I'm sure a lot of you are already aware of this, but I thought I would give it a plug since I've had such good experiences with this store. The Local D'lish located at 208 N 1st Street in Minneapolis is a local/boutique grocery store that is local minded. The owner, Anne, has visited a lot of the places that she sources her products from. The store is really an amazing place for foodies. While the selection is not spectacular, it does offer a good variety of products at reasonable prices. All the dairy products from Castle Rock are delivered on Wednesday, the other fresh products are on a similar schedules, weekly deliveries in small quantities.
Since the Mill City Market closed a few weeks ago for Winter, D'lish has started their Winter Market. The first was yesterday, Saturday, November 7th. A handful of vendors set up in the store from 10-2, about a dozen were there yesterday. The store is small, so I would imagine this is about the number one should anticipate throughout the Winter. I forget the names of all the vendors, but from what I remember:
-Mr. Matt Oxford of Wild Run Salmon was there selling Sockeye Salmon with his son (I presume)
-Salsa Lady was selling 4 or 5 types of salsas
-a bakery selling fresh bread
-another table was set up with smoked Trout and I think smoked Salmon also
-some nice looking people with a table full of honey
-Sweets Bakeshop (I think...the very cute girl at the table made me way too shy to investigate lol) was selling cupcakes and other cupcake-like things
There were a few more, but my memory is failing me. In any case, the twenty or so minutes I spent there were pretty lively, lots of people coming in and out and some live music (blocking my return of the reusable milk bottles that Castle Rock uses).
All of D'lish's regular selection was available as well. Some highlights include local ice cream, pastas, various frozen meats, local produce, milk, eggs, fresh chicken (whole birds, thighs, wings, and breasts, all skin-on/bone-in), jams and jellys, soup things, salsas, various oils and other pantry type items (with interesting varieties).
I'd like to note that I am in no way affiliated with this store, simply an occasional customer that appreciates how I'm treated while I am there and would like to see the store stick around through this brutal economy. As a 23 year old guy, going into a store like D'lish alone can be incredibly awkward, so it is very relieving when Anne makes a point of saying hello to me in the first couple minutes I am there, even though I've only met her once before.
Her website is http://localdlish.com/ but it still needs a lot of work. I think she updates Facebook and Twitter on a more regular basis. The dates for the upcoming Winter Markets are:
December 5th and 19th
208 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
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