Midtown Market

Paducah's Gourmet Grocery Store

3000 Broadway Paducah, KY 42001

p (270) 444-3996 / f (270) 444-3959

Welcome to Midtown Market, Paducah’s premier gourmet grocery store. We carry high quality local produce, organic foods and unique flavors that you won’t find easily anywhere else in our region. At Midtown Market we have something for everyone, from made to order sandwiches and Boar’s Head meats and cheeses in our deli, to custom cuts of steak and other responsibly-raised meats found in our custom meat shop. We partner with local farmers and producers in order to carry as many locally-resourced fruits, vegetables and other products made in western Kentucky. In fact, we carry more Kentucky Proud products than almost any other grocery retailer in this end of the state. 

Whether you’re seeking an alternative to processed foods, or looking for organic produce and a variety of gluten-free items, our gourmet grocery carries high quality foods that are sure to meet your taste buds’ expectations. 

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Olives: Petite Parcels That Pack a Punch

Curious about olives? So were we! Today’s post won’t disappoint. If you don’t believe us when we say it, the items that line our shelves at Midtown Market really are a product of the things our customers tell us they want to see in the store. One thing customers begged us for was an olive bar. So we decided to add one and it’s been a huge hit!

Photo Credit: Glenn Hall Photography

Photo Credit: Glenn Hall Photography

Aside from the zesty flavors that olives add to salads, pizzas, pasta and breads, they also have a lot of health benefits. In fact, until we started doing the research to support the introduction of an olive bar to our neighborhood grocery we had almost no idea how many benefits are packed into this tiny, tasty fruit.

Yes, that’s right. Olives are fruits. They grow in Mediterranean countries on the olive tree, Olea europaea. Coupled with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, eating olives can do a body a lot of good. Ten medium olives contain only 40 calories. Not bad for a healthy, delicious snack, eh?

Here are a few things we think you will be glad to know:

  1. Olives contain natural components that help to control high blood pressure.

  2. They can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and maintain “good” HDL cholesterol.

  3. Olives are filled with antioxidants, which help protect cells.

  4. Olives contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, and maslinic acid, found in the skin of olives are thought to aid in the prevention of some cancers.

  5. Olives are an excellent source of dietary fiber, iron and Vitamin E 

For hundreds of years, the ancient Mediterranean cultures have endorsed olives for their supposed ability to enhance fertility and the reproductive system. It’s also been said to be an excellent aphrodisiac. We can’t personally vouch for any of that, but encourage you to stock up at our olive bar and explore the benefits on your own (wink, wink).

 Photo Credit: Glenn Hall Photography