Without grocery stores, humans would be forced to hunt for their meals, chasing down overstuffed shopping carts to hogtie rogue broccoli. Give thanks to the modern marketplace with today's Groupon to The Artisan Gourmet Market in Black Mountain. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of fresh meat, seafood, and groceries at The Artisan Gourmet Market.
- For $5, you get $10 worth of coffee drinks and deli fare at the deli inside The Artisan Gourmet Market.
The Artisan Gourmet Market and its adjacent deli celebrate epicurean urges with a panoply of organic produce, fresh meats and cheeses, fair-trade coffee, and wines from around the world. The meat counter lures health-conscious carnivores with a selection of local and natural meats, such as certified Angus strip loins ($7.49 per lb.) and marinated, natural boneless, skinless chicken ($5.49 per lb.), and a collection of well-traveled cheeses, such as Boar’s Head colby ($7.99 per lb.), encourages daydreamers to climb the swiss-cheese Alps. Time-crunched shoppers can also fill their market-cruising carts with already prepared meals and items from the daily special list, including five-pound bags of fresh ground beef ($1.99 on Mondays) and fresh salmon by the pound ($2 off per lb. on Fridays).
Mirroring its market-sized sister, the on-site deli specializes in local, organic caffeine and serves as an oasis of homemade soups and pastries. Handcrafted sandwiches such as the roast beef—medium-rare, low-sodium Boar's Head meat dressed in vermont white cheddar, stone-ground mustard, and horseradish sauce on multigrain ciabatta, hearth-baked whole wheat, or marbled rye ($7.95)—give chips and pickle spears a fresh, refined sense of purpose, and the cranberry-raspberry chicken salad ($7.95) urges deli diners to explore their softer, sweeter, and more edible side.