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Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:00:01 AM »
Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective



Metro Jacksonville's Brandi Gregory takes a trip to Freshfield Farms and provides a tour of the new store through the eyes of a raw vegan.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 07:37:11 AM »
Wasn't all that impressed. It was OK, but I'd have to really, really want to trek over from riverside to get there. I can see myself going there maybe once every month or two.

The positives:

1) Obviously fresh, moreso than Publix (At least on a visual and touch inspection).

2) Good prices

3) Good selection of meats

The bad:

1) Just felt that it was a terrible use of usable square feet. You wouldn't know it until you walked inside, but the place is small. Probably half the size of the riverside publix. I think they could have done a much better job from a construction/use standpoint.

2) With the exception of 1 or 2 items, the fruits/veg weren't anything "different" than what you'd find at a normal grocery store.

3) The deli meats were pre sliced and looked terrible


So I guess I can sum it up in "it's OK, good prices, average selection...would probably only go back if they had something I needed or if I was in the neighborhood"

Will go back again this week to reassess.
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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 07:44:55 AM »
Why would you expect a store that basically only has produce and meat to be anywhere near the size of even a smaller Publix??

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 08:22:58 AM »
Why would you expect a store that basically only has produce and meat to be anywhere near the size of even a smaller Publix??

Because I was in this building before it was completely torn/down and renovated, and I was in this building before they started laying the groundwork for Freshfield. It's huge. You'd think they'd sell, I dunno, products you can't get at every other store in town.

Was hoping something more along the likes of Dekelab's farmers market...a better use of space by way of more product variation.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 09:00:03 AM »
Someone was just raving about this place yesterday. I will definitely have to check it out. I appreciate the raw vegan perspective as well, even though I love grass roots, its nice to round out the shopping with a few other choices.

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2014, 09:00:32 AM »
Cool article, Brandi. I have been meaning to check this place out. Will have to stop in this evening.

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 09:09:10 AM »
As an evil, dirty carnist, the place is great for meat prices. I scored about 2 months worth of chicken, beef, pork, etc. for around 100 bucks. And the quality has been good with everything I've eaten so far. But yeah, the selection isn't anything special. The only reason I would go is because it's on my way home from work. Otherwise I'll just keep going to riverside publix which is 7 blocks from home.
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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 09:23:14 AM »
I think I'm going to check this place out this weekend. Brandi has sold me on the strawberry lemonade.
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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2014, 09:50:35 AM »
Great selection and displays.

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2014, 09:50:51 AM »
Looks great.

I'm not a vegan, though, there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables there that I really enjoy.

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2014, 10:02:48 AM »
There's a building behind there, I assume it's their warehouse, but it does look a lot bigger from the outside than the inside.

Good prices, but you just can't beat http://www.carrollsmeatshoppe.com/ for the best prices on meats. Especially if you shop their monthly calendar.
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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2014, 12:11:32 PM »
Is the chicken/beef antibiotic free? And if so, how does the price compare to the Public Greenwise chicken/beef?

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2014, 02:18:57 PM »
Just came back from Freshfields Farm (pretty weird name, as it seems like 'Freshfield Farms' roll off the tongue better). They have a nice selection of fruit, although for whatever reason, I couldn't find any oranges. FF reminds me of a fruit and veggie version of the Star Meat House (Edgewood, former Mom's Kitchen); Both have fruits, veggies, and meats. Star Meat House has soul food meat (pig tails etc) where as Freshfields have organic fruit. Ironically both Freshfields Farm, and the Star Meat House are in Jax and Orlando.

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2014, 02:33:51 PM »
I might totally be making this up, but for some reason I remember reading somewhere that the layout was a necessity based on the way they load their products, package the products on site, and maybe something about a future expansion as well?

Not sure where I read this...either an article about the store or on its website.

I for one am a fan although I don't go very often.

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Re: Freshfields Farm: A Raw Vegan’s Perspective
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2014, 03:55:30 PM »
Just came back from Freshfields Farm (pretty weird name, as it seems like 'Freshfield Farms' roll off the tongue better). They have a nice selection of fruit, although for whatever reason, I couldn't find any oranges. FF reminds me of a fruit and veggie version of the Star Meat House (Edgewood, former Mom's Kitchen); Both have fruits, veggies, and meats. Star Meat House has soul food meat (pig tails etc) where as Freshfields have organic fruit. Ironically both Freshfields Farm, and the Star Meat House are in Jax and Orlando.

They had a huge sale on big naval oranges this past week...we loaded up on them so that may be why they didn't have any oranges this week