• YMCA Dec 2023
  • SCCT Dec '23
  • GFS Level Up ad
  • Int'l Ballet Nutcracker 2023
  • Five Oaks Dec '23
  • Prisma Nov 2023
  • CCES November 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Grocery Shopping’

This Indoor Winter Farmers Market Is No Longer a Secret: Greenville, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Miss the local farmer’s markets in the winter? We’ve got the scoop on Greenville’s best indoor farmers market and it’s really a lot more than a farmers market. The Toasty Farmer is no longer an Upstate secret; however, parents in the know have discovered that the family-friendly winter farmers market can be the perfect outing on a dreary winter’s day.


Easy Peasy Services for Grocery Delivery: Greenville, SC

Posted on | 2 Comments

Can’t make it out of the house and in need of a service for grocery delivery? Greenville, SC has several options that offer delivery or curbside pickup, making it easier to get your groceries quickly. Many of these grocery retailers offer home delivery or curbside delivery in Greenville and Spartanburg.

That helps to get a home-cooked meal on the table when you don’t have the time. All you need is internet access and you’ll have what you need in no time! So, if you need a service for grocery delivery, Greenville, SC retailers have you covered!

Since each retailer and service operates a little differently, we’re going to explain how each works so you can make a decision that is best for your family’s needs. We’ve updated the info to include curbside delivery options.


Budget Shopping: Greenville, SC Shops and Deals to Save You Money

Posted on |

If you are budget shopping, Greenville, SC has plenty of places with discounts, deals, and savings programs to help you keep more money in your pocket. Use these lists of consignment shops to help with clothes shopping, tips for saving money on food, and lots more.

This article includes:
Budget Shopping for Clothes
How to Save Money on Groceries
How to Save Money: School and Education items

Where and how to shop to save in Greenville, SC

Where To Find Fresh Produce Near Greenville, SC

Posted on | 8 Comments

Are you looking for local produce in Greenville, SC? Fortunately, Upstate residents have several options. Whether you are searching for Greenville farmer’s markets, roadside stands, or CSA farms, we’ve got you covered.

It’s that time of year again when our mouths start to water for watermelon and fresh berries and when our dinner table can easily be filled with fresh, local vegetables.  We are very fortunate to live in the Upstate where there are so many options for fresh, local produce near Greenville, SC.  The definition of local isn’t a concrete one.  But most experts say that to be considered local, the item has to be harvested or made within 100 miles. The benefits of eating local produce are many including better flavor, nutrients, and supporting the local farmers

Produce in Greenville, SC

The Ultimate Guide to CSA Farms Near Greenville, SC

Posted on | 4 Comments

Looking for ‘CSA near me’? Or maybe you’re curious about CSAs in Greenville, SC? In this article, you will learn how CSA farms work and the benefits of CSA programs for the farms and customers. And of course, where you can find a CSA in Greenville, SC.

Find a CSA near Greenville, SC

Saturday Mornings at the Hub City Farmers’ Market

Posted on | No Comments

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE  – The Hub City Farmers Market will continue to operate Saturday Mornings from 9 am – 12 pm.
Changes you can expect at the farmers market, per their website –

  • Farmers Market
    The Saturday Farmers Market is continuing to operate every Saturday beginning April 4th at Northside Harvest Park from 9 AM-12 PM. We are taking extra precautions to make the market as healthy as possible for our customers, vendors, and staff.

  • Mobile Market
    The Mobile Market is operating six multi-hour long stops in Spartanburg neighborhoods beginning April 6th. The weekly schedule can be found online.

  • Urban Farm
    Because students are not able to visit the farm for their Seed to Table activities, we are filming nutrition education videos every Tuesday and Thursday and will post them on our Facebook page and website.

  • Healthy Hero Vouchers
    We are distributing $10 Healthy Hero Vouchers at our Farmers Market and Mobile Market for individuals and families that are struggling because of COVID-19.
    Students who watch the Seed to Table videos on our Facebook page are also eligible for a Healthy Hero Voucher. Please visit our booth at the Farmers Market or at a Mobile Market stop to receive the voucher.


Asia Pacific Supermarket: This is Where You Find Authentic Chinese Cooking in Greenville

Finally, a Chinese restaurant and Bubble Tea bar in Greenville that goes beyond the usual General Tso’s Chicken and Beef and Broccoli. Although we love our Chinese American fare, we have sorely missed the freshness of authentic Chinese cooking.

About Asia Pacific Supermarket

I first visited Asia Pacific Supermarket with a good friend from Hong Kong, now also based in Greenville. She knows about my hankering about finding an authentic Chinese restaurant in the Upstate. I have been back many times since, to shop and to eat, and have never been disappointed. Most visitors come to visit the aisles of the 14,000-square-foot supermarket, but the real gem is the non-descript restaurant quietly located right behind the cashier.

