One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
When it comes to thinking, loving, and sleeping well, folks on the Main Line have it made. That’s because the Main Line is blessed with some of the greatest retail food shopping you can find anywhere! As a Main Line Realtor®, I know that while most of my buyers are concerned about local schools and taxes, they all want to know where to find great produce, meat, cheeses, local specialties, and gourmet treats.
From City Line Avenue all the way out to the western suburbs, the Main Line has it all. Whole Foods Market has become America’s largest chain of healthy, ‘good for you’ groceries. Serving the eastern Main Line is the Whole Foods at 339 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA. And in the west, it’s the Wayne store at 821 Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA
Competing with, and complimenting Whole Foods is Trader Joe’s, with its wide assortment of proprietary frozen and packaged foods, along with great deals on produce, cheese, and flowers. Hungry shoppers on the eastern Main Line flock to the Trader Joe’s in Suburban Square at 112 Coulter Avenue in Ardmore. And further west, Trader Joe’s is in the shopping center at 171 E Swedesford Rd in Wayne.
In this area, Acme Markets is the leading traditional super market chain. Of special note, is the new “flagship” Acme opening in May at 601 Lancaster Avenue n Bryn Mawr, PA. Acme tells us that, “The new store has been designed to provide customers with a comfortable shopping experience and quality products that are healthy and easily prepared with a central focus on delivering premium customer service.”
A number of smaller specialty food shops offer a level of personalized service that the big chains, no matter how hard they try, just can’t match. Out in Newtown Square, at Rt.252 & Mary Jane Lane, is Gentile’s Produce. Founded over 50 years ago, this is a great place for fruits and vegetables—with an emphasis on local growers.
Produce Junction offers some of the best prices I have seen on fruits and vegetables, garden flowers, and even Christmas trees! Their stores are just a bit out of the way at 2241 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Philadelphia, but not far from Bala Cynwyd across City Line Avenue, and also in Broomall at 900 Sussex Boulevard.
The Main Line even boasts a number of terrific farmer’s markets. Probably the biggest and oldest is the Lancaster County Farmers Market at 389 Lancaster Avenue, Wayne. This is a large operation, housed in a former Acme supermarket, featuring local poultry, meats, fruits and vegetables, coffee, middle eastern specialties, pretzels, flowers, and even jewelry. Its deep Amish roots are evident even today.
The Ardmore Farmer’s Market is in Suburban Square on Coulter Avenue in Ardmore. This one has a decidedly upmarket flavor. While you won’t find any farmers in South Philadelphia, Di Bruno Brothers Italian deli is a major presence, with outstanding meats and cheeses. You’ll find produce, fish, poultry and meat at other stalls, along with a good representation from Lancaster County’s Stolzfus family.
While the farmers markets in Wayne and Ardmore are permanent, year round affairs, several smaller outdoor farmers markets have sprouted in recent years.
The Bryn Mawr Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday starting May 7, 2012. During the cold weather months, the market is open every on the first and third Saturdays of each month. You’ll find the market in in Bryn Mawr’s Municipal Lot 7 on Lancaster Avenue at Morris Ave across from the big Bryn Mawr Trust bank building.
Finally, there is the Bala Cynwyd Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of the GSB Building, Belmont Avenue & St. Asaphs Road. This is open on Thursdays during warm weather months. Note that the 2012 opening date has not yet been announced.
The Main Line may be great for romance, and it is DEFINITELY great for fabulous food. In the future I’ll be covering Main Line bakeries, and coffee shops, and frozen yogurt stands. If you have a favorite, write to me here at StrictlyMainLine.com.