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This week: Local in Boston, Part 2: City Feed and Supply! Specialty Grocery Store and Cafe in Jamaica Plains.
Where is it:
672 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain – (617) 524-1700
66A Boylston St, Jamaica Plain – (617) 524-1657
How to get there: Bike to Jamaica Pond Along the Greenway/Jamaicaway path, AKA Charles River Reservation starting south of South Campus. Go about halfway around the pond to get to Pond St, and then turn left. Pond will take you to Centrre, 672. JP Licks (the original) is also right there.
What makes City Feed and Supply unique is it’s offering of zero-waste, local processed, fair trade, and specialty foods. The front table offers deals on tomatoes, squashes, and honey produced locally. I was happy to see the organic-local varieties actually very price-competitive with the distance stuff they were selling from Florida. Massachusetts (and City Feed) has a great local organic farm community, highlighted on their “Meet the suppliers” page and in little cards around the store. My favorite had to have been Enterprise Farms, which had been producing organically from 2 acres to 75 in S. Deerfield, year round. I’d like to go visit them someday. I bought brocolli, tomatoes, and winter squash from them.
Local processed is an interesting food variety, because it gives jobs. If you don’t have a farm (or do but in the winter), wheat germ, rolled oats, sodas, and biscuits/energy bars/granola can all be made from the same materials! Cabot Dairy Farms in Vermont, “owned by” farmers has been making maple sugars, cheeses, specialty foods for years now. Must-stock from the processed foods include coffee, kettle chips, spices, honey (beekeepers!), and Fair Trade bananas, chai, chocolate, cocoa, kambucha, mangos, sugar, tea and vanilla (Not local, but Equal Exchange is in Ma.. and very politically active http://smallfarmersbigchange.coop). I picked up a ginger root beer. Ah!
Conclusion: City Feed and Supply is a great place to go and pick up two or three items, stop by The White Haus, and grab a beer/coffee in J.P. Their website is pretty good, http://cityfeedandsupply.com/, as well as they’re also on Twitter and Facebook.
Look forward to shopping there soon! It’s great, all my lunches for this week are prepared after cooking up a storm this weekend. Tuesday’s a farm market day, at MIT Stata Center, first floor! (Massachusetts Avenue).
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