All good intentions aside, I imagine that most mortals can't afford to buy everything they need at Whole Foods (and many can't afford to buy anything there). So there's another local grocery store I reluctantly go to for certain items: Albertson's, which I think of as the anti-Whole Foods.
Whereas Whole Foods surrounds you with an impression that you're contributing to good, or at least contributing less to evil, Albertson's presents no such lofty ideals. The food for sale here seems to be all about pleasing the id. I'm so repulsed by much of the offerings at Albertsons (and their implications for health and the planet) that in a twisted way, I've come to enjoy my visits. What will I see next?
I recently had to pick up some horseradish for a recipe, and thought, I don't need organic horseradish, and I certainly don't need to pay $18 for organic free-range horseradish at Whole Foods. At Empty Foods, there were five different kinds of horseradish on the shelf, every one of them under $3, I believe--except that every one of them contained eggs! (Mind blown yet again by Southern food. What is with putting eggs into everything--gravy, dressing? Where does it end?) In a subsequent trip I found two additional brands of horseradish, one of which was the traditional kind I'd been looking for, sans eggs. These two options were located in the dairy case. But of course. I should've known to look in the dairy case for a pickled condiment containing no dairy.
Here's the sacks-of-sugar section, where you can get 10-pound and 25-pound bags of sugar. (In the very bottom right corner, those bags that looks like they might contain dog food or rock salt--that's sugar.) Kids in this market tend to be really loud and hyper; go figure.
And here's the comprehensive pudding section.
This endcap (to use the terminology from when I was in the biz) showcases Styrofoam supplies for your We Destroyed the World party.
Other endcaps I've seen have been themed around recipes, such as Velveeta paired with Ro-Tel tomatoes and peppers (dump the can into the Velveeta, nuke, and you have a nacho dip!), and one endcap display was just sacks o' white sugar.
In this aisle, you can find items from the food group
Here's the Velveeta and Cheez Whiz section.
In case you don't know what to do with bananas, here's a helpful display of Nilla Wafers, for making Nilla banana pudding, or chocolate dip to coat them. The produce is probably all coated in X-tra Cancer pesticides, but I buy their potatoes because they're man-size, and I can't hang with those little organic ones.
Don't forget the main course: barbecue. Note the inflatable Mike the Tiger behind the smoker grill, heading up the LSU merch section of the supermarket, and there are Mardi Gras supplies there on the right. Our rental home came with one smoker in the back yard and one Mardi Gras supply: a light-up plastic purple-and-green chalice. The chalice has been used, the smoker will be experimented with at some point, and after multiple requests from the fiance, I have bought supplies to make that Nilla-'naner pudding. I'm not setting foot in that Kool-Aid aisle, though.