Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Detwiler’s – I almost made it through the store

Eat Fresh for Less is the Detwiler’s Farm Market Mantra.

St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.

As I have mentioned in a couple of recent Posts my wife Theresa, and I will be relocating to Manatee County just East of Palmetto by year’s end. Construction on our new home is going well.
We have been spending some time in the Palmetto/Bradenton area getting familiar with roads, traffic and shopping. Always of special interest is grocery shopping and when we noticed a new grocery store called Detwiler’s not far from the new house, we decided to check it out.
Their newest store at 1800, US 301 in Palmetto was set to open, so we waited a few days and dropped by.
At 50,000 square feet, the store would be considered medium sized compared to some mega stores, but every square foot is put into good use. You can get more details on Detwiler’s from Herald Tribune Staff writer Laura Finaldi: Inside the Palmetto Detwiler’s Farm Market.
From produce to the deli, everything looked good. My wife wanted to pick up a few things, which we easily found with the help of some very nice Detwiler’s employees.
I was doing fine until we got to the bakery and the pie table. My eyes drifted across the table checking out the peach, apple, strawberry and other berry pies and then there it was!
Strawberry rhubarb pie!!!
I let out a little gasp, my wife said, “What’s wrong?” Speechless I pointed to the pie and quickly grabbed one of two remaining pies.
Now, I am originally from Indiana, and we had strawberries and rhubarb literally growing right outside the back door of the house. Strawberry/rhubarb pie was a once a year delicacy eagerly anticipated.
An hour or so later I was sitting at our kitchen table enjoying a large piece of warm (it microwaves well) Strawberry/rhubarb pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Almost as good as my mom used to make fully capable of bringing back some nearly forgotten childhood memories.
If you live in the Bradenton/Palmetto area and have not made it out to Detwiler’s yet give it a try and don’t miss the bakery.
For those of you, who live up north and may follow the Sarasota or Bradenton PATCH sites for local news, events and things to do be sure to put Detwiler’s on your first list of things to do when get back for the winter.
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