Friday, November 19, 2010

Milk and Honey

One of my favorite things to do when I visit a new country is to check out the grocery stores.  While we don't have any large grocery stores in downtown Salem, we are very fortunate to have a new store called Milk and Honey, which is located only a few short blocks from the Hawthorne Hotel, right next door to a lovely wine shop called Salem Wine Imports.

Milk and Honey bills itself as a "Green Grocer" but it is much more than that to me.  They have an outstanding selection of imported and local artisan's cheeses and other dairy products, carry some locally raised meats and poultry, sell grains, nuts, beans, and legumes in whatever quantity one needs, and sell dried herbs and spices by the ounce.

They also carry some locally baked cookies, bars and other pastries, and bread, crackers and the like.  There really is something for everyone.

This is a great way to take home a bit of the North Shore's produce, or to gather together the fixings for an impromptu picnic to eat on the plane or train on the way home.  Much, much better than the stuff one will find at the airport, or even worse, what you might be offered on the airplane or train.

If you enjoy being able to know more about where your food comes from, if you like supporting local agriculture, and if you just enjoy a less-hurried way of life, Milk and Honey is a place you should not miss.

I hope to see you here, or there!


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