When I was a kid, Mom would sometimes insist that I go grocery shopping with her. Since she wasn't big on impulse buys, there was little excitement to these outings, and I avoided them six days of the weekSaturdays were the exception. The best thing about Saturdays (besides the cartoons)? Two words: free food. Rushing around the store, I couldn't wait to turn the corner and discover the next sample. Li'l Smokeys on a toothpick were always a favorite, as were the treats handed to me in mini-cupcake liners. A Ritz cracker with some surprise spreadmight either taste like drops of heaven or a pile of poocould be a deal-breaker, but I was willing to take the risk. Thanks to Whole Foods' Spring Fling
, though, the risk is gone now. Enjoy free samples of the new spring flavors and smile, knowing that you can impulsively buy whatever you like now. Spring Fling takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at all area Whole Foods locations. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com
Wed., April 5, 5-8 p.m.