A grocery store is like a carnival midway—it offers shelves and shelves of goodies that only become available after lobbing baseballs at stacks of bottles. Today's Groupon brings the fresh food without the carnie cons: for $10, you get $20 worth of locally grown produce and more at Pipkin's Fruit & Vegetable Market on Cooper Road.
A humble standalone shop with an impressive inventory, Pipkin's provides the area with locally raised produce, specialty groceries, fresh-from-the-plot flowers, and more. Using a 100-mile radial rule of thumb, the store trucks in juicy and sweet eats from Ohio, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and anywhere flavorful greenery grows. Food-pyramid summiteers can snag one of 20 varieties of apples ($0.99 per pound) or a few bunches of spotless bananas ($0.49 per pound), while pigskin fans can snag some homemade salsa and guacamole ($3.99–$5.99). Before the leaves fall and the sun burns out, families can also stock up on pumpkins—nature's emotional lantern ($0.39 per pound).
Supporting both Ohioan soil and storefronts, Pipkin's carries locally produced pasta sauces from Germano's in Cincinnati and Pitrelli's in Mason, as well as a variety of homemade grains and sweets from the hometown Busken Bakery. The shelves are always shifting, and the seasonal items are always under quality watch. Stop in and smell the produce before the produce gets too lonesome or bought.
Pipkin's Fruit & Vegetable Market gets a perfect five-star average rating from five Yelpers:
- I got everything I was promised and then some. There are seemingly endless varieties of hard-to-find ingredients... tahini, white balsamic and other vinegars, medjool dates available in bulk, organic salsas just to name a few. – Caroline C.
- Pipkin's is great! This place is the cutest, and most humble market in town. – sally p.