Living in the Laurel: Farmer Joe’s

photo: Christina Mitchell

photo: Christina Mitchell

Since moving to the Laurel District a few months ago, and I’ve been exploring the small businesses that are close to my apartment.  Welcome to Living in the Laurel, a new series where I introduce you to my hood.

I discovered the newer, bigger Farmer Joe’s Market Place last year and it was like Berkeley Bowl, but without the stress.  But since I moved to the Laurel, I’ve been going to the original location on MacArthur because I always have a good experience.  And since shopping there, I’ve discovered several locally made products.  Most Oaklanders have been to Genova’s Deli for a sandwich, but did you know they also make products?  The chunky marinara sauce was oh-so-flavorful and obviously made by hand.  And if you’re looking for a snack, the Ginger No Cookie was so tender and full of spice, it’s hard to believe it’s both vegan AND gluten-free.  I noticed Bay Area Bee Company during my last visit, and it looked good, but I haven’t tried it yet.  The prices were not the lowest, but there were definitely some deals.  One of the cheapest and easiest meals I’ve ever made included boiling a package of ramen (without the seasoning packet) with fresh veggies and then mixing in a spoonful of sweet chili sauce and oyster sauce.  The whole meal was about $2 and it was delicious!

3501 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

510-482-8178

Christina Mitchell

Christina Mitchell

Christina is the founder of East Bay Dish and a social media marketing consultant. If you want to attract more customers with social media, click on my picture 🙂
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