Whole Foods Comes to the Desert!
In case you live under a rock or have not seen the signs, long lines and other indicators, a Whole Foods Market has opened in our desert valley. True to its tagline, “America’s Healthiest Store,” Whole Foods hunts down organic foods of the finest quality to sell to consumers in store and online. They also support sustainable agriculture, which is a definite hit among eco-loving health buffs. Our very own Whole Foods Market can be found at 44-459 Town Center Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260. It is open from 7:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening, seven days a week.
What is the Big Deal?
If you have been to a Whole Foods Market before and you then you get it and there is no explanation needed; but if you haven’t then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The store offers a wide variety of organic goods, such as meat, seafood, fresh fruits and veggies, deli meats, organic honey, and cheeses. There are even all-natural and organic beer and wine selections.
Aside from food items, Whole Foods Market carries body care products that contain all natural ingredients, many are paraben and sulfate free. Whole Foods Market’s interpretation of beauty products is free from chemicals that may cause more harm than good in the long run.
The Prepared Foods Departments provide an assortment of delicious goods for those who want to slip healthy eating into their busy lifestyles. Selections may include a pizza station, a sushi or seafood bar, an ethnic restaurant, a raw foods bar, a salad bar, a sandwich bar, and a lot more. All of these are prepared using the most natural and organic ingredients, devoid of preservatives, artificial flavors, and all other chemicals that may be found in most fast food.
For those who are into the juicing craze, the Palm Desert Store has a fresh juicing bar where you can have your choice of fruits and veggies juiced on the spot while you wait. They also have a great assortment of freshly juiced combinations ready to go which include, flavored waters, and fruit and vegetable juice combinations.
You can grab a coffee or tea in hot and cold variants at the in-store coffee bar and for those with a sweet tooth, the fresh pastry and gelato stations offer healthy, delicious options to fulfill your dessert desires.
Don’t think they forgot about our four legged friends. Whole Foods Market even has healthy organic options for pet owners who want only natural goodies for their pets.
Each WFM is different and offers a variety of dining options. The Palm Desert Store has a bar called the Tap-In Room. They have 24 local and national beers on tap, an awesome selection of vino, a full bar menu, daily specials and happy hour from 4pm – 6pm.
Why We Love the Whole Foods Palm Desert Store
There is more to Whole Foods than just healthy goods. The store puts emphasis on giving back to the community and preserving the environment. They support local causes passionately with projects such as food donations to shelters and food banks, and community giving days called the “5% Days.” Several times a year, Whole Foods donates 5% of their day’s sales to local educational and nonprofit organizations. Even their team members take time off to volunteer for these organizations. Some of the local charities supported by our Whole Foods Market are the Humane Society of the Desert, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Desert Aids Foundation, and the Living Desert.
As part of their goal to support sustainable farming, Whole Foods Market has a Local Producer Loan program, where they provide low-interest loans to small farmers and food artisans. Whole Foods Market’s loan program has a budget of about $25M. Aside from these loans, Whole Foods Market supports only local farmers who are concerned with animal welfare and organic farming.
Shopping at Whole Foods on a Budget
Some people refer to WFM as “Whole Paycheck Market” because let’s face it – there is a hefty price tag for all this organic whole food greatness. But there are some tips and tricks to shopping at WFM on a budget.
- Coupons! Check the Whole Deal value guide in stores or print coupons from their website before coming to the store. They also honor manufacturers’ coupons.
- Reach for the 365 Everyday Value® brand. WFM offers over 600 organic 365 Everyday Value® products at great prices.
- Look for sale signs. There are more than 1000 items on sale at any time – Many of the items are organic, including meat, grocery products and fresh seasonal produce.
- Subscribe to the WFM newsletter and receive the latest news and sale alerts.
- Look for sure deals in each issue of The Whole Deal value guide, as these are products that bring you the best quality and the best value every day.
Events at Whole Foods
To make healthy eating even more exciting, the Whole Foods Market holds weekly events and in-store tours. They even give their valued customers a chance to meet local merchants. Some of the recently concluded events in our Whole Foods Market are the Kids’ Club Kickoff Lunch, The Tap Takeover, and the Annual Pancake Breakfast. Their Facebook page is constantly updated with new events and activities that make Whole Foods an excellent hangout for the family.
The One-Eleven Shopping Center has recently been revived with the opening of Nordstrom Rack, Home Goods, and Whole Foods Palm Desert Store. More stores are expected to open in the plaza, giving desert dwellers more shopping, dining, and entertainment options. With the rush of consumers expected to come to these establishments, the owner is currently trying to address parking and crowd issues.
Whole Foods Market joins a list of other health conscious establishments in the desert such as Bristol Farms, Clarks Nutrition and Trader Joes. We welcome these stores and appreciate their efforts to help make healthy eating more convenient and accessible to valley residents.