I stopped by on a Sunday afternoon. First of all, I noticed the apples and oranges in the outdoor covered area. There were a variety of apples at good prices and I put some in my shopping basket. They have the cutest little baskets here that are just big enough to load up on produce, but not get in the way of other patrons. The store is small, but has two cash registers in the middle, a side for fresh produce, and the other side of the store was an assortment of other healthy, local, or otherwise interesting food. There is a refrigerated section with dairy products and drinks, a freezer with Willamette Fruit Company pies and fruits, a large selection of Bob's Red Mill grains (including lots of gluten free items), and...this might be my favorite...Dave's Killer Bread!
The indoor produce section had some produce, but looked like it could really use a little more variety. At the end of my shopping trip, I ended up talking to the owner, Michael Morrow, who said that they would be able to keep more produce in the more customers they brought in to buy it. He said produce has a short shelf life and he would add more produce as more customers discovered the store. He also mentioned that he is working on getting connections with local farmer's so he can sell as much local produce throughout the year as possible.
All in all, I was very happy with my experience at Freshmart. The apples and lettuce I bought were very good. The cucumbers I bought were a little bitter, but that's happened to me lots of places. The staff was very helpful and friendly, the store was clean and bright, and the prices were very reasonable. I would definitely recommend checking it out.
1330 McGilchrist St SESalem, OR, 97302
Hours: 7 days a week 9 AM - 6 PM