“Local produce is supposed to be better environmentally and economically, but at the end of the day, local products are a higher quality product; they just outright taste better.” It’s this dedication to local that drives Harvest Grocery + Supply owner Hunter Hopcroft.
Hopcroft, a Richmond native, said the store idea came to him on a trip to Los Angeles. He saw that a similar store was a cornerstone of a neighborhood that reminded him of the Fan back home and Harvest Grocery + Supply was born.
Harvest is continuously adding to its diverse collection of 150+ vendors and bringing its customers the best, tastiest food products. “If we feel like the product is the best, coolest thing, we will bring it in the store regardless of how difficult it is to acquire,” Hunter said.
Harvest also offers classes. These homestead-themed classes are seasonal and offered once a month. A class at Harvest is a prefect compliment to an epicurean tour of the region. Popular classes include: a backyard chicken 101, a coffee brewing class and instructional cooking classes. Classes typically have 10 participants for more personal instruction and cost no more than $20.
Hopcroft said Richmond is an easy place to live and loves that the community is supportive of independent operations and small business. “You can have the advantages and the culture of living in a city, without the day to day headaches of a dense urban environment,” he said.
Come check out what Harvest Grocery and Supply has in stock and grab a cup of fresh coffee or a pastry offered behind the counter. They are open 9 am to 8 pm every weekday and 10 am to 6 pm on the weekends.