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 $12, you get $24 worth of organic produce, proteins, and more at New Leaf Market, located at the corner of Apalachee Parkway and Magnolia Drive.
A cooperatively owned natural products grocer and winner of the 2010 Small Business of the Year award at the 2010 Small Business Excellence Awards, New Leaf Market helps customers abandon old leaf-eating habits with a panoply of local organic produce, dairy, meat, and baked goods. Owners and non-owners alike can take their pick from a large selection of organic produce, free of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and associations with sketchy high-school friends. Snack on tart-tasting fruit from C&J's Blueberries, shiitake mushrooms from Turkey Hill Farm, and tasty dairy products from Dreaming Cow Creamery. The brand-new meat and poultry department features an array of fresh-packaged meat and poultry, including natural, hormone-free, free-range, and organic beef, pork, chicken, and turkey.
In addition to its local produce, New Leaf Market stocks a large assortment of beer, wine, and cheese. Taste one of the gourmet grocer's organic, sulfite-free wines during a complimentary wine tasting offered every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Besides savoring the organic produce, meats, and libations, victual virtuosos can partake in a variety of seminars and events, such as hands-on cooking classes, wellness seminars, and baguette-based drum clinics.