SHOPPING

If you’re into local food, you need to know where to find it. Check our farmers’ markets page for details on those, but here we’ll highlight some of our favorite retail destinations for all sorts of food-and-drink-related shopping, as well as any interesting info we come across.

Polar vortex sale at Smoking Goose

Yes, we’re tired of the below-freezing temps, but a polar vortex sale at Smoking Goose might make the weather just a bit more tolerable.

Stop by Smoking Goose, 407 Dorman St., from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and pick up frozen sausage for 25 percent off on Friday, Jan. 31. And if you buy 10 pounds (think Super Bowl party food), you get 40 percent off. And if that’s not enough to get you out of the house, the intrepid folks at Smoking Goose will even be outside grilling; get a grilled sausage with Flat 12 beer mustard and grilled onions for $3.

Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Other news…

What’s hot in food  shopping these days? According to specialtyfood.com, here are five key trends.

We want to know about GMO. “Specialty food consumers are four times more likely to seek out non-GMO foods than non-specialty food consumers, and more than twice as likely to want to learn more about them. Yet opinions on the subject differ sharply.”

We’re pinning recipes and recommendations on Pinterest. “Eighty-three percent of specialty food consumers use social media. Facebook is the most popular tool in general, but Pinterest is used most often for talking about food…”

We’re using our phones to research, shop and scan. “Specialty food consumers have a growing willingness to use their mobile phones for food purchasing or preparation; 43 percent of these consumers do so already.”

We’re looking for a taste adventure. “Two reasons for purchasing specialty foods—discovering them during travel and getting recommendations from television shows—jumped over last year’s data.”

We’re going Greek (go figure). “This year, almost a third of specialty food consumers specified Greek food as an ethnic cuisine they purchase, a trend that could be partially spurred by the Mediterranean diet or by shoppers’ embrace of Greek yogurt.”