Sprouts Farmers Market, an American supermarket chain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, recently announced that it will be expanding with 30 stores early next year. In a press release, the company revealed the location of eight locations that are set to open later this year, including one shop in Ellicott, Maryland, signifying the chain’s first Mid-Atlantic store. Thus far, the company has not announced the locations of the 30 stores that they plan to open next year, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that it includes more states.
If Sprouts is new to you, the company is committed to providing high-quality, organic, minimally processed products and bulk foods to its customers. They also sell many products under their own in-house brand, which also adheres to their high food standards, which are available for a lower price than many name brands, making it a great place to shop for those who want to buy organic on a budget.
The company is also dedicated to meeting the zero waste standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the year 2020. At this moment, the Sprouts Food Rescue program donates unsold, but still edible groceries (such as “ugly” produce) to food banks, which helps to mitigate food waste. According to the press release, Sprouts donated more than 19 million pounds of product, the equivalent of 15 million meals, in 2016. Food that is no longer considered edible is also repurposed, rather than sent to landfills.
Despite the commonly-held belief that eating a healthy vegan diet is expensive, it is actually entirely possible and easy to thrive while eating mostly whole, plant-based foods. Bulk buy sections are often more affordable then relying on canned beans and lentils in the long run, for example. While one can of beans can get you through one or two meals for about $1 (or more, if you’re choosing organic), one pound of dry beans will often cost you no more than $3 and can last for over two weeks. We hope to see more shops like Sprouts opening across the United States, specifically in areas that have never had access to fresh, organic produce and bulk buy sections at an affordable price.
For tips on how to shop for whole foods on a budget, read How I Maintain a Very Humble (Low) Budget Eating Vegan, Without Any Sacrifice, Money Saving Tips for Eating Vegan on a Budget, and Healthy, Filling Foods Everyone Can Afford.
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