Our local foods grocery is community driven and supported! It is part of a larger non-profit, called the Potomac Highlands Food and Farm Initiative (PHFFI), which began in January 2013 with the mission to increase access to quality food and farm products, support small scale farmers and promote healthy lifestyles.
We, at the Highland Market wish for people to have access to goods that will assist them in eating well. We survey residents to hear what they wish was available in our community and try our best to find those items as close to home as possible. Our goal is to assist small farmers and food entrepreneurs in building viable businesses. Currently (1/19), we source from over 87 food businesses and 41% of them are within 30 miles of Davis; and 81% are within 150 miles.
Additionally, we believe that everyone should have access to quality food therefore we add only a 30-35% profit margin on ingredients. Compare this to 82% that your average grocery takes of each dollar. All our prices are based on the purchasing price from the producers which is why one item could vary in price from producer to producer; ie we currently have ground beef from two farmers. one is priced at 6.99/# and the other is 7.50/#. We also accept EBT/Snap benefits.
We carry full-diet ingredients: seasonal produce, a regular supply of pastured eggs and meats (beef, lamb, pork, chicken, venison, elk and trout), wild-caught seafood, dairy and goat cheese, fresh-baked breads, flours & grains, maple syrup & honey, prepared foods and so much more. We are open 7 days a week: Monday-Saturday, 9-6 and Sundays 11-4.
Prior to the creation of the grocery in October 2013, we hit the pavement to strengthen our farming community. Small vegetable gardens were implemented in our local elementary-middle schools, a community garden was constructed in Thomas, promotion of the Taste of Tucker Farmers Market resulted in substantial increase in customer & vendor involvement, a consumer-farmer network began to strengthen, Community Farm Days were organized and Food & Farm Workshops were launched in September 2013. These workshops are offered bi-monthly and are focused on cooking, farming, food preservation and nutrition; ranging from 2hr-whole day in the Tucker County region. We seek enthusiastic folks from our own community to teach these workshops to help empower each other and build community.
Please visit our website and contact us to join our mailing list to get or stay involved.
We accept SNAP Benefits! Local checks and cash happily accepted and credit cards accepted; preferably for totals $15 and over.
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Every community needs a store like this. Good job y'all.