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Exorbitant Pricing
Posted by Noacumen on 08/31/2009
We are regular shoppers at The Fresh Market in Southern Pines, NC. I am a diabetic. We purchased a sugar free apple pie on 31 August 2009. The price for a regular pie was $7.99, we were shocked when we got home and looked at the sales receipt. They had priced the sugar free pie at $9.99. I went back to the store and asked a clerk in the bakery department about the pricing. Her reply was that corporate set the prices. We have the extra $2.00 for the pie. The irony is that the store has plastered all over the window and other places in the store asking for donations to the Kid, s Diabetic fund. I sense a certain inconsistency in their motives. Why should a diabetic have to pay more? Certainly the sweetener they use in one pie does not cost $2.00. Many items in this store are not priced. The service is sloppy and they have a very cavalier attitude regarding their customers.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-31:
So-called sugar free foods cakes, pies, cookies, etc, cost more to manufacture. Plus the market for such foods is smaller. Therefore smaller demand means higher prices. Diabetics make up about 12% of the population. I tend to avoid most all sugar free treats because in order for them to taste good more fat is added. And they usually are high in carbs. Make your own treats at home, lots of great diabetic recipes online.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-31:
If the service is sloppy, and their attitudes are very "cavalier" towards customers, why are you regular customers there?
Posted by moneybags on 2009-08-31:
Same as above....check the carbs and fat grams. Steer clear. Eat fresh fruit in moderation.
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Not So 'Fresh' Market
Posted by IJen on 05/26/2009
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.
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Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-26:
Very helpful review. I use Fresh Market here and expect them to be above reproach!
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-26:
Never heard of them,they don't sound too fresh to me
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-26:
Actually, the one here is awesome, its high end, good stuff. That's why I would be just like this poster if I got "less than top of the line".
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-26:
They have Fresh and Easy stores here. At first I thought it was a place to buy feminine products. I find the food overpriced and kinda tasteless
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-26:
Hahaha yaya! Around here, the best bets are Fresh Market and Publix..but I shop lots of places, cause I have the time. I get meat at one place, produce another, blah blah blah.
Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2009-05-26:
I wonder what a health inspector would do if he came across that store...
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-05-26:
i have shopped my local fresh market for years, and have never seen this.

the whitish powder on the dog treats was either flour or cornstarch used during packaging. cheese is a mold product anyways, so no worries. fruit can go bad in hours after being picked off the tree, let alone after it set on a shelf a day or so.

"I wonder what a health inspector would do if he came across that store..."

nothing because they have zero to do with retail stores. i think you mean the fda?
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Not So Fresh
Posted by KristiG on 01/19/2008
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- Bad Cantaloupes - Fresh MarketI finally had the time to drive 30 minutes out of my way (and passing by dozens of other grocery stores) to try out the Fresh Market in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Yeah, it was a bit on the expensive site, but this is supposed to be the freshest place to shop. When I got home I immediately went to chop up my cantaloupes, and it was dark orange (looked like the uncooked fish in Sushi), and tasted like a shot of alcohol. I wanted to email a complaint to the store (with photos of cantaloupe), but there is no email address available on their site, and no one picked up at the store phone number. I would love to go back to the store, but it is not worth the gas money (especially since I already lost out on $5 with this old fruit). I have bought fresher products at the discount Food Lion down the street, probably even Super Walmart!

My advice, be careful what you buy there. Two other items I bout were also older tasting and thrown away. But the cantaloupe was just too ridiculous that I needed to have a verbal complaint.
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Posted by madconsumer on 2008-01-19:
not even in the best of stores can you not be selective on choosing produce. i shop our local fresh market weekely, and really enjoy the quality of the produce.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-01-19:
now that i can see your pictures, that looks like freeze damage.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-01-19:
Kristi...Email you photos to:


Let us know how it turns out.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-19:
In the future, when picking out a canteloupe, shake it. If you hear the seeds swooshing around inside, it is overripe.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-19:
cherp I do the same thing. The other thing I do that I have always been successful with is giving it a gentle tap with the tip of my fingers. If your finger tips sink in they melons are over ripe, if it makes a gentle hollow sound it is good to eat. I personally prefer to have my fruits ripen at home.
Mad is right, that looks like freezer burn. They may have had those melons stored at the back of the refrigerator where things can become frozen. All the same it's gross and would make me mad as well.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-01-19:
I also heard pressing where the stem piece is, would tell you if it's ripe or not...I guess it's supposed to give a little? I go by the smell, you can smell a good loupe.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-01-19:
I've never heard that one DB. I'll try it though and see if it works. I'm guessing if it sinks in it's over ripe and if it's firm it's good. It could be the other way around though.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-01-19:
Well, buy one of each and let us know which is the good one...LOL.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-19:
When my wife buys vegetables, I ask her - "do you want me to toss this in the garbage now? Or do you intend to let it age for a month in the fridge before I toss it!"
Posted by Ponie on 2008-01-19:
Pirate--that sounds just like my refrigerator looks most of the time. :)
Posted by KristiG on 2008-01-19:
The freshideas@thefreshmarket.com does not work.

Oh well, I will be more careful next time.

The cantaloupe wasn't the only food that I was disappointed with. But I guess it was just the last straw of the whole shopping trip (and the worst). I went there with high expectations, and they weren't even close to met.

This was my first visit. So maybe I will give them another try some other time, but certainly not in the near future.
Posted by SalEd on 2008-06-19:
I shopped exclusively at Fresh Market for 3 years (they were just down the street. The recently moved & I began going to Harris Teeter where I find wonderful food at much cheaper prices! Imagine!
Of course, the atmosphere isn't as nice. No free coffee. No classical music gently playing. BUT, I'll take cheaper prices any day. I honestly, the food is just as good!
Posted by Bathory on 2008-07-23:
It simply looks like the melon is super-ripe. It's hard to judge what produce is supposed to look and taste like when you grow up buying stuff from supermarkets (orange tomatoes, anyone?) Any farmer would tell you that melon is perfect for eating.
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