While the internet is a top source of nourishing ingredients for many of us, if you can find a local store that carries traditional foods, it is an absolute treasure. I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Wholesome Acres Markets, a wonderful local store based in Northeast Ohio which carries many products that fans of Nourishing Traditions have come to know and love. Phillip and Mistee Leiss are the owners of Wholesome Acres Markets, and you can see their passion for local, nourishing foods shine through in the interview below (scroll down for a great offer from Wholesome Acres Markets!):
Elizabeth: What started you all on the journey of healthy eating?Phillip and Mistee: Our initial start into changing our diets for health's sake began when we visited an herbalist nearly fourteen years ago for some minor health problems mostly with our first daughter. Ravae Keener taught us a lot about food, and what we should and should not be eating. Over the years we continued to learn from many sources, most recently and fundamentally from Sally Fallon and Nourishing Traditions.
Elizabeth: Can you talk a little about what kinds of nourishing foods are available at your store?Phillip and Mistee: We offer: organic produce, grass-fed meats, non-homogenized milk, non-GMO cheese, raw cheese, coconut products, healthy fats, better snacks and "sodas", bulk grains and beans, herbs and spices, supplements, and more (approximately 1,000 items in the inventory).Elizabeth: How can we come shop at your store?Phillip and Mistee: Our physical store is located at 5539 Butterbridge Road, Canal Fulton, Ohio. We are located 500' east of the Ohio Erie Towpath on the north side of Butterbridge. Our store is a quaint old barn converted into a store with rough hewn timbers and a lofted ceiling. Our delivery route runs throughout the counties listed below and will consider more. All you need to do is visit http://www.wholesomeacresmarkets.com/ and join as a member ($35 per year). From there you can place an order from the items listed in our “store.” We deliver weekly on Fridays.Here are the counties where Wholesome Acres Markets currently delivers in Northeast Ohio:Medina County, Lorain County, Cuyahoga County, Summit County, Stark County, Holmes County, Wayne County, Knox County, Tuscarawas County, Portage County, Ashland CountyElizabeth: How does shopping with you work if we live outside the local delivery area?Phillip and Mistee: Shipping has been minimal to date, but this is something we desire to do more of. We will ship out UPS or Fed Ex and simply add the cost of the shipping to the bill. If shipping customers increase, we will add it to the website as an option with the shipping calculator available.
In addition to their store, Phillip and Mistee also participate in events that bring local farmers and consumers together. They offer periodic vendor’s fairs where customers can come to the store and meet the suppliers of their local foods, sample products from the store, listen to educational speakers and have some family fun! During the warmer months, you can also find ice cream socials with local musicians at Wholesome Acres Markets.
Phillip and Mistee generously offered me a sample of delectable baby swiss from Wholesome Acres Markets, and they have an even more exciting offer for my readers:
1. For the first ten people living in our area who are interested in home delivery to respond via email to email@example.com (or "contact" on the web site), I'll give $10.00 off your first year's membership fee for home delivery.
This is a great offer, and I encourage anyone who's interested to try it out! If you are interested in learning more about Wholesome Acres Markets, you can simply visit http://www.wholesomeacresmarkets.com/.