They say you are what you eat.
For health-conscious individuals, this means more than building a diet around healthy foods. It means choosing as many groceries as possible with a small footprint. In our region, it’s easy to shop local within your favorite grocery store. From local beers to local beer shampoos, and farm-fresh produce to herb-infused body products, the people of Western North Carolina are proud to grow local, sell local, and buy local.
Here are just 10 of the many local foods and drinks you can find at grocery stores around Asheville and WNC.
You may have read about Buchi Kombucha in Fast Company, The Washington Post, or The New York Times. This grassroots fermentation business started with two “buchi mamas” at a farmers market and has grown quickly in less than 10 years into a regional brewery whose products are found in more than 50 locations around Asheville. Check out the garden-to-glass Buchi Bar at Rosetta’s Kitchen, 116 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville.
Find Buchi Kombucha in Asheville at: Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife, Harris Teeter, Hopey & Co, Ingles Markets, and more.
City Bakery Breads
Even as they’ve grown to two cafe locations, a wholesale bakery, and a catering division, City Bakery has remained independent and family owned since it began in 1999. They specialize in traditional French breads and source their products from local businesses wherever possible. Pop into one of their downtown Asheville cafes for breakfast pastries or lunch sandwiches. Or find their breads in one of more than 65 area locations.
Find City Bakery breads at: Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife, Ingles (Asheville, Brevard, Canton, Fletcher, Waynesville, Weaverville), Whole Foods, and more.
Devil’s Foot Ginger Ale
Located in North Asheville, Devil’s Foot makes non-alcoholic ginger ales that are devilishly simple and fresh. They pride themselves on using fresh, all-natural, and local ingredients to create a product for Beer City that both kids and adults can enjoy. Devil’s Foot’s 15-barrel facility currently specializes in traditional and spicy ginger ales, with a naturally-flavored line of sparkling waters coming soon.
Find Devil’s Foot ginger ale at: French Broad Food Co-op, and tons of local markets and restaurants in your neighborhood.
The Hop Ice Cream
Though The Hop was founded in 1978, it was in 2008 when the current owners transformed it into a regional sweet-treat powerhouse. In addition to being a local favorite, The Hop was named by Huffington Post and Domino Magazine as one of the 12 Best Ice Cream Shops in America. They’ve also been featured on the Cooking Channel show “Unique Sweets” and in VegNews as one of the best 8 Outrageous Vegan Scoops at Ice Cream Shops Nationwide.
Find The Hop ice cream at: Earth Fare and dozens of locations around Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Hot Springs, Marshall, Mills River, Rutherfordton, and Saluda.
Laura Lynn Milk
According to Leah McGrath, Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian, about 80% of Ingles-brand milk comes from dairy farms within 100–150 miles of Asheville. This includes local family-owned farms like English Farm in Marion and Ramsey Dairy Farm in Fairview. Because Ingles processes the milk themselves, it often takes less than 48 hours for the milk to go from the cow to the dairy case. And if freshness isn’t enough, Ingles makes sure their farmers don’t use artificial growth hormones.
Find Laura Lynn milk at: Your local Ingles Market.
Lusty Monk Mustard
Lusty Monk’s branding may verge on irreverent, but their mustards will “make your tongue believe in God,” according to one customer. The family-owned, quality-conscious company creates condiments that are fresh ground, handcrafted, and full of flavor. The course-ground “original sin” is delicious enough to tempt any mortal, while the “burn in hell” falvor will raise your temperature without raising any blisters. Find it in the refrigerator case or order it right to your door.
Find Lusty Monk mustards at: Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife, Ingles (Asheville, Black Mountain, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Mars Hill, Mills River, Waynesville, Weaverville), and 18 states across the U.S.
No Evil Foods
From vegan “chicken” to “Italian sausage,” No Evil Foods makes a variety of small-batch and sustainable plant-based proteins. The company’s founders believe that real change starts on your plate, so they adopted “Do no evil” as their culinary battlecry. The company recently announced that Ingles Markets has begun carrying their four core varieties at 150 locations in four states across the region. Congrats!
Find No Evil Foods at: Earth Fare, French Broad Food Co-op, Greenlife, Hopey & Co, Ingles (Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Canton, Etowah, Fairview, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Marshall, Mars Hill, Mills River, Swannanoa, Waynesville, Weaverville), Whole Foods, and more.
In Beer City, it’s no small feat to live up to the moniker, “the microbrew of hummus,” but that’s just what Roots does. Their recipes are crafted “to connect and heal people through the power of food.” Try the OG original flavor, or take your tastebuds on a trip around the world with Hot Chipotle, Thai Coconut Curry, and more. Wherever you go, rest assured that your roots will remain in the River Arts District of Asheville, where Roots is based.
Find Roots Hummus at: Earth Fare, Food Lion (Brevard, Candler, Canton, Clyde, Columbus, Fairview, Rutherfordton, Sylva), French Broad Food Co-op, The Fresh Market (Asheville, Hendersonville), Greenlife, Harris Teeter (Asheville, Hendersonville), Hopey & Co (Asheville, Black Mountain), Ingles (Arden, Asheville, Black Mountain, Brevard, Burnsville, Candler, Canton, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Lake Lure, Marshall, Mars Hill, Mills River, Spruce Pine, Swannanoa, Waynesville, Weaverville), Publix (Asheville, Weaverville), Whole Foods, and more.
Smiling Hara Hempeh
If you’ve never tried hempeh, you’ll love this pre-seasoned, gluten-free, “heat and eat” cultured hemp protein. The family-owned business makes fresh batches of their product every week from their headquarters in Barnardsville. While just minutes away from consumers here, Smiling Hara distributes throughout the Southeast, Midwest, Mid Atlantic, and Northeast. Check out their site for quick and delicious recipes.
Find Smiling Hara Tempeh at: Earth Fare, Ingles (Asheville, Candler), and more.
Tito’s Specialty Foods
You’ll be buying hummus anyway, so next time, buy Tito’s. Based in Hendersonville, Tito’s specializes in preservative-free hummus and mayonnaise-free pimento cheese. In fact, all of their products are gluten free, soy free, and preservative free. Plus, every container you purchase provides a complete meal to an at-risk youth in your area (within 50 miles of purchase).
Find Tito’s Specialty Foods at: Whole Foods Market and more.
Keep Shopping Local at Specialty Markets
“Big box” supermarkets, and even smaller co-ops, carry a large percentage of national and international products to round out their offerings. But there are many more delicious local products around, including Firewalker Hot Sauce, Mooty’s Healthy Snacks, and more. For even more local products, scout out a local market in your area. Here are two in Asheville:
Lexington Corner Market
Find a wide assortment of local foods at Lexington Corner Market in the heart of downtown Asheville. While you’re downtown, stop by for the essentials without having to get in the car.
58 College Street, Asheville | (828) 225-3256 | lcm.rachelwhaley.com
West Village Market
771 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 225-4949 | westvillagemarket.com
What is your favorite locally made product? Tell us about it in the comments:
— Beverly-Hanks WNC (@beverlyhanks) June 26, 2018