The restaurant is bright, spacious, and very clean. The staff is efficient and friendly. You may find your supermarket cashier sometimes taking your order after she rings you up at the aisles. You will also probably meet gracious Alva Mak, the proprietor, who hails from Hongkong, hence the predominant Cantonese flavors in their dishes. Alva mentions that they’ve only been open for six months and the response has been good. Located a few blocks from Greenville Technology College, she says they are frequented by students and Asian regulars.

Cantonese cooking consists of wok-fried and steamed dishes. But what I miss the most are the roasted meats. And yes, they have roasted duck and Char Siu or roast pork. We’ve tried the duck and it’s to die for!

Other dishes we’ve tried are their pickled mustard with pork and bean sprouts and eggplant with pork. Unlike Western cooking, the vegetables take center stage alongside the meats and chopped up in small bites.

The eggplant dish was delicious and actually overshadowed the pork (in a good way of course).

On their menu is a long list of seafood items, beckoning for me to come back. Pan-fried fish with tofu, spicy salt and pepper grouper, seafood with rice noodles, spicy salt, and pepper shrimp, and so on. I’ve tried the fillet Tilapia fish with black beans. The saltiness was jarring at first till I remembered that it must and should be eaten with white rice. Dishes are priced between $10 to $12.

Chatting with Alva, she points out that their menu is a work in progress and consists of daily specials. If you don’t find one to your liking, there’s also the option of having fresh seafood from their fish tanks and have them prepare it as you wish. Now that’s really bringing me back to Asia!

Plan your own visit

Asia Pacific Supermarket:
Asian Grocery, Chinese Kitchen, Fish Market, and Bubble Tea Bar
420 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC, 29607
11 am to 8 pm

Have you checked out Asia Pacific Supermarket yet?

The Ultimate Guide to How to Get Your Groceries Easier

Posted on | 2 Comments

Raise your hands if you think your friendly neighborhood delivery service was heaven sent. This is how I first felt when my first groceries were dropped off at my house. Hubby was out of town and we just had come back from a big trip. Chores had piled up and kids were off from school because of storm warnings. How to do everything when your hands are already full? Thankfully, Publix online shopping and same day delivery came to the rescue. It was so easy and free, thanks to a special offer for new customers. It was like having elves show up in your house. Probably the easiest supermarket trip ever.

Where to find the magical grocery delivery service

With the coming of two big app-based delivery companies, Instacart and Shipt, more supermarkets are able to offer the same-day delivery service, some within as little as one hour! I’ve noticed that Publix works with both companies which probably explains why they have great delivery coverage.

Before you proceed, bear in mind that there are pros and cons to online ordering. For instance, online prices are sometimes higher than found in the store. Costco, in fact, readily states that prices are higher online, right on their website. Online shopping also takes away the option to pick your own produce and the social interaction that comes with shopping in stores. That being said, online shopping also helps you manage your grocery shopping better and lowers the chances of impulse buying. Whether it’s curbside pick-up or same-day delivery you choose, on-line grocery services like Instacart and Shipt, are definitely a big win for parents when it comes to convenience and time saved. Please note that alcohol is not available for online deliveries.

In doing this research, Lowe’s Foods is listed separately as they don’t indicate who their third-party partner is.  Also, not all supermarkets deliver to all areas but we listed the zip codes that they currently deliver to. This information can also be found on the grocery store’s websites.

Curbside Pick Up

Before the same-day delivery service, we were already thrilled with the idea of curbside pick-up. For those not familiar, it’s grocery shopping online with the option to pick-up your groceries at a designated time of your choosing. How does it work? You create a shopping list through your grocery app or website. Upon checkout, you select a time to pick them up. Your receipt should give you a designated number which the store will use to identify your items. Typically, the store you choose will have a reserved parking area for pick-ups. Usually the order is free but depending on your store, there might be a minimum order of $30. Please see your preferred supermarket for more detailed guidelines, such as a time cut-off for same-day orders, pricing and procedures. Fortunately, there are quite a few stores offering curbside pick up.

Lowes Foods of Greer
850 East Suber Road Suite 200
Greer, SC 29650

Lowes Foods of Simpsonville
2815 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681

GREENVILLE – Walmart Supercenter, 1451 Woodruff Road
ANDERSON – Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2003 E Greenville Street
SIMPSONVILLE – Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1401 West Georgia Road
TRAVELERS REST – Walmart Supercenter, 9 Benton Road

Multiple Publix locations – please see their website for the complete list.

