Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Merrill grocery shopping treasures

As I'm going to be a resident of Merrill for some time, I am continuing on a never-ending quest to find places in Merrill and the surrounding areas that are a little more... um, a little less... well, just not so bloody MERRILL. I've had some small triumphs already; see my previous post about the Back When Cafe in Wausau. Also, at Dave's County Market I've found they sell locally grown organic shallots and garlic, by D&D's Sweet Earth Organically Grown Produce, of Merrill, WI. The fact that I found shallots at all around here made me ultra happy, and the fact that they are organically grown and local makes me ecstatic. The label is handwritten, and either copied on a copy machine or printed with a home inkjet. Either way its great. Not a bar code to be seen on this sucker. They don't have a website, but you can find their contact information at D & D's Sweet Earth Organic Produce (and let them know I sent you... and that I can design 'em a website, lol)

Now, when it comes to organic in Merrill, there's really one place that comes to mind: The Mustard Seed. This little corner store on First street has been around.. well, as long as I can remember, and is THE place in Merrill to get all your alternative health foods, medicines, and groceries. They've got excellent bulk spices (many that the supermarkets around here don't stock; their Garam Masala is great), lots of other bulk staples (grains, legumes, etc), raw sugar and sugar alternatives, a gluten-free section, an assortment of herbal supplements, and assorted green cleaning products, including my personal favorite, good ol' Dr. Bronner's soap.

How a store this... well, frankly HIPPIE has managed to make it (and apparently do well!) in Merrill is beyond me, but I'm really glad they have. And it doesn't hurt that I'm about a one minute walk away from them!

Now if we can only get places to be open on Saturdays.. especially after 5...

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