On a whim, I bought a Living Social voucher to a store in Orange called Wild Acorns. I didn’t know anything about it, except that the store sold vinegars and olive oils. I figured I can always use more of those, so I bought one voucher. Now I wish I had bought more. The store is in an unremarkable storefront across from Bob’s Discount Furniture. You know the area– highly commercial, crazy traffic, not exactly the place to achieve zen-like peace.
Walk into the store, however, and it’s a different story. It’s quiet, it’s pretty and there’s a lot to see. The website says Wild Acorns is “Your local gourmet specialty store.” There are big vats of oils and vinegars (and plenty of little cups so you can taste). There’s a make-your-own trail mix bar, featuring things like yogurt raisins, dried fruits and candied nuts. And then there are teas, coffees, candies, sauces and all sorts of fun gourmet goodies. Here’s the best part, though. I’ve seen a lot of the things they have for sale at other stores, but the prices are much better. For instance, they had a tin of Harney & Sons Chocolate and Coconut tea that I’ve been wanting to buy forever, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the $15 that a local store was asking. I found the same tea at Wild Acorns for $6.99. It went right into my basket.
My second item was a bottle of espresso balsamic vinegar. Let me just say, it’s so exciting to discover new taste combinations that perk up your palate. As soon as I tasted it, I had to have it. I’m going to use it on pulled pork this weekend.
My third splurge was a container of buttery, salty Marcona almonds. I got them from the trail mix bar, and I figured I’d scooped about $8 worth of almonds. I was happily surprised when they rang up at $3.
I really like this place and if it was in Fairfield or Westport, I think it would do a rip-roaring business. Orange, though, I’m not so sure. That stretch of road is so busy that people just might drive right by it. I’m very glad I stopped in and I hope it does well, because I know where I’m going to get Christmas gifts next year.
516 Boston Post Road, Orange
Monday to Friday 9:30-6; Saturday, 10-6; and Sunday, 11-4.