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Shopping: In the mix at the Social Safeway

While my colleague Lisa Rein and hundreds of other folks were in festive mode at the Social Safeway's gala Wednesday night, I inspected promising developments in the produce department.

More choices in the produce dept. (Ronald Baker/Solid Image Photography)

I don't remember seeing any of the following ethnic/unusual items at the old Social Safeway -- or at any other one in Northwest D.C., for that matter. Safeway suits stationed near the fruit displays told me they have expanded the offerings to give shoppers greater one-stop opportunities. They further suggested that if you go and don't find what you're looking for, you should send a quick e-mail to Comments & Questions at Every one of those e-mails is getting close attention, the suits said.

Here are the results of a quick scan, partially fueled by a glass or two of celebratory Dom Perignon:

  • Fresh garbanzo beans (in shell)
  • Fresh tamarind
  • Limequats
  • Cherimoya
  • Thai eggplant
  • Green almonds
  • Purple baby artichokes
  • Yu choy sum
  • Yellow sapote
  • Nopales
  • Sugar cane
  • Chive flowers (labeled as "chai flowers")
  • Black truffles (packed in rice, under lock and key)

Close to the produce, folks were buzzing around the "nut hut," where more than a dozen varieties were bathed in warmth and awaiting the possible outcome of being turned into butter via Vita-Mix blenders. Samples of cashew butter proved most popular, delivered on thin slices of Granny Smith apple. Metal casks of warm honey are situated nearby, available for do-it-yourself filling of empty honey-bear containers on the shelves below.

Did one of you ask for warm honey?

-- Bonnie S. Benwick

P.S. The Glover Park-Burleith farmers market opens for its second season at 9 a.m. Saturday, with an expanded roster of 18 vendors. It's run by the nonprofit DC Greens Inc., and is located directly across the street from the renovated Safeway, in the Hardy Middle School parking lot, and figures to capitalize on the uptick in upper Georgetown traffic.

By The Food Section  |  May 6, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week , Shopping , To Market, To Market  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, Shopping, To Market  
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