Same Day Delivery

Lowes Foods of Simpsonville
2815 Woodruff Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Subscriptions: 30-day subscription for $16.95 and a 1 year subscription for $99.00.
Zipcode coverage: 29650, 29680, 29681


An Instacart membership offers a free 14-day trial and after that charges $149 per year. Stores that they work with are listed below. Aldi and Instacart partnership has been advertising in their stores, however, as of the date this article was written, the partnership has not yet been activated.

Tip: Upon checkout, you can waive the 10% service charge. I did this but tipped my Instacart shoppers when they delivered to my house.

Current Store Locations and Zip Code Coverage (from Instacart’s page)

Costco: 29601, 29605, 29607, 29609, 29611, 29615, 29622, 29681

Publix: 29601, 29605, 29607, 29615, 29617, 29640, 29641, 29642, 29650, 29680, 29681, 29687

Whole Foods Market: 29605, 29607, 29609, 29611, 29615, 29622, 29681

Petco: 29601, 29605, 29607, 29609, 29611, 29615, 29617, 29687


A Shipt membership also offers a 2-week free trial, a recurring membership of $99 after trial, plus $15 off on first order, with the option to cancel anytime. Shipt also has a Monthly plan of $14 and free delivery on orders over $35. Read local mom Jackie Vest’s review of Shipt.

Tip: Check out their facebook page for deals and digital coupons.

Current Stores and Zip Code Coverage

LIDL: 29601, 29605, 29607, 29615, 29617, 29650, 29687

Publix: 29601, 29605, 29607, 29615, 29617, 29640, 29642, 29650, 29680, 29681, 29687

Wholefoods: 29601, 29605, 29615, 29642, 29650, 29680, 29681, 29687

Do you use curbside or delivery services? Which one do you like best? Please feel free to share in the comments section.

A Mom’s Review of Lidl with Shipt

Posted on | 1 Comment

Thank you to Shipt & Lidl for sponsoring Kidding Around Greenville.

The other night, my husband was working late as I was folding an Everest-sized mountain of laundry, refereeing a fight between my kids (who were supposed to be eating dinner), and get this: receiving live updates via text about how my grocery shopping was coming along at Lidl. That’s right, an angel named Rachel from Shipt was shopping up and down the aisles of Lidl for me, even having an associate get the uncured bacon I requested from the back of the store since the shelves were out. WINNING.

The Scoop on Lidl with Shipt

If you haven’t tried Shipt, then you are missing out on magic. I mean: somebody pinch me! Half the hassle at Lidl is bagging your thirteen-thousand items while your kids fight over the conveyor belt switch and dump your products on the floor. You work yourself into a spin-class sweat as the childless couple behind you taps their feet in annoyance, holding their five items and Staring. You. Down. The angel-lady from Shipt bagged my groceries and delivered them to my front door, she had even separated the cold stuff into a cute little rolly cooler, as if humans can do these things.

How does it work?

Download the app for Shipt and click to shop at Lidl. Add items to your cart. Pick a time slot for delivery (I completed my order at 4:30 pm and had it delivered at 7 pm). Pay. Get your cape. You are now Superwoman and you are doing many things at once.

The shopper will introduce themselves via text when they start shopping your order, let you know of any substitutions or questions they have as they shop along, and let you know when they are on their way to your house. Tipping is available through the app and is encouraged but not required.

How much does it cost?

Shipt offers two types of membership: $14/month or $99/year. Free shipping on all orders over $35 ($7 delivery fee for orders under $35). Prices through Shipt will run slightly higher than what you will find in-store. They say that customers pay about $5 more using Shipt than they would on a $35 order that they shop for themselves. If you’re like me, you easily make up for this difference in impulse buys, stress, time, and chocolate.

What to expect plus tips

The app does not include all of what is available in-store. Search for things in the search bar rather than by category. I found there to be many items available in the app which are not organized into categories. You can also send in special requests for things which are not listed. I have found Lidl to be dependable for fresh produce and this was the same when Shipt did the shopping for me.

The angel-lady explained that Lidl stocks their shelves first thing in the morning and that they do not re-stock. Therefore, to ensure that the things you choose in the app will be there in-store, choose an earlier time slot. I had mine shopped in the evening and there were several things which Lidl was out of by then. However, I did expect this since I have experienced it at Lidl myself.

Mamas, being able to shop Lidl’s fresh options and low prices while you simultaneously conquer the world is a total game changer. Sanity has been spared and cash has been saved!

Have you tried Lidl with Shipt yet? NO? What are you waiting for?!?

Meet Jackie

Jackie Vest is a writer and at-home-mom of two energetic little boys. She enjoys adventuring around the beautiful Upstate, the hilarity of kiddo-raising, outdoor fitness with friends, and her Favorite 5 C’s: cooking, crafting, camping, coffee, and chocolate. You can connect with her via her blog at: JackieVest.com.