"Why is our meat so special? Because it's really grass fed," said Eric Smucker, owner of Smucker Farms of Lancaster County, a market that just opened in Washington D.C. When Smucker says grass fed, he means grass fed. No corn or grass finishing. Their meat, along with the other offerings, have the quality and authenticity synonymous with Lancaster County of Pennsylvania.
Smucker Farms stocks handpicked products from small, primarily Amish and Mennonite, producers from southern Pennsylvania, as well as some producers in New York and Philadelphia. The minimal but intimate space's metal wire shelves are stocked with artisanal snacks, canned goods, drinks, soaps, and even handmade toys. Walking through the store is more like visiting a friend's pantry—if your friend were more of an incredibly well stocked locavore chef—than going grocery shopping.
Smucker is committed to supporting his community. The market supplies products to D.C. restaurants, offers a CSA program, and contributes regular donations to their neighbor, Martha's Table, a community development program that offers family support services.
"D.C. needs Lancaster food." And beyond food, Smucker is bringing the Lancaster County spirit of engagement and mutual support, something that we can always do with more of inside the beltway.
Smucker Farms of Lancaster County
About the author: Brian Oh is a Washington, DC based international development professional, food lover, and photographer. In his free time, you can usually find him chasing down a good burger or slice. Follow him on Twitter @brianoh11