Organic food festival on tap at new Local Grocer store
Rosalie and Roy Crowe, owners of the recently opened Local Grocer at 14800 S.E. Powell Blvd., will host "Taste of Local Grocer," a pop-up outdoor food festival in the parking lot of Small Mall, the complex where the store is located, from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
The event will feature food from Local Grocers' suppliers, friends and partners including Nature's Old-Time Meats; Creole Cravings, specializing in Haitian home cooking; and Healing Earth, offering vegan culinary options.
The Crowes, who moved from Corvallis to a neighborhood near the store in 2017, took over the former Pakse Market Asian grocer in July with the goal of providing locally produced food and household products while reducing their and their customers' carbon footprint.
"We have a goal of being the first zero-emission grocery store," Rosalie Crowe said of their direct farm-to-store mission. "Eventually we hope to do grocery delivery on bike."
In addition to fresh organic produce, much of it sourced from Zenger Farms on Foster Road, Local Grocer offers canned food, pasta, spices, beans, coffee, juices and ready-to-eat sandwiches. Many items are vegan and gluten free.
"People have been commenting that we have a really good selection," Rosalie said, noting that they've kept many of the more popular items from Pakse Market. "We're keeping a lot of Asian stuff ... tai basil, tai chili, peppers, lemongrass. It's kind of a unique blend."
The Crowes are clearing space by the windows to accommodate a small cafe for customers to enjoy coffee, tea and pastries.
Local Grocer is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.