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Greenest Way to Grocery Shop 

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Scott Elmquist

Harvest Grocery and Supply bills itself as a modern neighborhood market and general store. Sporting a vibe that's part sleek and part rustic, greens from Manakintowne Growers greet customers at the front door. Carytown teas and coffee from Blanchard's, Lamplighter and Black Hand face off across the aisle from lasagna and ravioli from Bombolini Pasta. Meat comes off the local train from Polyface, Sausagecraft, Olli and from the husband and wife at McLellan's, who also supply eggs. Cheese is freshly delivered from Sullivan's Pond farm, in a variety of Bonnyclabber goat cheeses including the tempting Tidewater, brightened with Old Bay, garlic and parsley and tasting of summer on the river.

"While you could certainly do five days worth of grocery shopping here, we hope people stop in a few times a week to pick up fresh ingredients, a treat, and maybe a bottle of wine," says founder Hunter Hopcroft, adding that local farm eggs and milk are the best sellers. 

Need more incentive? Beer tastings and periodic workshops on local interests such as urban chicken farming provide entry points for newbies.

"As a small grocer you are a part of people's lives and how they feed their families, so there's a responsibility to stock fresh, healthy, and above all, tasty food," Hopcroft says. Not to mention a tasty local Bloody Mary mix from Pickled Silly, which he says "doesn't stay on the shelf for long on the weekend."

1531 W. Main St., 257-4300, harvestrva.com.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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