“I like being able to walk into an old town and find good local food.”
I recently posted about the new ShopRite location in Slingerlands. I was quite impressed with their selection of local products. In my first post, I just mentioned some of the local affiliations but I want to be able to spotlight them a little bit more.
First, we were able to try Dominick’s Pizza which is located in Slingerlands. They make their pizza from all-natural products and can be found in the frozen aisle of ShopRite to take home and make yourself or you can take home a bottle of their sauce and make Dominick-style pizza yourself. If you got to their actual location, you can not only buy some pizza but they also offer subs, salads, wings, appetizers and other assorted dinners all for a reasonable price. Check out their website for a full menu.
Next was Grandpa Pete‘s gluten-free pizza. Grandpa Pete, which can be found in the Catskills was my favorite local product found in ShopRite. I don’t know of any other supermarket that sells homemade pasta, especially gluten-free. If you’re looking for some Italian sauce and pasta from recipes passed down from Grandpa Pete through the Serro family, make sure you find out where this is in your local ShopRite. Pair the pasta with some of Grandpa Pete’s homemade sauce and you have yourself a great Italian dinner that you can tell your friends is homemade and just leave out that part that it was homemade by someone else as long as it’s local!
Last of the Italian-themed tastings was Minissales in Troy. They offered some of their sauces as well as some of their special spice blends. The sauces are 100% all natural with no preservative, no added salt, sugar and no soy. The restaurant was passed down through the family over 30 years ago and involved the whole family takes part in making Minissale’s as successful as it is. The menu on their website looks delicious so if you’re looking for a great tasting Italian restaurant in Troy, based on the way their bottled sauce tastes, I can’t imagine what it would taste like hot off of the stove, give it a try!
We started off with Our Daily Eats which is based in Delmar. Our Daily Eats is a company that was created in 2004 starting with spicy maple almonds and since then has expanded to granola, pestos and other roasted nuts. You can find Our Daily Eats’ products at the Empire State Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays), the Schenectady Farmer’s Market (Thursdays), the Delmar Farmer’s Market (Saturday) and every other Schenectady Greenmarket (Sunday). Now if you can’t make it to one of your favorite local markets, you can find it at your local ShopRite!
Gatherer’s Granola was the last local business that we got to check out. I’m familiar with their delicious granola from the Schenectady Greenmarket. Chipmunk’s Choice was my favorite, it has almonds, peanut butter and maple syrup. Squirrel Bait aside from the coconut (not my personal favorite) it also has pecans and maple syrup. My favorite was one kind they had with dried apples and oats. It was exactly like Apple Cinnamon oatmeal but in granola form. It was delicious.
The next time you’re at any local Farmer’s Market, check out some of these products. On the plus side, if you miss out on your local market, now you can head to ShopRite and get them. As I mentioned in my last blog post, ShopRite is very open to offering other local products, just send them a message and they’ll check it out. What other great local products do you wish they had in supermarkets?
I’m also giving away 3 $25 ShopRite gift cards, I already picked on winner but there are still two chances left and two cards with (hopefully) your name on it. For the second part of the contest, comment here or on my Facebook page the answer to this question: Which of the local products now found at ShopRite stores are you most excited about?
To check out my most recent blog entry on ShopRite, CLICK HERE.