Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Food Lion

In Virginia at least, the two grocery stores you can find in rural areas are usually Walmart and Food Lion. My town of Ashland is no exception. Although just outside the city of Richmond, the town itself can only claim these two as real groceries. Sure, we’ve got a great farmer’s market in the summerContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Food Lion”

Grocery Store Tour Series for Vegans: Target

Yes. That Target. The same one with the fancy designer clothes and home goods and the super fun dollar section. And although not every Target has the real grocery department, granting it the title of PFresh Target, we do have two close to me that have that distinction.  Of course, one can’t possibly do theirContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour Series for Vegans: Target”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Publix

In the Richmond market, Publix is a relatively new player. As a national chain, they have steadily migrated north. As a kid, I remember shopping there with my mom every time we visited my grandparents in Florida. They have always been nice, clean, bright, and friendly stores. When Martin’s decided to leave the stores theyContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Publix”

Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Fresh Market

Last week on the Outer Banks, I found myself in need of vital wheat gluten for a recipe for vegan Salisbury steak from Rabbit and Wolves that my friend and fellow blogger Britany shared with me. Well, the Harris Teeter didn’t have it. Of the remaining grocery stores at the beach, I figured the FreshContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Fresh Market”

Grocery Store Tours for Vegans: Lidl

In the bargain grocery market, Aldi and Lidl are pretty similar, and the original store owners were brothers. I already shared Aldi with you a few months ago, so this week, I’m taking you to Lidl! Both are filled with lots of merchandise under the store’s label. I find that the Aldi stores feel smaller,Continue reading “Grocery Store Tours for Vegans: Lidl”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Whole Foods

Whole Foods seems to be synonymous with the mecca of all things organic, weird, healthy, and vegan. This is why it wasn’t one of my first grocery tours! We are lucky to now have 2 stores in the RVA, both north of the river. Our original store is in Short Pump, and a new oneContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Whole Foods”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Wegmans

Wegmans is a fairly new player in the Richmond market, migrating from up north. I have friends who grew up with Wegmans and swear they are the best grocery stores ever! I’ve found the stores to be very nice, however, a bit pricey for some items. They also lack a few brands of my favoritesContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Wegmans”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Costco

The mecca of suburban consumerism lies within the walls of Costco. But who minds, really? They treat their employees well, the stores are clean, and in non-pandemic times, you can score free food. During these strange times, they were also one of the first stores to require face coverings to protect the health of bothContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Costco”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: New Grand Mart

There’s a vegan I follow on Twitter who recently recommended to explore your local international market. I remembered that there is one not too far from us in the West End of Richmond that took over an abandoned Food Lion store. My daughter and I were up for an adventure the other day, so weContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: New Grand Mart”

Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Walmart

If I could afford to return to school, I would go back for an MPH. A master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on exercise and nutrition would expand my knowledge base, and it would help me fulfill my desire to help people live more active and healthy lifestyles, especially in the communities thatContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Walmart”