If you live anywhere near Vintage Grocers in Malibu, CA, you’ll want to check it out for sure — and if you live really close, you’ll want to become a regular! It’s an excellent example of why we should all shop locally if we can. A review of Vintage Grocers . . .
A few weeks ago I was invited to tour a wonderful market in Malibu, CA — Vintage Grocers. What a treat the tour turned out to be. Not only did I love with Vintage Grocers, but I became even more sure we should all be shopping locally when we can.
Review of Vintage Grocers
Vintage Grocers is a special place that’s about community and food. We were greeted by the market’s Director, Eric Fuchser, and Mary Carbonniere, the Community Relations Manager. Both were delightful and are clearly very passionate about the store, and it’s quite evident that their positive attitude has trickled down to every one of their employees. All are eager to help explain products, show folks around, and just be friendly.
Eric explained that Vintage Grocers doesn’t charge a “slotting fee.” This provides opportunities for many small, artisanal producers to get on the shelves without paying a fee. One example is the Malibu Olive Company — we tasted their extra virgin olive on a lovely chunk of rustic bread. It was so delicious!
Other producers include, Malibu Mary (a unique bloody mary mix) and Malibu Honey (the most luscious, spreadable deliciousness ever) and gorgeous produce – picked usually the same morning as it’s delivered – from Thorne Family Farm and One Gun Ranch.
The market carries dozens of other products from in and around Los Angeles — Kombucha from Boochcraft, Chicas Corn Chips (which I could not stop eating!) from Arboleda Food Products, ciders from 101 Cider House (a super cool label, by the way), and gorgeous salts from Hepp’s Salt Co. And that’s only a few!
While at least 75% of the products at Vintage Grocers are organic and cater to special diets like gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and so on, the store does not alienate other shoppers. It offers a nice selection of more mainstream items as well.
top left: Mary Carbonniere, and top right: Armando Vasquez
We were lucky enough to get behind the meat counter with Armando Vasques who led us through a hands-on sausage making lesson. Armando told us they often change up the selection of homemade sausages, depending on feedback from their customers. We made the super popular Zuma sausages, using organic chicken and a handful of fresh and pantry items directly from the store’s shelves.
They were fantastic!
Throughout our tour, Mary said hello to countless regulars all of whom knew her name — and she knew theirs! This is exactly what this store is all about. Community! Oh, and they all love to celebrate good food. It’s special, indeed. And you can’t beat the setting — Vintage Grocers is centered in a beautiful, peaceful shopping center across the street form the ocean!
So even if you’re not doing a big shopping, it’s a truly lovely spot to stop if you’re driving up or down the coast — grab an espresso from the coffee bar, a freshly squeezed juice, or a draft Kombucha, with a scrumptious homemade pastry from the bakery, and take a break. 🙂
I realize for my of my readers, this store might not be a possibility, but wherever you live, I bet you can find somewhere to buy local products. Please go here to check out the Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally!
And if you’re into all of the awesome produce at a store like this, you’ll surely like my post about Grilled Strawberry Kebabs and the Farmers Market.
I hope you enjoyed my review of Vintage Grocers. 🙂
Vintage Grocers is located at 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265.
This is not a sponsored post, I was given a lovely tour of the market and felt inspired enough to write about it.