Earth Fare Greenwood {Grand Opening & Gift Card Giveaway}

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, e michelle!

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card for personal use as well as a gift card to give away by Earth Fare. All thoughts regarding Earth Fare and photos of the store are mine. Any prices shown in photographs are specific to the Greenwood, Indiana location and may not be available in your local Earth Fare.

I have a thing for grocery stores. I can’t help myself. While some people search out museums, points of interest, or can’t-miss restaurants while traveling, I make a bee line for new-to-me grocery stores. I love looking for unusual products, local foods, and items I can’t find in my own stores at home. I stopped in a grocery store or market nearly every day we were in Spain, and if you give me a town in the US that I’ve been too, I can probably name my favorite grocery store there. I know, it’s strange.

I get just as excited when we get a new grocery store closer to home. So when Earth Fare invited me to take a tour of their brand new store opening in Greenwood, I couldn’t say no! I’m already familiar with the Earth Fare stores, as we have two branches that have opened recently in my neck of the woods (one is located in Noblesville, the other in Carmel).

Unlike traditional grocery stores, Earth Fare’s Food Philosophy sets them apart. They do not carry any items that contain high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors or sweeteners, or synthetic growth hormones. Have you ever spent ten minutes in the cracker aisle, reading teeny-tiny labels, trying to figure out which brand doesn’t have all that junk in it? That won’t happen at Earth Fare. Often when you choose to focus on healthy food items, you have to sacrifice savings. Again, not at Earth Fare. They offer lots of opportunities to save, via coupons, sales, and texts.

Each store has a commitment to buy local when possible. Handy signage lets you know when an item is local. Check out all these tasty treats that originate within 100 miles of the store:

Earth Fare Greenwood local foods

The Greenwood store has an impressive health and wellness department, where you can find everything from vitamins and supplements to beauty products. Not sure what you need, or which product to buy? Extensively trained employees are there to help you out.

Earth Fare Greenwood health and wellness

We are fortunate that food allergies are a non-factor for our family when we shop, but I know many of you have to be vigilant about the products you buy. I love that not only does Earth Fare stock many allergy-friendly products, but they make it easy for shoppers to locate them. For example, throughout the store, any products that were gluten-free were stocked on shelves designated with a wooden shelf marker, distinguishing them from the other products.

Earth Fare Greenwood gluten free shelving

Sadly, the closest store to me doesn’t sell alcohol. But I was happy to see that this Earth Fare carries its own line of wine, bottled exclusively for them! I’ll be back to try a few varieties of Big Tomato wine.

Earth Fare Greenwood Big Tomato Wine

Of course, I’ll need some cheese to go with that wine. Nothing like a few weeks in Europe to get you craving delicious cheeses. Again, Earth Fare has you covered.

Earth Fare Greenwood cheese department

Another service that sets Earth Fare apart is their prepared foods department. Every Thursday is Family Dinner Night, where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. The Food Philosophy carries over into the items served here as well, so not only can you save money while eating out, you can feel good about the food you’re eating. The pizza is especially delicious. Bonus: you can eat it in the store or take home a pie to bake!

Earth Fare Greenwood pizza

The kind people at Earth Fare would like to make it even easier for you to give them a try. They’ve provided me with a $50 gift card, good at any Earth Fare location, to give away. Just use the handy Rafflecopter giveaway widget to enter!

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In the meantime, be sure to check out an Earth Fare store near you! If you’re near Greenwood, your Earth Fare store is open and ready for you to visit! Earth Fare Greenwood is located at 2110 East County Line Road. Visit the Earth Fare website for other locations.




May in an Instagram

1. I bought Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened for my beach trip. Elena and her friend got a hold of it and became somewhat mildly obsessed with Allie Brosh … so much so that I found out Elena’s friend did a presentation on Allie Brosh for a school project. Eli noticed the cover one day and said, “Herpe bowl and a half? That’s a weird name for a book.” All of this is to say the book is awesome and you should definitely read it.

2. The kids and I had the opportunity to visit the newest exhibit at The Children’s Museum a couple of weeks ago, “Take Me There: China.” I highly recommend both the exhibit and the museum. What a treasure we have right here in Indy! Isn’t the lobby gorgeous with all the Chinese lanterns? We’ll be visiting again very soon so we can see the Terra Cotta Warriors.

3. Elena and I did a 5k together! Elena participated in Girls On The Run. If you have a girl that’s at all interested in running, definitely sign her up for a program. It’s about so much more than running. And if you’re an adult woman who likes to run and is looking for a volunteer opportunity that can change girls’ lives, consider volunteering as a mentor or running buddy.

4. Mike made us a big fire pit in our backyard in one afternoon and for less than $50! It’s fabulous, and I see years worth of fun and marshmallows in our future. We of course had to break it in right away, so we had the neighbors over for a bonfire. Eli and his buddy were enthralled when the dads starting burning a broken bench … and maybe a barcalounger. Maybe.

