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You can miss it if you're not careful. In the back of Orange Street Food Farm, between aisles 12 and 13, stands a sizable three-shelf display stocked with an assortment of mostly organic and/or international goodies. The lineup of these shelves constantly rotates. For instance, one recent shopping trip revealed a bag of sun-dried tomato and cheese focaccia baking mix, Yohay brand "Lemon Tea" shortbread cookies, luncheon meat from Poland, herring fillets in mushroom cream sauce, and Island Pineapple grilling marinade in a spritzer bottle. John Lubbers, majority owner of the Food Farm, tells us that most of the products displayed on the shelves come from Tree of Life, the nation's leading distributor of natural and specialty foods. When Tree of Life has a surplus of one item, an item isn't fit for bulk distribution or an item is discontinued, they call up the Food Farm. That means loyal shoppers get treated to an ever-revolving and often fleeting aisle of intrigue. "People really like it," says Lubbers. "I know I shop there."

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