The Mom’s Organic Market located in Merrifield’s LEED-certified Mosaic District opened last month, and its earth-friendly practices extend all the way to the parking lot, where there are electric car chargers. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

But as admirable as Mom’s practices are inside the LEED-certified development — the Rockville-based company’s ninth store is 100 percent wind-powered and features renewable building materials and energy-efficient refrigerators/freezers — that’s not the main reason we shop at a supermarket. We want good produce, helpful staff, unique products, local products, an easily navigable store, and, of course, lots of free samples.

How does the new Mom’s stack up? I took a tour of the place last week and found many delights, plus an oddity or two. Take a look after the jump.

The produce at Mom’s is, as always, 100 percent certified organic, including the apples. The produce manager at the Mosaic store wasn’t sure where the apples are from, but they’re likely not from the East Coast, where the organic fruits are notoriously hard to grow. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)