If you have friends from Rochester, you likely had heard of Wegmans long before they made their Massachusetts debut. They are obsessed! I got so many messages from you guys proclaiming your loyalty and love for this beloved upstate New York gem.
Literally attached to the Natick Mall where JC Penny used to be, it took about 25 minutes to get to from the city. Parking could not have been easier and there was even a heated covered walkway that bridges the store to the garage so you don’t have to deal with inclement weather.
If you are shopping with kids, Wegmans has carts for car seats as well as “cars” for two kids to steer. Little things like this make life SO MUCH EASIER for parents. They also now have grocery delivery by Instacart for those who prefer to avoid the mall during the holidays!
So why do people love Wegmans so much? It’s just a grocery store, right?
First, the prices are really good. Second, they have an amazing variety of fresh and prepared foods with over 140 current organic produce options.
The prepared foods might be my favorite. As a busy mom, I don’t have a lot of time to cook and they always have delicious looking meals ready to eat or put in the oven. The ready-to-cook chicken cacciatore in oven-safe packaging is a favorite in our house. I also love the kale and quinoa cakes and the organic beef teriyaki is a summer favorite. Many of you told me to grab some sushi as well!
But it’s not all about being healthy, the cookie bar might be a close second! I haven’t had them but apparently the donuts are a must try, as are the chocolate chip cookies. I prefer the brownies with caramel in the middle. The calories listed on the label may scare some people off but not Tommy.
They also have a large offering for entertaining as well like ready-to-go platters. You can get a beautiful cheese board right next to a case of wine. This option is so good if you are at the mall holiday shopping and need to pick something up for a holiday party later in the day or week. It’s kind of like a one-stop holiday solution.
Small tip, they have my Sauvignon Blanc by Oyster Bay for $9.09, the cheapest I’ve ever seen it. It’s my favorite white wine.
The catering menu for the holidays looks fantastic! It’s so much easier to enjoy your own party when you’re not worried about cooking, right? How amazing does this grazing party menu sound? They have a full catering department in fact so you know they will be able to help you out with whatever you might need.
The Natick store also offers lots of fun events and tastings, including a couple upcoming events that are perfect to bring your kids for the holidays:
Cooking with Kids: Gingerbread Dream House on December 8, 11 AM and 1 PM
Wegmans will have ready-to-decorate gingerbread houses and plenty of sweet decorations for your little architect to make a take-home dream house. They’ll also enjoy holiday cookies and hot cocoa. Sign up at the Wegmans Natick service desk; $15 with Shoppers Club for parent and child (while space is available – sign up at the service desk).
Breakfast with Santa on December 9, 8:30-11 AM
Breakfast with Santa will bring holiday cheer and smiles for the whole family. Meet Santa at Wegmans before he heads to the mall court. There will be a buffet-style breakfast available for purchase.
Wegmans is beloved because it just makes life easier, especially during the holidays. You can grab some household decorations after you grab a bite at their salad bar or even a small Christmas tree and wrapping paper!
Here are a few of the favorite Wegmans buys you shared with me:
- Freshly sliced deli meat, including organic turkey
- The Hot Food bar (I agree and so do many of you!)
- Wine selection
- Bulk bins and make your own trail mix (I agree with this one!)
- Buffalo cheese dip
- Coconut cake from bakery
- Family pack hummus cups, cilantro jalapeño hummus, & some dessert hummus seen on The Shark Tank
- Bison French onion dip
- Black bean salsa
- Bread, whole wheat raisin especially
- The many dairy free alternatives
- Precut/ready to cook veggies like zoodles
- Original chocolate chip cookies
- Creamy organic no stir peanut butter (I agree! I bought this unknowingly only to find out how good it was)
- Cannoli dip and chips
- Amazing cheese
- Truffle Salt
- Marinated Meats
- Wegman’s sparkling water, especially the cherry pomegranate
- Premade black bean burgers in the produce department
- Ready-to-cook entrées in oven-safe packaging – chicken cacciatore, asian bbq short ribs, curry chicken (I AGREE!)
- Easy ready-to-cook dinners to pop in oven (salmon or scallops are great)
- Wegmans Pesto
- Kale lemon vinaigrette salad mix
What is your favorite Wegmans buy? Share below in comments.
This post is sponsored by Wegmans. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Rochester girl here! I live 10 minutes from the flagship store and am there at least twice a week -- a few more items to add to your list:
Wegs Basting Oil
Wegs Searing Flour
Wegs Roasted Salsa Verde
Vegan PB cookies on the cookie bar
Any of the Wegmans brand Gouda cheese made by Beemster
Wegs bagged sweet & salty popcorn
Enjoy the wine -- NY state liquor laws prevent grocery stores from selling wine?
Someone else said basting oil and I didn’t put it on here because I was like, what is this? But I also LOVE the cookie bar haha.