Local Food Resources

Looking for a place to purchase local food?  Below is a list of a few places or websites to get you started.  If  you have a favorite place to get local food in the Charlottesville area, please leave us a comment!

Piedmont Environmental Council – The PEC is the driving force behind the Charlottesville area’s “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign to promote local agriculture.  They have a great site with comprehensive lists of grocers and restaurants that sell local foods, as well as a variety of farms, orchards, and vineyards in the area.  http://www.buylocalvirginia.org/

C’ville Market – A great local market that sells produce, some meats, cheeses, dairy, etc.  They clearly mark where each item comes from, making a search for local food easy!  http://www.cvillemarket.com

Feast! – Another great store in the Main Street Market that sells gourmet local foods.  http://www.feastvirginia.com/

Monticello Wine Trail – Vineyards are a rapidly growing segment of agriculture in Central Virginia and some tasty wines are being produced in the area.  Visit the Monticello Viticultural Area’s website to find a variety of local vineyards.  http://www.monticellowinetrail.com/

Polyface Farm – Joel Salatin’s “beyond organic” farm in Swope, VA, supplies many restaurants in the area, and will be supplying the turkeys for our Thanksgiving dinner.  http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

Integral Yoga – Close to the UVA Campus on Preston Ave, IY Natural Foods is a great option for natural and vegetarian foods, as well as local and organic produce – also look for natural health and beauty products here.  http://www.iyfoods.com/index.html

Retail Relay – This grocery delivery company is relatively new on the local scene.  Check out their “Virginia’s Bounty” section for some awesome selections.  You add items to your cart from the website and then they will schedule a time and place where you can pick up your groceries – how convenient!  http://www.retailrelay.com/Virginias-Bounty-Local-Food-C57.aspx?p=1

The Local Food Hub – It may not be where you make your next grocery shopping trip, but the Local Food Hub has a lot of exciting things going on in support of their mission of connecting local farms with consumers (schools, restaurants, and grocery stores).  Check out their site to read about this revolutionary project.  They also have a list of resources that you may find useful.  http://www.locallectual.com/content/view/1388/220/

Eat Well Guide – A national online guide to finding local food. Type in your address to see what stores, farms, and markets are within your local foodshed. Is your favorite local food joint missing from the database? Help support your local food community by suggesting listings for your area! http://www.eatwellguide.org/travel_map

2 Responses

  1. Don’t forget Foods of All Nations. They’ve got lots of local products in their store from the produce area right through the meat, cheese and wine departments!

  2. and Rebecca’s! they have local meats and cheeses; limited produce, but also has the nuts, beans, and other grains available in bulk. in barrack’s road shopping center near kroger.

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