Food, one of the few universal necessities, has the power to unite and please a lot of people; however, the myriad of directions food can go in – breakfast versus brunch, pre made casserole versus made from scratch, sausage versus bacon – can divide households. Opa Robby’s Market can mitigate all those differences. Painted neon green donning scarecrows and glass bottle sculptures out front makes it hard to miss but many actually do. Well, stop missing Opa Robby’s Market, just stop it. The reason Opa’s can satisfy so many people is it culminates the best of farmers markets, general stores, and lunch stops.
Founded by husband and wife, Opa’s entire foundation built upon the idea of a community market. Even the name Opa Robby’s means Grandfather Robby’s, appropriate since the place feels like the kitchen of your craftiest grandparent. The door is open (figuratively and literally) so shoppers can enjoy the beautiful weather while browsing the kitschy store. One side of the store hosts arrays of vegetables, fruits, and herbs lining baskets and refrigerator shelves.
Although Opa’s does sell Dole strawberries from time to time, the majority of produce comes locally and organic; skinny amethyst eggplants, purple sweet potatoes, many types of apples . . . all wait to be picked for this week’s dinner. There are fabulous present ideas lying in the dozens of jars of salsa, pickled vegetables, sorghum, dressing, dips, and more. None of these come from a Hidden Valley or Unilever owned corporation but Oma Gobby tacking flavors from bacon salsa to blackberry chipotle sauce; German for grandmother, Oma is the product of co-founder Susan Rigby’s love and development.
Each refrigerator houses its own special trove. Pick your poison from 1000 Faces cold-brew coffee, kombucha, cider, or housemade flavored lemonades. You can easily forget preparing dinner for at least a month when you find the casseroles and soups – meaty chilis, mac ‘n’ cheese, sauteed mushrooms, potato leek soup, beans and peas all the ways your grandma made them, and dozens more. In a back corner lies a refrigerator dedicated to meat. No Perdue here but chicken drumsticks, porks, and flavored sausages a-plenty. Between all the beverages, jars, meats, and produce lie exquisite nut oils, pestos, Luna breads, and baked goods. With a kid’s corner rumbling with toys and games, it makes perusing even easier.
Actually, Opa Robby’s Market tries to make the daunting task of grocery hunting as easy, economical, and local as possible – especially Wednesdays and Sundays. On Wonderful Wednesday or Saving Sundays, shoppers can go solo or team up to select a minimum of $40 in produce and receive $15 off their total including one casserole, soup, or pumpkin. If this store seems overwhelming, it is, but in the best possible way. It remains incredibly difficult no matter how seasoned of a veteran you become to keep a visit shorter than fifteen minutes.
A departure from corporate distribution chains, Opa Robby’s Market is more than a means to an end, but stands as a community market that can satisfy all buyers and eaters.
Article compliments of The Broad Collective
Wonderful Wednesday happens every week at Opa’s. You can choose $40 in produce and only pay $25 – savings of $15. You can choose our homemade soups or casseroles along with produce. Please only one soup and or casserole per $40 deal. Bring a friend and share the savings.
Please share this with your Facebook friends. I had a new customer last week that was upset her friend had not shared this deal with her via Facebook! She had missed out on months of savings LOL.
See you soon! Oma and Opa
SAVE $$- On Wednesdays in March you can choose $40 of fresh or frozen produce and pay $25 for it. It is a challenge. It sounds easy, but customers have expressed it is harder than it sounds. The challenge is on…can you do it? Drop by and see.
JUST IN: seedlings- organic and naturally grown- including tomatoes, peppers, squash, and ever bearing strawberries. Just in time for Spring planting.
Oma has Irish Whiskey Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Stew ready to heat and serve for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Stop in soon to get yours. Add Shamrock cookies or brownies for dessert.
Opa has new items that include artichokes, asparagus, organic carrots with green tops, Comice pears, kennebec potatoes, cranberry beans, okra, black berries, raspberries, strawberries, blood oranges, colossal garlic, envy apples, pink lady apples, York apples, organic rutabagas, and Oma has new salsas: mango, corn, peach, black bean, Vidalias onion, jalapeño.
Almost looks like summer at Opa’s.
Plan to open at 10 unless weather changes again.
Hope the weather holds out long enough tomorrow for Wonderful Wednesday. Stop in to buy $40 of produce for only $25. We have new items this week: asparagus, artichokes, organic carrots with green tops, Comice pears, Kennebec potatoes, cranberry beans, okra, black berries, raspberries, and new varieties of apples. We also include any frozen vegetables towards your challenge.
Stay safe and warm.