I am all about cool new grocery stores and saving money so when I was approached by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market recently, it was kismet.
Only they need to get their rear end closer to where I live because I am seriously jealous of all they have to offer.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a brand new full-service specialty grocery store that focuses on fresh, healthy organic items that don’t break the bank.
They are slated to open 60 stores by 2019…….one of which better be in my area or I am going to have a fit.
They are located all throughout the Midwest in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and opening two stores in Missouri as I write this.
Three stores are opening here locally this week: on Elston Avenue in Chicago; in Naperville and in Crystal Lake.
If you aren’t familiar with Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, here is their Jerry Maguire mission statement:
Our mission is to improve the way our communities eat by combining the spirit of a weekend farmers market, and the convenience of a neighborhood store, with the nutritious offerings of a natural food marketplace.
Basically, Fresh Thyme wants each store to have a local feel from everything that they place on their shelves to the employees they have working in their buildings and I love that philosophy.
Especially because I am the same person who can’t get my rear end to a farmers market to save my life, so if there is one every single day of the year?
Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets offer a natural meat department, a deli section that is actually good for you, bakery, bulk foods, a salad bar (OMG I LOVE A SALAD BAR!!!), and they even offer products such as recipes that use MSG free ingredients, which I adore.
They even have over 1,600 gluten free products in every store in addition to offering over 7,000 different varieties of vitamins, supplements and natural body care products.
Another thing I love about Fresh Thyme is their dedication to giving back to the community and helping others.
All Fresh Thyme stores are selling these limited edition reusable bags that benefit breast cancer recovery.
The bags will sell for only a $1.50 each, with all profits being donated to the charity.
Tonight, the Elston Avenue store is hosting Guiliana Rancic, a breast cancer survivor, for an invitation only preview party!
My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail…..
You can attend the Twitter party with Guiliana and it is like you are TOTALLY there.
Use the hashtag #FreshThymeChi on Twitter from 5-6 pm to get in like you are one of the cool kids.
Twitter parties are fun and you can wear your bathrobe while attending.
Oh and $500 in gift cards will be given away!!!
With grand openings come all sorts of fun happenings!
Tomorrow here at the three Chicago area stores, here are the fun events that are planned:
Wednesday October 14th at 6:45 am (COME ON, GET UP A LITTLE EARLY, WHO DOESN’T LOVE A RIBBON CUTTING???)
Join them for a ribbon cutting and a check presentation to the community partners at the following at the above stores.
Starting at 7:00 am:
– The first 250 customers will receive a free bag of groceries valued at $50 or more! Get in line early to reserve your place!
– Sampling will be offered (WHO DOESN’T LOVE FREE FOOD??)
– Amazing grand opening specials and more!
Head over to Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets website to see all that I couldn’t include here!
Disclaimer: I have received promotional consideration from Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets. All opinions are my own.
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