The Natural Grocer
Since 1997, The Natural Grocer has been supplying health-oriented shoppers with fresh organic produce, bulk dry goods, natural body products, pet goodies and more. They also offer fresh baked goods and a generous selection of prepared foods, including several vegan and vegetarian options, like broccoli, cashew, red cabbage slaw, and BBQ tofu.
334 High St., Newburyport, 978-463-8713, thenaturalgrocer.net
Readers’ Choice (TIE)
At her farm in Beverly, Beverly Bees, biologist Anita Deeley, a former state bee inspector, sells 20-plus kinds of micro-batch wildflower honeys from 100-plus area hives, along with beeswax candles and body products. This summer Deeley will open a Beverly Bees shop in downtown Salem’s Derby Square filled with her bee-related goods, along with a demonstration candle-making area and glassed-in live bee exhibit.
26 Juniper St., Beverly, 978-778-8276, beverlybees.com
Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen
After years of working for local farms crafting baked goods from the bounty of their harvests, Carolyn Grieco founded Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen in order to sell her line of dry baking mixes, such as the wildly popular baked Cider Donut Baking Mix. They’re available online, along with her granola and small-batch fruit jams, jellies, and preserves, as well as at local farmers’ markets (mainly Haverhill) and area farms and food shops.
Haverhill, 978-994-1692, carolynsfarmkitchen.com