Excellent Wine, Best Value for Pantry
Posted on 02 / 24 / 2013
Trader Joe's seems to have a cult following. They have an enormous and ever-changing variety of prepared and packaged foods like Asian salads, middle-eastern dips and quinoa corn chips with chia seeds. The prices are an excellent value for most things, especially the wine where you can get many decent bottles for under $6 including some organic wines.
This is one of the stores in the area besides Wegmans where you can buy groceries and wine/liquor/beer in the same place.
They always have a tasting station with fresh brewed coffee and usually a juice and a featured food or snack. While the packaged goods are usually very good and a great value, I do find the quality of produce to be less than desired. The avocados, in particular for some reason, always seem to go bad more quickly than when I buy elsewhere. But for other organic produce, you can find some excellent value with the bulk/pre-weighed bags, for example onions and limes.
They also carry a large variety of vegetarian and vegan items but beware that most of the frozen and prepackaged veg foods are not exactly what I would call healthy. They may taste very good but read the labels so you know what you're getting. I tend to stick with single food items, like frozen spinach or blueberries vs. the meals that may have a ton of salt, soy isolates or sugar (it's amazing how many of their shelf products have added sugar in it!). At the same time they do have some great organic grains, beans and nuts with nothing added. Just don't get too attached to particular items because things go out of stock frequently or are discontinued altogether without notice.
Overall, TJ's is excellent for many items, and great for stocking up your pantry with jarred/canned goods, snacks or wine.
Wine, Best value on some items, Many organic products
Produce quality varies, Stock varies depending on the day, Can be a zoo, long lines to checkout