I am becoming convinced that I am the only poor chowhound that is stuck here in the "sticks" (Rocky Mount, NC), but I am going to keep reporting in, just in case.
I would like to tell you about Driver's Store. If you recall, I had begged this board for help with local meat sources. Well, yesterday, I felt socially correct, so I decided to pop into Driver's on my way to work for my Vanilla Coke (let's not touch this one - only on a really bad day could I decide that Vanilla Coke is socially responsible regardless of where I bought it), instead of the L&L next door. (L&L is a chain convenience store.)
Picked up the drink, then saw an interesting low case at the back of the store... Lo and behold - meat! I don't know where it is from (maybe I should ask ), but it is definitely more local than that offered at Walmart. A bewildering assortment of pork products, most of which I will probably never try (c-loaf? Tom's thumb? I am afraid to ask), but some smoked sausage links that proved to be delicious for dinner last night. Also fresh cased sausage, and some more heavily spiced loose sausage. I also found *normal chicken*. The breasts were not from some mutant chicken-from-outer-space with a chest bigger than mine, but the normal about-3 oz.-of-meat-on-each-half that I remember from 10 or 15 years ago. Also turkey parts and some beef. All of this was at quite reasonable prices. Not comparable to supermarket sales, but in many cases better that supermarket regular prices. Let's just say, if I can afford it ...
They also had some produce offerings, most local, and some dried local pintos that I will try (I can't get those from "my" farm stand), but where did the bananas come from?? The dry goods (except for a large selection of seeds for farmers) were actually disappointing. All national brands instead of the local ones I know are available. They don't sell Stewart's soda, either. This will probably not replace my regular grocery store, but I will be buying all my meat here, at least until I find an even fresher source. And given the choice between Driver's & L&L for my soda cravings, I will pick Driver's every time. There - that should satisfy my social duty for today.
Oh, by the way, they offer gasoline too, full service, untainted by a corporate name, and at the same price as the L&L next door (which is an Exxon dealer).