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Love local food? Support local grocers!

Sep 5, 2017 2:03:00 PM / by Local First

Locally owned and operated grocery stores increase access to locally produced food, support local food entrepreneurs, and keep your dollars circulating in our community. Supporting local grocers is one of the easiest ways to gain a voice in our food system. In West Michigan, we are fortunate to have many incredible grocery stores available to us. Not sure where to go? Check out one of the stores listed below!

Byron Center Meats

At Byron Center Meats, they are proud to be a third-generation, family-owned meat processing company.  For nearly 70 years, they have provided their customers with delicious, high-quality meats at an unbeatable value. They are blessed with a wide variety of customers: families who grocery shop in their retail store, restaurants and organizations that rely on them for delicious meat items for their menus, and farmers that trust them to custom process their animals for their customers. Their commitment to exceptional service can be seen in every sale. Learn more

Harvest Health Foods

Over 65 years ago, Harvest Health Foods began with a passion for bringing wholesome, nutritious foods to your neighborhood. Today that passion still holds true. Harvest Health is your go-to natural and organic foods store, providing you with a large selection of certified organic produce, bulk items, herbs and spices, gluten-free foods, dairy-free, nut-free and other allergen free foods, organic beer and wine, an array of local Michigan products, body care & supplements that meet our established product values. Learn more 

Health Hut

The Health Hutt opened for business in 1977! They sell high quality vitamins and supplements, many of which are whole food and organic. The Health Hutt also provides you with a large selection of certified organic produce, bulk items, herbs and spices, gluten-free foods, dairy-free, nut-free, and other allergen free foods. They also sell beauty products with natural and organic ingredients that are not tested on animals. Learn more

Horrocks Market

Horrocks Market opened in October 2002, the outgrowth of a family business begun by Jerry Horrocks over 50 years ago. From day one, they've strived to create a respectful, team-oriented environment where people love to work or shop every day. Their team gets stronger every year, and it shows — in the quality and care of their products, knowledge of what they sell, and their relationships with each other, their vendors, and customers. Horrocks’ commitment to excellent customer service often makes people who shop at their store feel more like family and friends than customers. Learn more

Russo’s International Market

For 112 years, Russo’s International Market has provided West Michigan with the largest selection of wine, beer, gourmet food and housewares. Today, the store has a 45 foot deli case with over 300 meats and cheeses from around the world, olives, fresh baked breads, oils, private label pastas and sauces, their own homemade Villa Russo frozen entrees and more. In 2017, G.B. Russo & Son celebrates their 112th anniversary as a (4th generation) family owned and operated market. Now called Russo’s International Market, the Russo family continues to serve West Michigan with the best selection of wines, cheese, groceries, and more! Learn more

Ken's Fruit Market

Beginning in 2010, Ken’s has strived to bring the best quality product at the best prices, all while providing the best service they can. At Ken's, you will find the freshest produce with local selections available in season. You will find the best cuts of meat prepared daily by their in-house butchers; not to mention the selection of groceries, candy, garden center products, and beer and wine. You might even see a familiar face or two around as well. So stop in to one of their three locations and see what Grand Rapid's newest locally owned farm market has to offer. Learn more

Kingma’s Market

Kingma’s is a locally owned market that has been serving the Grand Rapids community for 80 years. Offering unique, local products along with the essentials in a friendly, convenient shopping experience. Kingma’s carries 250+ bulk offerings, 300+ domestic and imported cheeses, all natural, local meats, 800+ domestic and imported wines from some of the best growing regions in the world, 500+ local craft and imported beers, and an extensive selection of Michigan made fresh produce, roasted coffee, syrups, honey, peanut butter, jams, pasta, sauces, ice creams, and dairy products. Learn more

Martha’s Vineyard

Established in 1981, Kameel Chamelly took a small stop and go shop in the heart of Heritage Hill and worked it to become a thriving neighborhood wine shop and deli. Today, Martha’s Vineyard is more than just fine wine, it is a hub for all things delicious! Shopping local groceries can be difficult, but at Martha’s, they make it easy! Check out their “Made in Michigan” section or try some of the goodies they make in house! Their growing selection of fresh produce is exquisite. They source locally when in season and offer the most vibrant and naturally produced fruits and vegetables around. Learn more

Supermercado Mexico

The family of Supermercado Mexico started back in 2006 with a small store call “La Tapatia.” The goal of this store was to offer a comfortable place for people to shop and to please all clients with impeccable service. In 2010, they purchased Supermercado Mexico on Chicago Drive with the same intentions of offering great service and shopping for their Hispanic products. They pride themselves on owning a grocery store that is attractive and gives customers a taste of home. Learn more

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