Yesterday I went to Whole Foods. I remember so well how I loved the little Wellspring Grocery store that opened in Durham around 1982. It had delicious cheeses, bins of whole grains of all kinds and great produce. Then it grew and a new, fancy store was opened in Durham and then one in Raleigh and, I believe, Chapel Hill as well. I loved shopping there. Then we moved to other places and Wellspring was bought by Whole Foods. I'm not sure who copied who, but the current Whole Foods stores look just like the big Wellsprings that were built in the Triangle area. But now I just can't get so excited about these stores anymore. I'm just too old. All the earnest people shopping in that store, trying to eat their way to a better, more special life. I just don't think food can do that (although I do believe in eating good and tasty food!) by being specially labled and packaged. I had to stifle my snort when I saw the bar with it's claim of cleansing the body - and this was an energy bar, not a bar of soap! And this "whole foods" store had a terrible stock of whole wheat flour - Lunardi's has a bigger selection. On the plus side, I did find the good apple cidar and sherry vinegars I couldn't find at Publix.
Outside in the Whole Foods parking lot I took this picture.
And this one.