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Friday, May 20, 2022

The only independent grocery store in Gainesville, Ward's is a mecca for all the local and organic goodies this community has to offer. It's been in business for over 60 years and have become a fixture in the community due to their dedication to quality products and services.

Walking in the door is like entering a foodie's wonderland. The produce section is expansive and well stocked — I counted at least four different types of sweet potatoes! Juxtaposed to this vegetarian paradise is a butcher section with excellent prices and an array of delectable looking meats that would warm any carnivore's heart.

My favorite part of the store, however, is the row of grains and other dried goods. Offering products like quinoa at the astonishing price of $3.99 a pound, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the many healthy, inexpensive choices. I suggest trying a tiny bit of anything that looks good. Who knows, you may discover a delicious and healthy new addiction.

The store is stocked with a variety of brand name goods in addition to their own brand. I have found that the Ward's brand is usually cheaper and fresher than the competitors. One of their more popular products, the honey roasted peanut butter, has quickly become a must on my grocery list. My roommates and I love Ward's for its low prices and wide selection of local produce and meats; we try to shop there as often as possible.

Ward's is a great way to stay sustainable because it goes to great lengths to stock their store with the most local products possible. Supporting a local business like Ward's keeps the money within the community, thus nurturing a community of small businesses dedicated to high-quality goods and services.

Become a part of your local community and help your planet at the same time with Ward's Supermarket. You can visit them at its location at 515 NW 23rd Ave. Gainesville, FL or check out their website.

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