I have lived in the Downtown area of Mountain View, CA for almost 5 years now. One of the things I have heard many times is that we need a grocery store on Castro Street. Funny but there has been a grocery store on Castro Street for years but for many people the traditional Asian grocery store did not fulfill what they were looking for. Downtown Mountain View has finally gotten their wish, what used to be the Castro Market is now Ava’s Downtown Market and Deli.
Ann and Juan are doing an amazing job of keeping some of the standards that the Asian market carried and adding a lineup of items that feels like a “Farmer’s Market” every day at Ava's Downtown Market and Deli. They carry lots of fresh local produce and local meats. Plus meats you don’t get other places like rabbit and goat, which are big in my house. Someone has already posted a recipe on Ava’s website for a rabbit dish with prunes that sounds quite good. I am planning on making rabbit in a red wine sauce this weekend.
So I want to challenge my neighbors and friends to walk over and shop at Ava’s Downtown Market and Deli instead of driving to Whole Foods or Safeway. I have nothing against the chain stores but I love having fresh produce, bread and meat that I can pick up every day and not have to drive. With gas over 4 dollars a gallon it is great to not have to drive to the grocery store. I already had California Market for the essentials; toilet paper, salsa and tamales. Now with Ava's Downtown Market and Deli I can get most of what I want without getting in a car.
Local businesses need the support of the community. Ann and Juan took a leap of faith that those of you that live in the area will really support a local grocery store you said you always wanted.
So this week instead of driving to another grocery store, grab your reusable bag and walk down to Ava’s. The blood oranges are amazing, I highly recommend trying them and they are much better priced at Ava’s than Whole Foods.
I hope to run into you in the aisle!