Bellevue is currently one of Richmond’s hottest neighborhoods. In this family friendly neighborhood, you’ll find a cluster of shops and restaurants within walking distance, including Little House Green Grocery — a neighborhood grocer stocked with fresh produce, local products and carefully curated speciality items.
Little House Green Grocery was opened in 2012 by Erin Wright. And like many of the Richmonders we’ve talked to since we’ve started Let’s Share a Dish, Wright did not start her career in the food industry — she spent time as a teacher, school administrator and as a volunteer coordinator and horticulturist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens before opening her store. While living in California, Wright learned a lot about the beauty of fresh food, and was inspired to open Little House Green Grocery. “I just didn’t see why we couldn’t have the same food focused culture here,” Wright explains. Her vision for the shop is a place where you can find fresh vegetables, humanely raised meats and everyday staples that you can feel good about feeding your family. And while the shop attracts all walks of life, her goal is that she’s helping people enjoy a meal together. “Great things happen around the dinner table,” said Wright.
When you walk into the store, you’ll find everything from grab and go vegan sandwiches, organic granola, small batch caramels and even vietnamese iced coffee. The carefully selected offerings bolster the fact that Wright likes to describe her store as a small business incubator of sorts — a space where small businesses can perfect their production process before trying to go big. And what does Wright think will be the next big food trend? Drinking vinegars and fermented foods are two strong possibilities. Isn’t it crazy how what’s old always becomes new again?
And speaking of new, starting in June, look for Little House Green Grocery to begin offering a meal kit program, similar to Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. For about $20, you’ll be able to pick up everything you’ll need to make dinner for two.
Similar to our last Richmond Market post, we asked Wright to help us pull a few items that you should look out for on your next (or perhaps first) visit to Little House Green Grocery.
Five under $50 at Little House Green Grocery
- Raising Green Kids Napkins, $14.00 – These reusable napkins can be thrown in the washing machine after each use, and are a great alternative to paper napkins and fun prints, perfect for a child’s lunchbox.
- Fleur de sel caramels from la vache microcreamery in Charlottesville, $4.00 for a four pack – Yes, just yes, Erin you are speaking this sweet tooth’s language. These creamy soft caramels are incredible. Bonus they’re a great treat for all of your gluten free friends!
- Farmstead Ferments Immune Tonic Kraut, $11.95 – Okay, we’re back on the healthy train. This kruat contains Cabbage, kale, onion, kombucha, garlic, shiitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, nettle, astragalus root, ginger, lemon balm, lemongrass, Celtic Sea Salt. And this could be the perfect cure to that spring sickness floating around your office.
- Little House Green Grocery Pancake Mix, $4.00 – According to Wright, this house-made mix makes the “fluffiest pancakes.” She suggests adding chocolate chips or fresh blueberries if you want to kick it up a notch. Sidenote: these jars have a $1 deposit so bring them back to the shop once you’re done. It’s good for the environment and your wallet.
- Potter’s Craft Cider, Grapefruit Hibiscus, $8.95 – This adult beverage is perfect for the 90 degree weather we’re FINALLY expecting on Thursday. This cider is made with grapefruit peels, grapefruit essential oil and hibiscus petals soaked in apple brandy. I cannot wait to try it!
Five for $50 total: $42.90 + tax
What’s for dinner?!
By Wednesday afternoon, it takes all of my willpower to not pick up takeout every night for the rest of the week. When I asked Wright to pull together a few items you can use to pull together a quick and delicious meal, she knew the way to my heart — pizza!
- Asparagus, $6.25 per pound – Just grab a handful, you don’t need a whole pound for your pizza. And because there is a green vegetable, we can pretend this is a healthy option now right?
- Garlic clove, $1 per clove – Quickly roast the garlic, before topping your pizza with it. I promise it is easy and will add so much flavor.
- Fontina cheese, $5.50 – Use those arm muscles and freshly shred your cheese.
- Idle Hands pizza dough, $4.50 – And finally, the pièce de résistance, pizza dough from an awesome local bakery. Warning, this is not a thin crust pizza dough. Little House Green Grocery sells the dough in its frozen section, but if you’re lucky you’ll find a nice defrosted container perfect for your weeknight dinner.
Make a trip out to Little House Green Grocery or visit the next time you’re on the Northside. You’ll find everything you need to make a meal that you can feel good about serving you or your family. Do you have a favorite local market you think we should check out? Let us know in the comments below!