Since our May issue we’ve received some questions about our excitement over the opening of Whole Foods Hyannis. Friends have asked about how we can show support for a national chain store when one of our core messages is to shop local businesses and support local farmers.
Whole Foods is unlike many other national (and even some regional) chains, because they make a point to “carry over 50 specialty products made less than 100 miles” from the store, such as Four Seas Ice Cream, Cape Cod Organic Farm, Pain D’Avignon, Kayak Cookiesand Beanstock Coffee. These and other local producers are prominently displayed in the store, showing customers how important it is to consume locally produced food. In this way, Whole Foods also offers local producers and growers an opportunity to present their product on a larger scale than most have ever seen, and they are circulating more dollars in the local economy than any other large grocery store on the Cape.
Of course, there are many other locally owned businesses from which to purchase these products and we view Whole Foods as complement to, not a replacement for, these options. There are small natural food markets in many towns on Cape Cod like Amber Waves in Falmouth, Cape Cod Natural Foods in Centerville, the newly rebranded Organic Market located in Dennisport and Chatham (and soon Mashpee Commons), Orleans Whole Food Market and 141 Bradford Natural Food Market in Provincetown.
You can also check out the local Farmers’ Markets almost every day of the week, across the Cape from Falmouth and Mashpee to South Yarmouth and Orleans (the oldest market on the Cape) or simply pull over to a roadside farmstand to pick up some eggs or tomatoes.
If you are looking for local seafood, local markets are your best bet. Head to Cape Tip Seafood in Truro, which sources their seafood from over 50 local scallopers, lobstermen, and shellfishermen; or go to Cape Fish and Lobster in Hyannis or Mac’s Seafood in Wellfleet. You can also look into the Cape Cod Fish Share, where most of the fish is caught on day boats right out of Chatham Harbor.
LoveLiveLocal is, and always will be, committed to advocating for our local community and sustaining a strong local economy year round; we support all businesses that are aligned with our goal of promoting local creators and farmers – as we like to say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”