Finding fresh, local, and organic food in the Roanoke, Virginia, region isn’t too hard–and that’s one of the reasons why I’m so glad to call this place home!  Below are links to some of the places that I prefer to support when making decisions about what to eat.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to email them to me at thecupcakepunk [at] gmail [dot] com.

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op
I tend to buy my nondairy milk, vegan margarine, bulk dry goods, and specialty flours here. You can also find all organic produce–some local, look for the tag saying “locally grown”!–wine, beer (all organic, also some local), and organic, free range dairy, eggs, and meat. If you decide to shop here often, go ahead and become a member in order to save money and support your local stores!

Green’s Garage
Located just outside Floyd, Virginia, this small, community-owned food co-op features almost 100% locally grown produce, eggs, meat, honey, and dairy. They also sell my favorite ice cream in the world, Cashew Creamery’s, which is local to Floyd and impossible to find down here. Green’s is operated by Good Food, Good People and runs on the honor system. You make your own receipts, add up the tax, and leave the correct amount in cash or check. If you decide to visit and support it, PLEASE honor their system. Green’s is meant for friends and neighbors in Floyd, but if you’re driving through the area, they certainly don’t mind you shopping there. But follow the system, write up the receipts, and leave the correct change. This is one of the few places in the US that operates this way–by honor–and I would hate to see it misused.

Directions: From Roanoke, take 221 South. About six miles miles before you get to the town of Floyd, turn right onto Roger Road, which is immediately past Ingram’s Marathon gas station. Drive exactly one mile — it feels longer on the gravel road — and you’ll see it on the left. Open year-round every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information or to place special orders, call 745-3182.

Local Farmers/Farmers Markets

This list of local farmers and producers was compiled by Roanoke’s own Citygrown Produce blog. I’m impressed with the compilation and if you’re looking for produce during the winter and willing to drive, I’d recommend contacting some of these folk to see what they have around. Even after farmers markets close, there’s still food being grown!

Grandin Village Farmers Market
This is the farmers market that I frequent and love. Not only have I met and become friends with the wonderful farmers and producers who sell their vegetables, meat, eggs, and baked goods there, but I have been privy to some of the most wonderful raw material to work with in my kitchen. The market is open from May 1-October 31 (every Saturday morning from 8-noon), and while it’s closed now in November, be sure to check it out come May!

The Roanoke City Market
Open year round, seven days a week, the Roanoke City Market offers produce, eggs, meat, and other goods in downtown Roanoke. I personally haven’t visited the market, but I’m sure there are farmers with produce and other items you might need for Thanksgiving.

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