Center 1 Market

With the farmers’ markets winding down for the season, it’s getting a bit harder to find local organic produce, but a recent addition to Brookside should be able to fill the gap nicely this winter.

Center 1 Market, which opened this summer at 3524 S. Peoria Ave., offers a wonderful assortment of locally produced, organic fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, meats and seafoods.

Set up much like a farmers’ market — but with the advantage of climate control and longer hours — Center 1 features products from Bodean Seafood, Council Creek Cheese, Farrell Family Organic Bread, Kokoa Chocolatier, Lava Noshery, and Nuyaka Natural Farm. The nearby Fuji In the Raw sushi bar recently started offering to-go boxes of California rolls and other goodies at the market as well.

On a recent visit, I picked up salad ingredients, a baguette, and a few other odds and ends for dinner. Everything I bought was very fresh and of excellent quality, the service was friendly and helpful, and the prices were generally very reasonable — in most cases, lower than I’m used to paying for organic produce at the grocery store.

Hours aren’t quite as convenient as the grocery store, but they’re far better than most farmers’ markets: Center 1 is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is available in a lot just down the block, and the store is small enough to allow for easy in-and-out shopping on the way home from work.

Center 1 is named for the shopping center in which it is located — which, coincidentally, is holding a special celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 8, with live music, special events, and a silent auction to benefit the children’s hospital at St. Francis. The market will hold food demonstrations as part of the festivities.

For more information, call 743-4214.

Products: A+
Service: A+
Value: A
Convenience: A
Overall: A+

~ by redforkhippie on November 5, 2007.

3 Responses to “Center 1 Market”

  1. thanks for the review, but it’s In The Raw doing sushi not Fuji

  2. Good catch. Thanks.

  3. Thanks again, some new changes are hours are mon thru sat 10am to 6pm. no more sundays, also we’re looking to open earlier on sat during the warmer months starting about april. and there is ample parking on the west side of the building. again thanks for reviewing all the mom and pop businesses in town. I always try to throw them my business. I’m with Farrell Family Organic Bread by the way. we’d love to show you around and welcome any critique of the place. We always to try and serve our customers.

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