The Local Grocer is a health food store located in North Conway, N.H. Founded in 2010 by owner/operators Heather Chase and Russell Van Deursen. Both are avid gardeners and passionate about issues of local food and economy, permaculture, holistic health, and natural living.
Heather has a background as a Clinical Herbalist and Wellness Consultant, and her extensive work experience in the foodservice industry in the North Conway area has prepared her for the multi-faceted role as a 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 nearly year-round.
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 selection to meet your weekly grocery needs. We strive to offer quality products that meet special dietary needs; including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Our comprehensive herb and supplement section combined with an educated and informed staff will help with your buying choices.
As a team, we put time and effort into researching everything in the store, making sure we provide you with quality, healthy, ethical products, with an emphasis on supporting independently owned businesses.
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 organic, local, free-range eggs. We offer many gluten-free & vegan 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 ware, and minimizing our waste stream through comprehensive recycling and composting. We recycle over 95% of our waste and compost all of our pre-consumer food waste.
The 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 2013 we added Be Well Studios, a yoga and wellness center, to offer a more holistic health experience for our customers, offering services such as massage, reiki, card readings, cutting edge sports recovery treatments, wellness workshops and holistic personal training.
In the summer of 2021 Mountain Kula Yoga took over the yoga program, and will be offering a full calendar of in-person and online yoga classes along with wellness workshops beginning in September 2021.
The Local Grocer strives to be a resource for North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley community; providing information, education, wholesome food, lifestyle tools, and a place to be that feels good.