The area of Auburn, and Logan County for that matter, has a new place to go to buy groceries, with a little bit of extra something special added. The Country Breeze Market on the outskirts of Auburn opened its doors Aug. 21 and when walking in you will find it’s not like any other place around these parts.
The market is located in the big red barn off the first exit to the Auburn Business District, just down from Southern Outdoor Furniture. The market is owned and operated by locals Michael and Ruth Anne Mast. Mast admitted one of the reasons he opened the store was because he had seven daughters who could help him run the place.
“We wanted to be able to offer a little something different for the community,” said Mast, a contractor by trade and long-time auctioneer for Haley Auctions & Realty. “This is a specialty grocery,” Mast added. You can buy things at this market you may not be able to find close by.
The market offers a wide variety of goods you don’t often see in Logan County. The packaging itself is unique as Mast buys in balk and separates it out for customers. There is local produce, milk and butter rolls along with merchandise from Amish communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. When walking down the isles in the Country Breeze Market you will find yourself oohing and awwing at what is offered.
A large variety of mixes, jellies, slow cooked jams, honey, baking supplies, soups, nuts, snacks, dairy, beans, dips, crackers, breads and baked goods. And the candy isle is not only alluring, but plentiful, as individual plastic containers are filled with numerous selections to satisfy your sweet tooth.
There are also cookbooks full of recipes for all occasions, including some for medicinal purposes. There is a craft corner filled with hand-made signs good for gifts or taking home for yourself. There are soaps, stainless steel cookware, kitchen odds and ends, cards, candles and even a section for health-minded individuals, as well as those who desire gluten free products.
The fresh deli is also very impressive with a large selection of meats and cheeses. The market provides sandwiches as well and you can even call in and order over the phone.
“There are similar markets in surrounding counties,” said Mast. “But I noticed we didn’t have one, so I wanted to open one here.”
The market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.