When it comes to the weekly shopping, we tend to stick to what’s local and what’s cheap. While you may think that narrows down your options to the big chain stores, you might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of independent supermarkets and grocery stores that offer just as much selection at low prices. Plus tons of locally-grown produce, homemade goodies and a less hectic atmosphere. Check out some of the best supermarkets in Massachusetts that you didn’t even know existed.
1. Atkins Farms Country Market, Amherst
Step inside this locally owned and operated supermarket and you’ll be surprised at just how vast the selection is. From farm-fresh produce and homemade baked treats to weekly specials like 99-cent avocados (for real) and even party platters, you can find everything you need at this country market. They have two locations in Amherst and North Amherst. (1150 West Street, Amherst)
2. Hager’s Farm Market, Shelburne Falls
This local farm market carries a surprisingly large selection of fresh, frozen and homemade goods. You can pick up your weekly load of basic groceries or stop in for a sandwich from the deli. With wine, maple cream and from-scratch pies, what more could you need? (1232 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls)
3. The Old Creamery Cooperative, Cummington
The Old Creamery is a community hub where you can get in touch with the neighborhood while getting your shopping done. Offering fresh produce from local farms, a deli and bakery, delicious prepared foods, a small cafe and even a community lending library, this little shop has a lot of heart. (445 Berkshire Trail, Cummington)
4. Williamsburg Market, Williamsburg
Don’t be fooled by this place’s small size – you could easily do your weekly shopping here. This neighborhood shop is a throwback to when local grocery stores stocked a little bit of everything. The real hardwood floors and cool old signs will draw you in, but the amazing grilled meats, local veggies and homemade cupcakes will keep you coming back. (3 Main Street, Williamsburg)
5. River Valley Co-op, Northampton
This 15,000-square-foot market has fresh produce, meat and seafood departments, beer and wine, bulk foods, cheese, dairy, a deli and grocery items. You can enjoy a cold cut sandwich in the seating area or just breeze in and out knowing you’ll be able to find everything you need. (330 North King Street, Northampton)
6. Foster's Supermarket, Greenfield
Foster’s is a Greenfield landmark. The current shop opened in 1974, but Foster’s has been around since 1941. It’s a family-owned and operated business that offers a deli, bakery, beer and wine departments and plenty of fresh groceries and prepared foods.
(70 Allen Street, Greenfield)
7. Cushman Market and Cafe, Amherst
Cushman Market and Cafe is a local market with a great coffee shop. They’re known for their egg sandwich rolls and great selection of "general store" type goods. There’s takeaway and outdoor seating available, as well as all the usual local market offerings. (491 Pine Street, Amherst)
8. D'Errico's Market, Worcester
This great local market offers an impressive selection of meats and homemade marinades. Their kebabs are legendary, and there’s a huge variety of authentic Italian products. This is a friendly establishment that has changed little over the decades and is a Worcester gem. (141 East Central Street, Worcester)
9. Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Guido’s is a local, independent and family-owned grocery store that’s been serving the Berkshires since 1979. They stock high-quality produce, natural foods and deliciously healthy prepared foods. Stop in for fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, wine and a full floral department and cheesemonger. (1020 South Street, Pittsfield and 760 South Main Street, Great Barrington)
10. Ed Hyder's Mediterranean Marketplace,
Ed Hyder’s has been supplying Worcester with amazing imported foods and wines for over 40 years. This shop has a thoughtful selection of everything you could need to prepare a Mediterranean feast or simply stock up on groceries for the week. (408 Pleasant Street, Worcester)
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