|Family Market's seafood counter|
The market is aimed at anyone. They stock aisles and aisles of American staples -- products like pretzels, coffee and soda, brands like Pringles, Cheerios and Pop Secret. But this isn't just a new version of the Safeway that Family Market replaced.
|A dozen mushroom varieties|
If you live near Long Reach, Family Market can serve any daily needs. But it's an attraction to anyone from Columbia or south because it's a unique place for produce, seafood, meats, and Korean or Latin products south of Rt 40. These are some of the draws --
- The enormous produce section. Great selections. Great prices -- like 99-cent fennel, 59-cent-per-pound beets and six-for-a-dollar limes. Asian options like cabbages, radishes, Thai basil, and tiny eggplants. Latin options like jicama, yams, and coconuts. Huge boxes of mangos and other fruits.
- The seafood and meat counters. Lots of whole fish. Shrimp, clams, squid. American steaks. Korean cuts -- including ribs cut flanken-style across the bones. And options that I haven't seen elsewhere like ground pork. (There is also an entire counter of necks, tongues, hearts, etc. if that's your cup of tea.)
- Rice, beans, grains, and other staples. If you're listening to Mark Bittman, this is a great place to get barley, brown rice, and other grains.
- Korean items. Rices, noodles, hot pepper pastes and other items to cook Korean food. Prepared dishes like kimchi. But even easier, all kinds of Korean snack foods -- cookies, crackers, seaweed snacks.
- Latin items. An aisle of beans, peppers, spices, and every Goya product that I can imagine. Part of a dairy aisle with Mexican cheeses.
Seriously, this looks like a fun place for anyone who likes to cook. (Or at least for people who like Asian food and Facci.) The produce alone is unique enough to drive to Long Reach -- and it should just get better as fruits and vegetables come into season. Go now for squashes, ginger, mushrooms, a huge package of Thai basil . . . Go for one of the durian in the frozen section. Lord, the flavor is too much for me.
David Greisman wrote about the store opening in the Sun. Although the Korean-owned markets are similar, they're each unique. Family Market is closer to Super Mart than H Mart. It has Korean, American, Hispanic, and Indian items. It doesn't seem to have the scope of Chinese, Thai and other Asian packaged goods that the H Mart stocks.
8775 Cloudleap Court
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: This is in the Long Reach Village Center -- north of Rte 175 off Tamar Drive. If you're going to check it out, I suggest that you treat yourself to snack beforehand. There is a nice takeout fried chicken place called Chick N' Friends in the pedestrian part of the center. Get lunch or a snack, then go shop.