Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I had my first experience shopping for allergy approved foods for Kent. After almost passing out at Brookhaven's Marketplace in Mokena and paying $3.49 for six gluten free waffles, I was worried that we'd have to sell our home in order to fund Kent's new eating habits.
I then went to Trader Joe's. I have been there a few times before, but honestly the location of the store is on one of the busiest streets in the town over, and I try to avoid the traffic whenever possible. But, out of necessity I took a trip over there.
I asked a worker a question about where I could find gluten free foods, and she literally dropped the box she was stocking and ran to get a list. She personally took me and the boys up and down every isle pointing out appropriate foods. I bought organic rice pasta, gluten free cereal, granola bars, waffles ($1.99 for 8-take that Brookhaven!), rice chips, rice cakes, gluten free macaroni and cheese, and gluten free rice bread. I even bought gluten free brownie mix.
I told her that I was looking for things to have Kent snack on and she pointed out these dried salted green beans. I politely declined and insisted that Kent would not eat them. She told me that she'd open the bag and if he didn't like them I wouldn't have to pay for them. She handed Kent one green bean, he ate it, and then snatched the bag out of her hands. Kent is now addicted to "bean chips" as he calls them. It was a bit humbling for Kent to show me up like that, but I'm happy he likes dried veggies.
I left there stocked up on food safe for Kent to eat during this 10 day trial, and didn't feel like I spent the same as a car payment to do it! When I got home I called the store and spoke to the manager. I wanted him to know that this particular sales associate went above and beyond her call of duty.
Trader Joe's...you've earned yourself a faithful shopper.