Has anyone shopped at this Mar Val? It is a whole lot closer to Yosemite, than Oakdale. Is there a deli? We need tons of food to feed 10 people and I hate to haul frozen goods, refrigerated foods... 2 hours from Oakdale.
Did you read the link that november_moon gave in her Aug 26 message? I don't think you are going to do any better than that. Mar Val in Groveland not only has a deli, but a bakery as well., and their produce is fresh.Edited: 26 September 2014, 21:50
Just my gut feeling but I would bet a small independent market in Groveland will be quite a bit more expensive than a large supermarket in Oakdale. Especially if you're buying (tons of food) for 10. I don't think anything will go bad or defrost in an hour or two but if you're worried buy a cheap cooler and some ice.
Yes, surely if you are there in the park for a week, you'll want a cooler (or two or three!). They have the styrofoam ones in the large stores. I'd definitely shop in a larger place. You could run out of food for ten at a small market and then you'd be forced to shop at the Yosemite store (those prices will shock).
You'll have to keep the coolers in the bear box unless you are staying at a lodge.
A cooler in your car in the daytime is OK, but not at night.
Thanks for the replies. I did see the link and it looks good to me, but no one ever recommends the place on these boards . Of course the Co, Website is going to make it look good. Have any of you all that commented actually been there? I would love to have some info from someone who has actually shopped there.
The OP was looking for a place specifically between Sonora and Yosemite Valley that had organic and free range options. That's why I suggested this store specifically. There aren't a ton of choices between these areas. I have been to this store, but not recently.
Since you are coming from farther away, you have more choices. I am not familiar with Oakdale, so I don't know if the choices there are better than Groveland, but shopping 2 hours away shouldn't be too much of an issue, even with frozen foods if you have a cooler.