Whole Foods hosts preview

MILFORD - Area residents can hardly wait to have their own organic supermarket in their backyards. And very soon their wait will be over because this Monday, Nov. 8 everyone is invited to a sneak peek at Whole Foods Market located in the Milford Marketplace, 1686 Boston Post Road.

"We’re excited to be coming to Milford," marketing spokesman Michael Sinatra said.

The 31,000 square-foot food market will employ 150 to 200 employees with 90 percent of the positions full-time Sinatra said adding that a full time employee works 30 hours a week with a full benefit package.

Whole Foods Market is known for its exceptional high quality products with most of its merchandise being organic. And many of those products will be locally grown.

"One of our goals is to have the fewest amount of miles between growers and stores - especially our fruits and vegetables," Sinatra said.

By buying locally it minimizes the costs giving farmers maximum return on their investment.

According to Whole Foods Market Web site "We are permanently committed to buying from local producers … particularly those who farm organically and are themselves dedicated to environmentally friendly, sustainable agriculture. We are greatly increasing our efforts in this regard by further empowering our individual store and regional buyers to seek out locally grown produce."

Local vendors are encouraged to go to Whole Foods Web site (www.WholeFoodsMarket.com) to learn more.

Along with the freshest produce around Whole Foods Market also carries natural and organic meats and seafood.

All the meat is free of hormones and antibiotics and the fresh fish meets the Marine Stewardship Council criteria. The MSC is committed to a healthy marine ecosystems. According to their Web site "Customers purchasing this seafood can rest assured that their fish was not overfished or harvested in ways that harm the ocean." And the fish is delivered fresh every day.

Whole Foods Market also has an extensive bakery where fresh baked breads, muffins and seasonal products can be found.

The market is also well-known for its extensive selection of prepared foods which can be taken home or eaten in the 75-seat café.

You can also find numerous hard to find cheeses - natural and imported and specialty crafted beers.

Whole Foods Market has certain standards it operates by. They include selling the highest quality natural and organic products, satisfying customers, supporting team members and caring about the community.

On Monday, Nov. 8, Whole Foods Market will host a preview opening 5 to 8 p.m. Where the local community is invited to sample many of its vendors and "get a feel for the store." Whole Foods Market is asking for a $10 contribution to The Connecticut Food Bank for this event.

No purchases can be made during this "Sneak Peak" until the official store opening on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. when there will be a ribbon cutting and bread breaking Sinatra said.