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The Local Grocer: Organic Expansion at Work

By Elisha Neubauer

If there's one thing The Local Grocer knows, its expansion. Opened in 2010 as a health food store, complete with deli and bakery, the shop expanded its operations merely three years later to include a yoga studio, massage, organic skin care, hypnotherapy, a community/event space, an Eco-Gift Shop, and a Wellness and Metaphysical Book Loft and Reading Room.

Looking to meet your wellness needs all in one location, the space operates under one goal: to provide quality goods and services that support a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

"Our health food market focuses on organic and locally sourced foods and products, premium supplements and body care, and quality goods," states Heather Chase, owner of The Local Grocer. "Our farm-to-table café offers healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch and the deli serves soups, salads, sides, and meals-to-go."

At The Local Grocer, they bake their own organic bread, use local organic eggs, and all of produce, grains, seeds, nuts and beans are completely organic. Meats are naturally and humanely raised and sourced as regionally as possible and dairy products, like butter and cheese, are hormone free and regionally sourced.

"We buy as locally as we can, whenever we can," explains Chase. "Our premium espresso bar truly does 'raise the bar' and serves drinks made with organic Fair Trade coffee beans roasted right here in North Conway, local milk, organic cane sugar, NH maple syrup, NH honey, organic cacao, and other premium organic ingredients. Our 100% organic juice bar and smoothies provide a nutritional boost while the creative bakery offers healthy treats free of sugar, flour, and common allergens, along with more traditional baked goods."

But that's not all! Chase informs us that they are now also offering vegan, gluten free, flour-free, and traditional cakes to order, along with carry-out catering. And let's not forget the gift shop. "Our Eco-Gift Shop has many unique gift ideas: sustainable and natural living supplies, organic make-up, yoga and metaphysical supplies, recycled stationary, Fair Trade and locally made pottery, jewelry, accessories and art, and a lot of other neat finds," she details. "It's a fun place to shop for meaningful gifts you can feel good about."

Chase says that a large part of their mission is to provide organic and local food to the community. "We practice, support, and promote organic practices wholeheartedly," she explains. "We feel that organic and local agriculture is an integral part in protecting our planet." In fact, along with her partner, Russ, Chase operates the Mountain Flower Farm in Intervale, just down the road from The Local Grocer. "We presently grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers for use in the café and market, using organic, biodynamic and permaculture practices."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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