Labels identify the companies that raise and process the beef. Strauss Meats, St. Helens, Snake River Farms, Painted Hills Natural Meat were represented in the glass case. Each of these farms boast on their websites that their meat is raised on family farms with sustainable practices that take into consideration the health and welfare of the animals as well as the environment. Customers who are concerned about ethical meat sourcing could use this information to do some further digging. Meat pricing was similar to Costco; for example, bone-in rib eye was $8.99 per pound.
The seafood case had a mix of wild and farm-raised fish and seafood. Long bodies of orange pink salmon and speckled trout and walleye lay on a bed of ice. Dungeness crabs, mussels, oysters, clams, octopus, shrimp, bay scallops and sea scallops were nearby. They all looked and smelled freshly plucked from the sea.
The famous pineapple slicer was out of order on my visit. The produce section was fine. There were interesting items like dragonfruit and daikon radishes, but I expected some local produce since the market is located in the agricultural epicenter of Clark County.
The cheese selection was OK.
The bakery was pretty standard — more Safeway than Ken’s Artisan bakery. The ciabatta I got was fluffy, lacking the chewy textured sponge of an artisan bread.
Overall, Rosauers is worth checking out for items at Huckleberry’s, as well as meat and seafood.
Shopping here is a pleasant experience. Everything is shiny and new. It’s spacious and doesn’t feel crowded — a welcome change from my neighborhood grocery store with its odd smells and endless announcement over the public-address system that someone needs assistance in the liquor aisle.
Anna Otoupal, who recently moved to Ridgefield, is thrilled to have Rosauers in her new town.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “It’s a gift in itself just having it so close.”