Grocery Shopping: Fruit Center Marketplace ~ Part 1

If you've been following food related labor news recently, you're probably aware that there are thousands of people in Massachusetts looking for different places to do their grocery shopping.

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to find a real gem of specialty grocery store, which might be a nice alternative for some. Fruit Center Marketplace is located in Milton and in Hingham, so the location is great if you are in the Boston area and South Shore.

I visited the Milton location and was surprised that it is so close to where I live. Fruit Center Marketplace is much larger than I imagined. If you take the Milton exit off the Expressway, it's right there, but kind of hidden. I had never noticed it the thousands of times that I had driven in that area.

The store is very large, well organized and filled with anything your heart or stomach could possibly desire. The pictures of rows of dried fruits, nuts and produce from yesterday's post were from the store.

I was so swept away by the sheer beauty of everything that I took 150 pictures! Needless to say, it's taken me a while to get through them and I've been rather overwhelmed with trying to put a post together. So I'm taking baby steps.
One of my favorite things was learning about how many locally produced selections they carry. The first picture above shows some of the local coffees they carry: Flat Black and Coffee Break.

They only carry craft beers, many of which are locally brewed or at the very least are brewed in the United States. The picture above shows some beers from Blue Hills Brewery in Canton and Wachusett Brewing Company in Westminister. The variety will blow your mind!

If you are looking to buy American, Fruit Center Marketplace makes it very easy. If you want to take something special to a gathering this summer or if you are having people over, you'll find so many interesting and quality items to choose from.

Besides beers, they have a wonderful selection of wines as well. The store has a wonderful balance of local, regional, American and international products in general. So if you want to focus on items from certain parts of the United States or from specific foreign countries, you can do that too.

The Fruit Center's Hingham location is having special outdoor events where local chefs fire up the grill and demonstrate their cooking skills. There was an event today, but this post is going up too late to mention it. There are at least two more of these events coming up! See below.

Saturday, August 9, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Executive Chef Estaban Gallego from ESTER in Dorchester
Grilled Salmon with Mexican “Street Corn”

Saturday, August 23, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Chef-Owner Brian Jenkins from PORTO BISTRO in Kingston
Marinated Skirt Steak with Meyer Lemon, chimichurri sauce and corn

Hopefully you'll get a chance to attend one of these cooking demonstrations and enjoy some of the free food!

This is just Part 1 about Fruit Center Marketplace. Stay tuned for more!

*Updated 8/10/2014* See Part 2 here.

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Disclosure: Steve's Ice Cream was provided to me compliments of Fruit Center Marketplace. Thank you!

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