As you probably know, quite a few restaurants in the Farmers Market's large interior space are back in business, but this store had lagged a bit behind. In fact, it's still in the process of being stocked, so don't expect everything you want to be on hand. But the door and the cash register are open if you want to dash in and complete your lunch at the market with your favorite rosewater-flavored Indian ice cream, Indonesian ginger candies or amaretto cookies from Italy.
There are three different coolers on three different walls of the new space, promising many new refrigerated wonders, and the produce area is bigger, too, though when I visited the store late yesterday afternoon there wasn't much left except hands of fresh ginger in various sizes. But it's the groceries on the shelves that are the most fun to pore over.
Over in the nut aisle, I was reminded of how many different varieties there are in global cooking, what with the walnuts, hazelnuts, unsalted cashew pieces, etc., not to mention sunflower seeds in multiple versions. (Of course the one thing we happened to be looking for, the noble pine nut, wasn't there yet.) Staff members were busy tackling tall pallets of shrink-wrapped groceries and getting the wares on the shelf.
Honestly, I could spend hours in such a market, reading the labels and thinking about whether I'd be sipping Milo, Ovaltine or Horlick's if I needed a vitamin-fortified milk beverage to wake me up or send me off to sleep in another land.
I ended up taking home the Horlick's. Maybe the extra niacin and thiamine will give me the energy to walk to the market next time instead of driving.