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Farm Fresh

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3 Ratings
Ratings: 3
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3
pDev: 11.67%
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2320 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia, 23223-7844
United States
phone: (804) 565-3838

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(Place added by: OldFrothingSlosh)
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Photo of hchinaski
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%

The Market was taken over by Farm Fresh about a year and a half ago and, if not thriving, seems to be doing OK as a business.

They still have the big walk-in cooler, advertised as the "coldest in town", and yes, it is pretty chilly in there. The beer selection has markedly improved since they've been in business with Specialty Beer for the last year or so.

There is a decent selection of bombers on the top shelf, 4 or 5 rogue, a couple Stone, a couple of Belgians, lotsa Legend (we are in Richmond) and the Hobgoblin bottles.

Sixers have gotten better over the last few months. Just brought in a few Anchor beers, some Cottonwood from NC, Weyerbacher is decently represented, and SN has a few other than the standard there. English pub cans have a decent amount of space as well.

there isn't anything overly rare or special, but sometimes there are nice surprises, you never know.

The service there has always been horrible, and dont try asking anyone about beer, all they know is Natty Ice and Heinekin.

Price-wise, you pay a tad more than, say Kroger, but i live 3min. from the Market, so convenience comes into play. Nothing is outrageously over-priced, just that the Market in general is a bit pricey, kind of like a corner store.

If you live in the area, you already know about the cooler in the Market, if you are passing by on Main St., stop in and you might find something good.

hchinaski, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.55/5  rDev -15%

The Market is actually pretty easy to find on Main Street, East of I-95. Unfortunately there is not much reason to go there now.

The beer selection is standard grocery store fare. In fact Kroger on Broad Street had a much better selection. The beer "cave" is now BMC land and there are no micros of note other than Legend beers.

I will not return and would not suggest a visit. One caveat in April the place was up for sale. I have no idea if it has been sold and is now fully functioning or it the Market is still for sale and they are just filling the shelves with inexpensive macro beer.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%

Stopped by the Market recently to see what they had to offer. Snazzy website list "over 1700 varieties of wine and beer." Egads! That is quite a bit of ETOH from which to choose. I felt it my BA.com duty to get out there and see what they had to offer.

Located just slightly east of downtown, amongst several old warehouses converted into loft apartments, the Market at Tobacco Row reminds me of a cross between a Kroger's and Ukrop's grocery stores. Very bright and clean on the inside. "Fresh" is the operative word in the fruits & vegetables section. Coffee bar, etc. also available.

But it was the beer I wanted to see and most of the SW corner of the store was dominated by the wine and beer section. At first, I was rather disappointed by the pretty standard selection in the cooler cases along the far wall, with the macro varieties dominating. A few local selections (Legend, Dominion, and a few NC brewers), and some other well-known breweries (Guinness, Harp, etc.).

I missed the sign above the door to the walk-in cooler...and within the "Beer Cave" (your micro-brew headquarters) there was quite the selection of beers. Lots of cases of cans of the "Big 3" but they actually offered a nice selection of 6 packs from many breweries. Rogue, Weeping Radish, Sierra Nevada, Carolina Brewing Company, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary or eye-popping...just a good mix of beers that "Joe Average" has never heard of.

Given it's location relative to where I work (the opposite way from home), I don't see myself stopping by this place very often. A few places that are on the way home offer a better selection and I can get singles (yes, the Market carries Legend Brewing singles, but I refuse to purchase any more of their beers!).

Prices seemed just slightly lower than other smaller, beer-n-wine only places. Never saw any employees other than the chekout people...in fact, I helped two guests find a beer for the weekend.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 04, 2003
Farm Fresh in Richmond, VA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.