Wegmans Has A Special Counter For The Food Prep Haters Of The World

If you hate food prep, or even if you just need some help with getting a healthy dinner on the table after a long day, Wegmans has you covered. The chain of stores, founded in 1916 in Rochester, New York (according to Wegmans) has a strong following, and for good reason. It's well-known for its large selection of healthy food products, high-quality produce, and excellent customer service. Today, Wegmans has over 100 stores in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

In the 1950s, Wegmans began to offer an in-store bakery, deli, hot bar, and veggie counter. The supermarket chain has a reputation for having a wide variety of fresh produce, including a large selection of vegetables, and over the years it has become one of the most popular retailers in the United States. If you like shopping here, you probably already know that finding something to make for a quick weekday dinner is easy to do, but if you haven't visited Wegmans' hot bar or veggie counter, you are missing out on a chance to cut down on food prep.

Wegmans has a plethora of produce

According to Food & Wine, Wegmans has an entire counter for lazy people, or busy people, who still want to eat healthy foods. The Wegmans veggie counter prepares all sorts of vegetables, in various manners, like pureed, sliced, chopped, diced, and even spiraled into zoodles, which allows you to simply take them home and cook them — no preparation needed!

Customers can purchase the vegetables by weight at the counter, or they can find prepackaged options, such as salad mixes, already ready to go. In addition to fresh vegetables and fruits, the Wegmans veggie counter also offers a variety of prepared vegetables, such as roasted vegetables, stir-fry blends, and vegetable platters, per Wegmans. Like most grocery stores, the selection of vegetables at the Wegmans' veggie counter may vary depending on the season and the store's location, but it typically includes a wide variety of options, such as leafy greens, root vegetables, squashes, tomatoes, peppers, and more. Wegmans also has a large organic section, for those who insist on eating only organic vegetables.

Wegmans can get pricey

If you want to save even more time, you can order a wide variety of produce online, including cooked items and sliced and diced vegetable and fruit options (per Wegmans). This will also help you determine what produce is seasonally available to you and how much it will cost before you make a trip to the store. One thing to note about Wegmans is that, even though Reader's Digest says it's the top-ranking grocery store chain in America, it's also one of the most expensive.

According to The Grocery Store Guy, Wegmans is more expensive than most grocery chains, including around 9% more expensive, per the average grocery store trip, than Whole Foods. All of those prepared produce items can really add up. For example, a 12-ounce bag of cut cauliflower florets is $2.79, but a whole head of cauliflower is only $2.99 on the store's website. According to What Things Weigh, the average cauliflower weighs a little more than 20 ounces. So, if you buy pre-cut florets at Wegmans, you will be getting around half of a cauliflower for roughly the same price.