34 Young St, Moonee Ponds. Phone 9375 3114
Young St is parallel to Puckle St, while Fresh On Young faces out on to the carpark adjacent Safeway.
This ain’t no supermarket – it may stock the likes of loo paper and laundry powder and so on, but not so that I’ve noticed.
On the other hand, nor is it a humble suburban fruit and vegie outfit. Nope, it’s more like a super-charged greengrocery.
In fact, the depth, breadth, colour and vitality of this outfit delivers much of the vibe of a visit to, say, Footscray market with very little of the jostling and hassles.
It’s a long building with a narrow street frontage, but it’s surprising how much they cram in there without ever engendering a cluttered or claustrophobic feel.
They have all the fresh fruit and vegies well covered, from staples to the more exotic, with specials to the front or outside.
The meats are all shrink-wrapped, but they cover a lot of bases there, too. We regularly pick up a six-pack of Italian pork sausages, which are as good as any we use for pasta sauces and seem more competitively priced than more specialist places. They even had goat when I dropped in a few weeks back.
The deli section down the end appears at first glance to be rather modest, but a look closer reveals they have all aspects of that covered, too.
There’s all the pasta, oils and vinegars and so you could want. I usually pick up some of the Motta or Lavazza coffee that’s on special, while down the front there’s also a pretty good selection of breads on hand – ranging from pide to sourdough.
There’s two checkout counters, one on either side at the front, and between them they can handle four shoppers at a time. I’ve always found the service quick and hassle-free.
Sadly, Fresh On Young is too far away from our Yarraville pad to be our regular one-stop grocery store. I wish!