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Backyard Beans Coffee Company started with husband-and-wife team Laura and Matt Adams roasting small batches of coffee beans in their backyard. Today, Backyard Beans is a flourishing business with a coffee shop and commercial production facility on Main Street in Lansdale, Montgomery County.

In the not-so-distant past, most U.S.-made cheese came from factories in the Midwest. Now Southeastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding area has exploded, with a plethora of creameries coming into existence in just the last 10 years, and you can find almost any style of cheese being made within 100 miles of here. One of the newcomers is Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse Creamery.

With agriculture dominated by mega-producers, it’s reassuring to find a favorite product packaged and distributed by a local family business. One example: Fruitwood Orchards in South Jersey, which provides honey, both bottled and bulk, to Weavers Way.

Breaking into the booming specialty food area isn’t easy, and it takes much more than having something good to eat. “First, we came up with a great name,” said Kristen McManus, one of the co-founders of Brine Street Picklery. “And we knew with the red color on our labels inspired by our Thai chilis, combined with the hand-done type of our name, our product would really stand out.”

About a dozen years ago, Mauricio Mendez’s grandmother began making guacamole and selling it at farmers markets in South Florida. Mauricio helped out, learned his grandmother’s recipe, and developed his own mango salsa and pico de gallo. After Di Bruno’s became the first large specialty store in the Philadelphia area to stock Anita’s, other stores took note. One of those was Weavers Way Co-op.

Tyler Case and his fellow "myco-geeks" know a lot about mushrooms, and they're eager to share their knowledge — and the delicious funguses they grow.

Among the unique staples of our Mount Airy store is the Kombucha Kegerator, a tap upstairs in the Bulk Department where shoppers can fill their bottles with an ever-rotating selection of the finest fermented flavors Philadelphia has to offer. Our draft kombucha comes courtesy of Inspired Brews and Food and Ferments, two small businesses dedicated to perfecting the art of fermentation.

Merrymead Farm provides milk, cream, buttermilk, even chocolate milk to Weavers Way. But to get their ice cream, you'll have to go to the farm store near Lansdale.

That very spicy stuff Ted Ebert and Tom Hewell want you to sprinkle on your potatoes, and pizza and well, anything, began as a hobby when they were roommates in Manayunk.

Here at Weavers Way, we are truly lucky to be within two hours of some of the most fertile farmland in the country  — which gives us access to some great local creameries, and the fabulous cheeses they produce.

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