- Why shop at the Doylestown Food Market?
- Why eat locally grown foods?
- How does the Doylestown Food Market benefit local farmers?
- What kinds of products can I find at the Doylestown Food Market?
- Does the Doylestown Food Market provide foods to meet special dietary requirements?
- What happens when the growing season is over?
- Exactly how local is “local?” What if local supply is inadequate for demand?
Why shop at the Doylestown Food Market?
As mentioned on our Products page, we focus on carrying foods that are locally produced, organic, genetically engineering free, low environmental impact, fresh, and fair trade. We’ve selected products without artificial preservatives, flavors and ingredients; and free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats. When you shop at the Doylestown Food Market, you don’t need to read labels. You can be confident that everything you buy is healthy. We may not have the variety of products that are in a typical supermarket, but more isn’t necessarily better. We offer the convenience of being able to get in and out quickly with the healthy foods you need for your family, and our knowledgeable staff is available to assist you.
Why eat locally grown foods?
Eating locally grown foods has many benefits. Supporting our local farmers helps keep these farmers in business and more land in agricultural production. It also keeps resources in our local economy. Transportation costs and the carbon footprint are much less for local produce as compared to produce from Florida, California, Mexico and South America. Most importantly, local produce is fresh with higher nutrient value. You also have the opportunity to know your local farmers and how they raise their crops or livestock.
How does the Doylestown Food Market benefit local farmers?
For our local farming community, the market provides a stable, reliable, and convenient means of distribution of their products. We all know that farming is hard work. But when farmers are also taxed with marketing, distribution, and sales work (which also coincides with the labor demands of the growing season), farming can be downright daunting! Our market eases some of these demands for our farmers and food producers, allowing them to spend more time raising high-quality and ethically produced food and less time trying to get it to our tables.
What kinds of products can I find at the Doylestown Food Market?
Our market stocks a wide variety of high quality, seasonal, and locally produced foods. We are so fortunate to live in an area with dozens of local farms and businesses that produce everything from traditional and heirloom fruits and vegetables to pastured meats (beef, pork, duck, chicken, turkey and lamb) and eggs, fresh milk and aged cheeses, freshly roasted fair-trade organic coffee, bread and other baked goods, soap, flowers, and more! In addition to these local products, the market provides customers with access to bulk foods, such as grains and flours, nuts and dried fruits, cereals and pasta. We also stock natural and organic packaged foods and health and beauty products.
Does the Doylestown Food Market provide foods to meet special dietary requirements?
Yes, we carry many foods for those who are vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free or lactose intolerant. We offer delicious products for those on special diets that you won’t normally find in most grocery stores. Our staff is trained to support you to find items for your special dietary needs. If there is a product that you would like us to carry or special order, please feel free to ask.
What happens when the growing season is over?
Because the focus of our store is on locally produced foods, our access to fresh fruits and vegetables is naturally limited over the winter. Fortunately, a number of our farms continue to produce or else store their harvest over the winter. The market has access to fresh greens as well as storage crops, such as apples and potatoes. Meat and dairy items, eggs, and canned products are also available over the winter. In addition, the market stocks bulk and dry goods, and we contract with growers outside of our region to supply our customers with natural or organic produce throughout the winter months.
Exactly how local is “local?” What if local supply is inadequate for demand?
The primary goal of the market is to provide a convenient means for our customers to access the products produced within approximately 100 miles of Doylestown. Therefore, we will always look as close to home as possible to supply our customers with the products they want. Customers will always have input about the products the market supplies, and there may be times we have to look outside our preferred 100-mile radius to meet customer demand. However, because the mission of the store is to provide convenient access to locally produced foods, our preference will be to work with our local farms and producers to help them meet demand, rather than search elsewhere.