM

#20 Aug 11, 2009
KaT wrote:
Yeah the "yuppie crowd" comment is tacky and offensive.
I buy as much organic and local stuff as I can for my son.
I consider myself toxified thouroughly anyway and will eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday to allow my son to eat better than I did.
I invest in a half steer every year and a half too. I know where it came from and who raised it and how. I have enough room, 30' x 60' to raise a good sized veggie garden with herbs mixed in and have some fruit trees too.
It's a lot more work than most put in, but after my 40+ hour week and in between, working in the garden is a joy, and my hands and my guinea hens are my pest control.
Kill your t.v. and plant a garden. If you grow too much, give it to your family or deserving neighbors. My neighbor is a WWII vet and I happily plop my son over the fence and send him over with arms full of carrots, acorn squash and zuchinni. The neighbor and his wife love it and a little visitor to boot!
Your letter impressed me until you got to the half steer part. Good nutrtion does not have to include beef.

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