Gluten-Free Discoveries Around Town
When I heard Anne Palmer, program director for Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future, speak at the Georgia Organics Conference a few weeks ago, she showed photos of all of the random places that sell food. Think about it for a second…why does Petco sell soda? Why does Office Depot offer an array of M&Ms and Starburst? No one ventures out to Staples looking for a Diet Coke. These items placed carefully at the front of the store are what we refer to in the Metcalf house as ‘impulse buys.’
I must say though, I enjoyed seeing Palmer’s photos of brightly packaged food in the oddest places. I loved picturing her carrying her camera everywhere, waiting to photograph a random shelf of ‘food.’ I couldn’t help but think about my endless searches through stores for any gluten-free products. In my own travls, or just around town, I scour any food store, airport, bakery, or restaurant for a possible GF treat. Anyone who has traveled with me knows that I’m more interested in shopping at natural markets than clothing boutiques.
When my friend, Anne, sent me the photo above, I was also reminded of Palmer’s photo slide show. Of course I’m much happier about the shelf of food displayed in the picture because it’s all gluten-free. No, Anne didn’t find this plethora of GF items at Pet Smart or 7-Eleven, but she did find it at…Target! The Atlantic Station Target now sells quite the selection of gluten-free products, including my favorite pretzels by Glutino, Bob’s Red Mill GF oats, and the Betty Crocker baking mixes. I can’t wait to go stock up.
Does your Target sell gluten-free items yet? Feel free to send me any of your discoveries of unlikely spots where you find GF items. We all need a little guidance as we navigate the gluten-free world!
Target at Atlantic Station – 1375 18th Street – Atlanta, Georgia 30363