What’s your most-wasted vegetable?

Mine is usually celery. I need it as a flavoring in sauces (the familiar holy trinity of diced celery, carrot and onion) but rarely use it otherwise except in tuna or chicken salads. Supermarkets usually wrap it up in whole bunches — I end up with limp stalks way before I can use much.  Even Trader Joe wraps it up in huge (already trimmed) bags.

But whoa! The other day I saw at Whole Foods small bunches of celery – perfect for any family smaller than twelve or thirteen people. Even at their price-per-pound I saved, and saved from wasting food.

P.S. – I now have another celery use: celery, date, walnut, goat cheese salad. Had it at a restaurant in Hanalei and it was crunchy, rich and nutritious. All at once.

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From F150s to $150 bags of veggies

Juan Bautista de Anza

Juan Bautista de Anza


CurbedSF has the scoop that the site of the former S&C Ford dealership at Market and Dolores streets (you know, where that hideous bronze sits) has been leased to Whole Foods. Nothing has been approved yet – so this is a long-term thing – but the plan seems to be for a mixed-use building housing a Whole Foods as well as residential units above. I was hoping for the rumored Trader Joes, but it now seems they have struck out twice here in the Castro.

A Whole Foods plan for the old Cala Foods site in the Haight has been in planning for a long time, and has yet to get approval. Curbed mentions a planned date of sometime in 2011 for the Ford site conversion – depending on ability to get financing.

And the Noe Valley Voice this issue has an article stating that Whole Foods has finalized agreements to take over the Cala Foods on 24th Street, as of February next year. Apparently that site is planned to remain as a grocery only – no mixed use. Whole Foods officials are quoted as saying that no planning approvals have been sought yet, but if things are straightforward, they hope to begin operating there in late 2009. Good luck on that!

Whole Foods – Noe Valley ‘mini’ store

From SuperMarke News June 2nd:

The smallest Whole Foods store in the company’s development pipeline — only 16,790 square feet — will apparently replace one of the two remaining Bell Markets stores in this city. Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, was previously reported to be considering the site, which is located in the Noe Valley district. Whole Foods’ website currently lists a planned store that’s the same size as the existing Bell Market in the neighborhood. Neither Whole Foods nor Ralphs, the Kroger division that operates Bell Markets, would confirm the plans. Whole Foods has said it was planning to open more smaller stores, and it is developing a grab-and-go prepared-foods small-format store in Boulder, Colo.

It’s not clear whether this is actually new news, since the same source of information was cited last September by the Noe Valley Voice, also without confirmation.

Noe Valley Bell Market to become a Whole Foods?

Perhaps so.  The current issue of Noe Valley Voice contains an interview with Jolynn Bibb, the “store development specialist” for Northern California Whole Foods who states that Whole Foods indeed is planning to take over the Bell Market site, sometime after that lease runs out in 2009.   No date, nor definite plan, as yet.  Whole story here.  (Scroll down to ‘Whole in One’).