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Sneak Peek: Local Harvest Grocery opens in Kirkwood

October 18th 02:10pm, 2012

Two years ago, when Maddie Earnest and Patrick Horine announced that they would be relocating Local Harvest Grocery to a larger space on Morgan Ford Road, Earnest proudly commented, “We will even have little shopping carts with wheels. We’re big time now!”

If grocery carts symbolized to Earnest that she and Horine (pictured below) had finally arrived, the opening of a second Local Harvest Grocery location today marks perhaps an even more important milestone: providing St. Louis county residents and workers with increased options to make local, sustainable food choices.

Situated at the intersection of Big Bend and Old Big Bend Roads in Kirkwood, the 6,000-square-foot grocery store offers a full selection of goods from local, organic and sustainable sources. Among the 12 aisles, shoppers will find a wide array of meat, dairy, produce, baked goods, dry goods including bulk items, coffees, teas, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

“We have so many varieties of jam and jellies,” commented Earnest as she gave a tour of the store. “We even have a section devoted to local cleaning products and personal care. And see how nice and big our produce section is!” she gushed. Coming soon, she noted, are cheese-making supplies and sprouting equipment.

Local Harvest aims to source at least half of its inventory from within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis. Tags affixed on shelves near products help customers to easily recognize products that hail from the St. Louis region, as well as those from within 150 miles and 300 miles of the area.

Two focal points are a deli counter in the rear of the store and a 40-seat cafe near the entrance. Hungry patrons can order breakfast items such as parfaits, smoothies, baked oatmeal or egg sandwiches then hit the road or eat right there at the cafe. Lunch offerings include salads and sandwiches, such as a chicken salad sandwich (pictured above, bottom) or Tom sandwich (pictured above, top right). Look also for a daily special, priced between $8 and $10, plus numerous grab-and-go items like hummus, garbanzo bean salad and quinoa salad (pictured above, top left).

Weekend brunch will feature items similar to those offered at Local Harvest Cafe on Morgan Ford and downtown, with a couple additions, including eggs Benedict, noted executive chef Clara Moore (pictured above). The new Local Harvest also offers catering services with a large selection of prepared foods using (what else?) locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The Kirkwood location of Local Harvest Grocery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

By Ligaya Figueras

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