Whole Foods Market’s recently opened 40,000-square-foot store located at 560 Valley Road in Wayne, N.J., is a destination for fresh, local food. From a staggeringly artistic produce department to a Market Burger bar that offers both grass-fed and plant-based burgers to a well-stocked floral area, the new store is a dynamic addition to the region’s increasingly hot grocery scene.
Wall to Wall Produce
The produce department offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, with selections from local growers, including salad greens from Bowery Farming and AeroFarms, Asian pears from Evergreen Farm, and squash from Lancaster Farm Fresh and Hepworth Farms.
Let Them Eat Crab Cakes
The seafood counter features a variety of made-in-house offerings, including lobster mac and cheese, crab cakes and lobster rolls, as well as selections from local producers, such as seafood cakes from Lagniappe Foods and smoked salmon portions from ACME Smoked Fish.
Prepared for a Feast
A bountiful prepared foods section offers a large selection of grab-and-go products, including sushi, sandwiches, quesadillas and pizza. The department also includes a variety of casseroles perfect for a family dinner or meal prep as part of new Grab and Gourmet offerings.
Locally Foraged Fascinations
Whole Foods' Local Forager program is alive and well in the new Wayne, N.J., store, where thousands of local products from hundreds of local suppliers appear throughout the store. Many of these products are new to Whole Foods Market, such as Naturalvert, Paper Plane Coffee Co. and Sweet Portugal.
All food at Whole Foods Market must meet the company’s quality standards, which prohibit hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, as well as more than 100 colors, flavors and preservatives commonly found in food. Additionally, Whole Foods strives to cater to special diets. The new Wayne, N.J., store features a designated section that provides a one-stop-shop for customers on a variety of diets.