Food News


Local Bits and Pieces from the Industry

A Grassroots Effort Paid Off
Construction is finally underway on Grassroots Local Market, a community-owned natural foods store located on Main Street. The effort to recruit stakeholders launched in September 2012, and the project gained a lot of momentum within the past couple of years. After overcoming some loan hurdles, the store is expected to open for business by mid-summer! Find more updates on their Facebook page.

Free Fruit
Hangry kids in the grocery store? Kroger Mid-Atlantic has the solution—and it’s a healthy one! Cruise through the produce department when you arrive and you’ll find a child-size display of fruit. Children under the age of 12 are encouraged to pick out a piece for themselves. The goal is to make the shopping experience a little bit more pleasant for parents and reinforce healthy eating habits.

Sunday Supper Club
Who doesn’t love a good dinner party? Lynchburg’s new vegan restaurant, Urbavore, is now hosting an intimate Supper Club the last Sunday of each month at their restaurant on Church Street. By intimate we mean only 12 seats available. Tickets are up for sale two weeks before the event so you’ll have to act fast! Keep an eye on their website,, to register.

All Aboard the Veggie Van
Lynchburg Grows’ produce stand on wheels is back for the 2018 season—and they would love your help! According to a USDA study, over a quarter of Lynchburg residents live in what’s described as a food desert and don’t have easy access to healthy foods. The Veggie Van visits different drop-off points in the city that have the most need for fresh produce. To be a volunteer driver or passenger, visit

Beale’s Branches Out
The tasty brew made by Beale’s Brewery in Bedford is no longer just a local favorite. Beale’s began distributing in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Bedford in the fall of 2017. This past March, the brewery expanded its distribution even further to the Richmond area. Beale’s touts “approachable” beers that are low-ABV—from the popular Gold (their version of a Munich Helles lager) to Silver, Red, Black and Brown varieties.


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