Not So 'Fresh' Market
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- I have been shopping at Fresh Market since moving to Tampa, FL in June of 2008 and I have noticed that there are too many items that sit too long on the shelf there, including cheeses and fruits. I was examining the fresh mozzarella cheese there one day and every single mozzarella ball on the shelf was past its expiration date. Then, I bought a bunch of apricots to make fresh baby food and the apricots all had brown spots inside of them. My husband picked up a 1/2 papaya there the other day and the papaya had sprouts coming out of the seeds already. I picked up some dog treats that after opening and examination had whitish mold-like stuff growing on them. How can a store that labels itself "Fresh Market" keep stuff on its shelves that are so obviously not fresh, especially for the expensive prices charged there on many items?
Why can't they keep records of when products are put out and take them off the shelves appropriately when they are expired or have been out on the floor too long? I shop there still only because there are a few great items that I like there. They are probably also the items that others like there because I haven't had any problems with the freshness of those few select items. I would love for the company to address these problems because then I could shop there with some confidence again.
As it is, I don't trust anything on the shelves without thoroughly examining for dates and for those items that don't have dates, I know I am taking a risk.