5. I got to sleep in on Mother’s Day (the best free gift ever), but that was quickly surpassed by some late morning snuggles and the perfect handmade necklace from Eli. I’m going to be so sad when he’s too big for momma snuggles and kisses.

6. I surprised Mike for our anniversary with a bottle of this rose from Brad and Angelina’s winery. He’s not a wine drinker, but he’d read about it somewhere and heard that it tasted like Sweet Tarts. So, it doesn’t really, but it is delicious! He tried it, but I don’t think he’ll be switching from Margarita Mike to Moscato Mike anytime soon.

7. Do you have Culver’s where you live? It’s dangerously close to our house. I’m able to resist the siren call most days, but sometimes a crappy day just demands fried cheese curds and a chocolate peanut butter banana shake, ya know?

8. Elena found this Polaroid camera at Goodwill for $4 and had to have it. We haven’t had a chance to get film for it yet, but when we do, I can’t wait to tell her to, “Shake it. Shake it. Shake it like a Polaroid picture.”

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Hendricks County: Holiday Fun & Then Some

Danville, Indiana

Last weekend I had the privilege of spending the weekend with the super-cheerful, ever-accomodating staff behind Visit Hendricks County.  They organized a two-day holiday-themed tour to show bloggers and travel writers some of the highlights of the place they live and work.  And they should be super-cheerful, as this county just west of Indianapolis has so many cool and fun things to show off.

Maybe you remember that I did a similar tour of Hendricks county once before.  That one started out super fun, but didn’t end so well.  I’m a little surprised they wanted me back, but I did pinky-promise not to barf on anyone.  I even got to give my sweet sister a do-over tour.  I’m pleased to report that I made it through this year’s tour vomit-free, and I couldn’t wait any longer to share some of my favorite photos and highlights of the tour with you.

We started out in Martinsville (which is technically Morgan County, but whatever.  The folks at Visit Hendricks County are so nice they want to show you ALL THE COUNTIES!), at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen.   I don’t know how I didn’t know about this place, but I can tell you it will be a Six Family Holiday Tradition from henceforth.  They’ve been hand-making candy canes, using the same copper pot and marble table since 1919.  It takes them 3 hours to make 150 candy canes, so  it’s truly a labor of love.  They make 33 flavors of cane, but in November and December they only make peppermint and cinnamon to keep up with demand.  They are beautiful and delicious.

Martinsville Candy Kitchen Candy Canes

We spent the rest of the afternoon browsing in some stores, including Mooresville Open Market Antiques.  Someone thought it would be a grand idea to give us wine while we shopped.  Let me ponder this for a bit … good idea?

Mooresville Open Market Antiques

I think yes.

We rounded out the evening with a great meal at Zydeco’s.  The chef is a New Orleans native, who found himself in Indiana thanks to a girl he loved.  I’m going to find myself at Zydeco’s more often, too, thanks to some fried catfish I loved – the best I’ve had since my Nashville days.

Zydeco's, Mooresville, Indiana

The next morning we revisited some favorites from the last tour: the 43rd Annual Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas and the Mayberry Cafe.  I love the assortment of vendors at the juried market, including these German Baptist women making the most beautiful wreaths to order.  And the fried chicken at the Mayberry Cafe just may be the best I’ve had in Indiana.

Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas

After lunch we were treated to a reading of Hoosier author Philip Gulley’s holiday story, “Clarence the Christmas Camel” by none other than his lovely wife, Joan.  As she read, we stuffed ourselves with homemade goodies from The Bread Basket, including a French Silk pie, snickerdoodle cake, white chocolate peppermint cake, and my personal favorite, peanut butter pie.

The Bread Basket Peanut Butter Pie

A few miles down the road is Beasley’s Orchard, featured in Indianapolis Monthly magazine’s “50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do!”  They’re best known for their Heartland Apple Festival, held in October (and site of our family’s near-breakdown in their corn maze), but they’re open year round.  Looking for cut apple wood?  This is your place (and it makes a great smelling fire). We also had a chance to sample their award-winning cider.

Beasley's Orchard Apple Cider

We finished the weekend in the most perfect way – sampling beers at Avon’s Cutters Brewing Company. They were new to me, but I’m happy to have another local brew to choose, whether I’m out for a pint or dropping by to fill up a growler. I was thrilled to hear they have plans to can their craft beer soon … perfect for the pool or for shower beers.

Cutters Brewing Company Beer

Whether you’re looking for a simple activity or a weekend full of fun, you’ll find something to love in and around Hendricks County. Keep up with all the happenings in Hendricks County by following their blog. If you have any questions, the folks at Visit Hendricks County are always happy to help. And after spending a weekend with them I can assure you they’ll whip up a perfect itinerary for you, too.

Many thanks to Visit Hendricks County for hosting me on the Ho Ho Ho FAM Tour.

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