The Local Grocer was founded in 2010 by owner/operators Heather Chase and Russell Van Deursen. Both are avid gardeners and passionate about issues of local food, the environment, permaculture and natural living. Heather’s background as a Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritional Consultant combined with her extensive work experience in the food service industry in the Valley has prepared her for the multi-faceted role as business owner of The Local Grocer. Farmer Russ uses his skills as a permaculture designer at their home, Mountain Flower Farm. Vegetables, herbs, and berries from the farm are sold in the market and a four season greenhouse is used to grow winter greens.
Our mission is to provide our community with delicious healthy food and natural living products; organic and local when possible, but always all-natural. Our health food market offers a wide variety of products to meet your weekly grocery needs. We have a large gluten-free section and strive to offer products that meet special dietary needs. We have a comprehensive herb and supplement section and educated and informed staff to help with your buying choices. We put time and effort into researching everything in the store, making sure we provide you with quality, healthy, ethical products.
Our breakfast and lunch café offers original, delicious and healthy menu options, meeting diverse dietary needs and choices. We use 100% organic produce, and our ethically-raised meats and cheeses are truly all-natural – no antibiotics, growth hormones or preservatives. In our cafe, we use organically raised local free range eggs from Viking Hill Farm in Freedom, NH. We offer many gluten-free items on our menu as well as in our deli. Our grab-and-go deli selection is quite extensive for those days when you are on the run but still want to eat healthily, and our coffee and espresso are organic and locally roasted. We believe in using local products whenever available. This not only helps support our local economy, but also to cut down on our use of natural resources by minimizing transport.
We feel good about being a green business; using petroleum-free, recycled and compostable to-go containers, cups, napkins, and cutlery, and minimizing our waste stream through comprehensive recycling and composting. We recycle over 95% of our waste and compost food all of our food waste at our farm.
Our Eco-Gift Boutique offers unique and meaningful gifts: sustainable living products, metaphysical tools, jewelry, locally made gifts, and fair trade items. If you’re looking for a great gift idea, or are just in the mood to shop an eclectic mix, this is the place.
In 2014 we expanded to offer a more holistic experience for our customers.
We added Be Well Studios, a yoga studio and wellness center, offering services such as massage, reiki, holistic personal training, and organic skin care. We also host workshops and classes on issues pertaining to holistic health and natural living. Our yoga studio offers over 20 weekly yoga and meditation classes taught by ten different instructors, with classes for people of all levels of fitness and experience. BeWellStudiosNH.com
We are striving to be a resource for our community; providing information, education, wholesome food, lifestyle tools, and a place to be that feels good.