BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 3, 2015) – Minnesota will have its first Fresh Thyme Farmers Market this fall when the healthy and nutritious focused grocer opens in Bloomington on Wednesday, September 30! Fresh Thyme grand opening celebrations have become increasingly popular for their huge grocery giveaway, where the first 250 people in line when the doors open at 7 a.m. receive a free reusable bag filled with $50 worth of healthy groceries.

“Fresh Thyme is excited to open its first Minnesota store in Bloomington,” said Fresh Thyme’s CEO Chris Sherrell. “We love meeting new people in the communities we join, and we look forward to offering a shopping experience that encourages healthy and nutritious buying habits.”

In addition to the giveaway there will be food sampling, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family! Fresh Thyme will present charitable donations during the ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:45 a.m. to the Bloomington Fine Arts Council and Bridging, a furniture bank providing families in need with furniture and home amenities.

“Fresh Thyme is passionate about making ‘local’ a focus of each store,” said Sherrell. “We go to great lengths to source products and produce local to each store; our Bloomington location will stock products such as J.R. Watkins and Clean Smart. We love to support and work with local non-profits and we hold a job fair for each store opening.”

Bloomington’s Store Director, Greg Beckers, is an example of this commitment. Greg, a native Minnesotan has lived and worked in the Twin Cities area for 30 years and has consistently volunteered his time to numerous charitable organizations. “I am very proud to be a part of such a dynamic city that is considered a top place to live and work,” Said Greg. “Fresh Thyme will be a proud and active member of the community.”

About Fresh Thyme

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is a full-service specialty retailer focusing on value-priced fresh, healthy, natural and organic offerings. It boasts an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products. Fresh Thyme is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. Learn more at freshthyme.com. Keep in touch by liking us atfacebook.com/freshthymefarmersmarkets and following us at twitter.com/freshthymefm.