Green Grocer

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Disappointed with the lack of grocery options in her neighborhood, West Town residents Cassie Green and Gary Stephens took the matter into their own hands and opened Green Grocer in January 2008. Now folks in the neighborhood don't have to drive 2 miles to Whole Foods to pick out sustainable, locally made and organic groceries; Green and Stephens have assembled their favorites in this small Grand Avenue storefront. On the shelves, you'll find a well-edited selection of Midwest-produced and organic foods--and some items that fall into both categories, when possible. Some favorites: freshly prepared sandwiches from Greg Christian Catering, goodies from Bleeding Heart Bakery, dairy from Indiana-based Trader's Point Creamery, organic soda from Northfield-based Zota and a selection of locally brewed beers and locally distilled spirits. You may recognize some of the goodies here from local farmer's markets, such as sauces and salsas from Tomato Mountain Farms. Besides the edibles, you'll also find a few books that echo the store's environmental sentiment.