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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.

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.

Since September 2012, Mt. Airy folks have been enjoying fresh juices and smoothies from the Juice Room on Germantown Ave.

Wholesome Dairy Farms near Douglassville, PA, produces all its whole raw milk, yogurt and kefir from its herd of 45 grass-fed cows.

While it may only be a year and a half since we started carrying Philly Bread at the Co-op, many of us can hardly remember the bakery shelves without it.

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