Whole Foods Coddingtown PIX

Whole foods opens this week

Just a couple days out from its grand opening, the Coddingtown Whole Foods market is nearly set up and ready to roll. Here are some of the highlights:
– The Tap Room: An in-house beer lounge open during store hours, the Tap House features 16 local craft brews on tap.
– Kombucha Bar: This fermented health tonic flows on tap near the frozen yogurt bar.
– Fresh Pretzels: The bakery has high-tech in-store ovens and we hear the fresh soft pretzels are the bomb.
– Dry Aged beef and sustainable meats: The store will feature many local meat purveyors, including a super-local beef program that sources from North Bay ranchers. Their 5-step animal welfare program rates how chicken, beef, pork and other meats are raised.
– Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch seafoods: Sustainably raised seafood is a high priority.
– Local Produce: The store will highlight locally-grown produce
– Gluten/Vegan: Specialty foods for gluten-free and animal-free lifestyles will also be highlighted
– Education Center
– Expanded bulk and bulk spices
The store opens Wednesday, Sept. 22 and hosts a barbecue on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is an outdoor barbeque featuring fun for the entire family including a delicious selection of meat and seafood on the grill, live music and an opportunity to meet local ranchers and attend workshops to learn everything from buying, cutting and marinating meat.

Local vendors include more than 125 Sonoma county producers and farmers: Crumb Hither baked goods; Rawk Me Organics raw, vegan, organic ice cream; Mateo Granados’ line of Mayan habanero sauces; Primavera tortilla chips, salsa, hand-made tortillas and tamales; Alexander Valley Gourmet™ pickles; Café Gratitude raw foods to go; Harvest Time spring rolls; The Hummus Guy hummus, dips and spreads; Gipson’s Golden honey; Artisan Bakers baked goods; Full Circle Baking Company baked goods; Salmon Creek Ranch pasture-raised organic duck eggs; Vibranz Kombucha; St. Benoît Yogurt and yogurt cheese; McClelland’s Dairy organic European-style butter; Dry Creek Peach & Produce and Quetzal Farms produce; Devoto Gardens flowers; Two Rock Valley cheese; Coast Roast Coffee, Taylor Maid and Ecco Caffé organic coffee and Bohemian Creamery Italian-style cheeses.