Behind the Scenes of a Barons Food Panel

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Barons Market promises a ten-minute shopping experience, delicious products and the best possible prices. With these guarantees, it’s no wonder people often ask how we make it happen.

The answer is simple: a bit of teamwork and a lot of tasting.

Every week, our managers hold a panel to taste each potential product before it makes it onto our shelves. Our managers pack a small room to passionately debate whether or not a product is good enough for our customers.


Food Panel Todd

Take pasta sauce as an example. Have you ever noticed how many different types of pasta sauces are available in a typical grocery store? All you want to do is make spaghetti, and you’re overwhelmed with the options for sauce. At Barons, we taste all the all-natural options before they make it to our shelves and choose only the very best ones to carry. We’re here to save you from facing 20 pasta sauce options and trying to blindly decide which one might taste best.

Food Panel Oscar

Think of us as your personal shopper. We do the evaluating so you don’t have to. When we taste new products, we assess them based on the following questions:

• Do you like this product?
• Do you like the taste?
• Do you like the price?
• Are the ingredients all-natural?
• Do you like the packaging?
• Is it properly labeled?
• Would you buy this again?

Food Panel Kind

If a product wins a majority vote, we do our best to bring it to your local Barons Market. If we love the product but the price is too high, we try to negotiate it down so you don’t pay too much for the good stuff.

When a product makes it to our shelves, it’s safe to say we’ve already spent hours discussing it, tasting it and deciding if it gets the Barons seal of approval – which only about ten percent of products do.

Food Panel Buzz Beans

We also discuss customer requests and trends at our food panel meetings. The things you say to us in the store make it to the meetings and we figure out how to meet your needs. Have you been on the hunt for organic snacks? Let us look into that. Did you try an outstanding dip at a farmers market? Let us know – it could make an appearance in our next food panel. We want what you want, and this is how we make it happen.

We understand that tasting delicious food every week may not seem like hard work, but it remains at the core of Barons Market. We would never offer products that we wouldn’t feed our families or ourselves, and as our customers, you are part of the Barons family. Every time you shop with us, you can have the confidence that what you’re choosing from is what we have in our pantries – and we like to think we have pretty good taste.

How to have a Naturally Sweet Christmas

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year from food.

Everyone knows sugar is bad for you, but how can you avoid it this holiday season? It’s not impossible!

But fear not! We’re here to present some of our favorite sweet treats of the holidays without filling your body with sugar. Choose from a selection of treats sweetened with all-natural ingredients, such as beet juice, instead of  high-fructose corn syrup.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

  • Bark Thins Blueberry Quinoa
  • Silk Holiday Nog
  • Knudsen No Sugar Added Cider & Spice
  • Tru Sweets Candy Canes
  • All natural Gummy Bears & Sour Worms in our Bulk Department to dress up your Ginger Bread House
  • Dried Hibiscus, Lemon and Orange to fancy up your holiday cocktails
  • Nut Trays

Happy Holidays and Happy Eating!

Thanksgiving Day Store Hours 8am – 2pm

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Barons Market will be open 8am – 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th for your last minute Thanksgiving ingredients! Our regular store hours will resume on Friday, November 28th. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Coming soon…Alpine!

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Today we announce that we are officially coming to Alpine this Spring! Our new store will be located at 1347 Tavern Road in the Alpine Creek Town Center. More details about our grand opening and job fair to come!


Here are the keys to our new digs. You know, to make it official.



Healthy, budget-friendly, kid-friendly lunches for the New Year!

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We were on San Diego’s KFMB Channel 8 News this morning talking healthy, budget-friendly and kid-friendly lunches! We have a variety of awesome on-the-go snacks that are perfect to pack in lunch box. Our favorites include Justin’s Peanut Butter squeeze packs, local Grombomb Healthy Rehydration drinks, our very own Quinoa Edamame Salad and locally made Mamma Chia Squeeze snacks!

Barons Market on Food Network’s Restaurant Express, Sunday November 10th!

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Barons_Market_Restaurant_ExpressSo this is kind of a big deal. Food Network asked US, your favorite neighborhood market, to allow their chef contestants to come in and shop for their ingredients in our Barons Market in Temecula! How cool is that? The day was a whirlwind. A bunch of chefs, armed with shopping carts and cash, ran into our store and shopped for ingredients for their food challenge. They shopped for a frenzied 45 minutes and said that they loved our products, our prices, and our staff. It was a fun day and our team did an awesome job helping the chefs find everything. So set your DVR’s for Sunday, November 10th at 9pm and who knows…maybe you’ll recognize a few of us?!

Barons Market wins Best Local Grocery Store in CityBeat Awards!

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SD_Citybeat_Best_of_San_DiegoWow! We’re blushing! Thank you San Diego for voting us Best Local Grocery Store in San Diego via SD CityBeat’s 2013 Best Of Awards! You can read the list of the other winners here!

Barons Market featured in the San Diego Union Tribune!

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Barons Market tasting food samples!

Barons Market tasting food samples!

So this is cool. The folks over at the Union Tribune came out to one of our Taste Team meetings

Barons Market Ice Cream

We all scream for Barons Ice Cream!

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Barons Market Ice CreamIs it just us, or does every day in Southern California feel like a warm summer day? And nothing tastes better on a warm day than cold and creamy ice cream (or a nice chilled glass of wine wine…or maybe and chilled craft IPA…oh whatever..back to the ice cream). We are ALL about bringing you fantastic products at a value and couldn’t find a delicious ice cream for a even tastier price…so we made our own! How great is that? We’ve got all the classics: Rocky Road, Chocolate Brownie (my personal favorite), Lemon Sherbet, Vanilla and more. But the “coolest” part (hehe) is the price. We’re selling large 56 ounce tubs for only $3.99 each and the pints for just $2.69. That means more ice cream for everyone!