Shop Local with the Locals at City Feed
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Centre Street in Jamaica Plain a red, white and blue shop holds court on the corner of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue called City Feed and Supply. City Feed is a hybrid grocery store, breakfast/lunch counter and café. The Jamaica Plain staple is a not only an incredible local resource, but also a sponsor of this year’s Boston Local Food Festival.
City Feed has been a member of the Sustainable Business Network for many years, prioritizing the local food economy and making it a pillar of their business. From the very early stages of development of the Boston Local Food Festival, City Feed was there.
In addition to supporting the festival, each day City Feed practices what they preach. Store managers look for every possible avenue to stock the shelves with local food options. They visit famer’s markets, visit other shops to see what they’re liking and of course, host interested vendors in the store. David Warner of City Feed says, “We strive to provide a local option in every single category you might shop for – dairy, produce, beverages – we have a mix of national and local brands, but we always try to have local options. We let our customers decide what they’d like to support.”
What about the made-to-order items, you ask? David shares, “If you order coffee, tea, breakfast or lunch from our counter we try to use as many local ingredients as we can and what’s in season.” He continued, “For example, our salami is from a Rhode Island company, our pickled green tomatoes are prepared and jarred in Rhode Island (by Harvest Kitchen, which is part of Farm Fresh Rhode Island), we stock Iggy’s bread, New England cheddar cheese and even our mustards is local! It comes from a company in Maine.”
City Feed not only supports local food, but also local beer and wine. The first Thursday of the month the store hosts wine and beer tastings with live music and snacks. Every other month they host a “Battle of the Beers” where local craft brewers come in with samples, customers taste and then City Feed discounts the beer customers choose are their overall favorite. Cheers to that!
In addition to their own events, City Feed also serves as a drop off location for several local CSAs. David explains, “We like facilitating CSAs for the community, we like being that reliable source for people. Building a relationship with locals is a top priority for us.” In fact, City Feed has nearly 50 employees at their Jamaica Plain stores and only 6 live outside of JP!
Want a taste of City Feed for yourself? Be sure to visit their booth at the festival where they will be showcasing the best products from local vendors that are sold in their stores. You can visit either store location in person at: 672 Centre Street or 66a Boylston Street, both in Jamaica Plain.
This Post was written by Molly Galler of Pop Bop Shop, go check her out!