Cultivating Lasting Relationships With Local Farmers, Producers Since 1948.

By: Jessie Kuhn | Staff Writer
On: May 15, 2015

Supporting local isn’t just a fad that Dorothy Lane Market has latched on to as it’s become increasing popular for grocers to sell from local farmers and producers. It’s a time-honored tradition that DLM has worked hard to cultivate since 1948 when it opened as a humble fruit stand featuring the bounty of the area.

Our team at DLM is so proud of our close-knit relationships with local farmers and producers, as these folks embody the passion and virtue that goes into producing good food. At DLM, we talk to them often. We visit them. And we call them friends. So although trends come and go, supporting these local suppliers is just the way we do business. Here, we highlight some of the ways the DLM team connects regularly with these experts in order to make our stores a locavore’s paradise.

Local Means So Much More

Many of the plants we carry in the Floral & Plant department are custom-grown for DLM by local vendors. Stuart Delk, DLM Floral & Plant Director, believes there’s more to local than just supporting these growers. “Local, for me, is about more than a distance formula or radius circle drawn on a map. It’s more meaningful and environmentally more significant. For me, locally grown is about:

• “When a grower calls, I know who it is by their voice, not by what the caller ID reads. We talk and we know one another. It’s not just a formality.

• ”I get to travel out to farms and greenhouses often and see the entire lifecycle of the magnificent products we carry at DLM.

• “I know our growers are good stewards of the land and the environment. I see it day after day and year after year. It feels good to know we work with people like this.”

Eat Local ... Fish that is

By Jack Gridley

Leaving the boardroom and corporate America behind, Damon Meyer packed up his family and moved back to the family farm. Homestead Springs Farm is a 1,000-acre grain, hay, and livestock farm in Ashland, Ohio, located approximately one hour north of Columbus, where he was born and raised. After several years of running the family farm, it was by ill fate that brought him into aquaculture, too. A local fish-farmer friend, John Bechtel, confided in Damon that he had cancer and was getting too sick to work. He asked Damon if he would be interested in taking over the operation.

Being a businessman and having the support of his wife and the fish farm manager, Clayton Enzor, they ordered trout eggs from Washington. He soon realized that the first rule of thumb is keeping the fish alive and healthy. With the natural aquifer on the property supplying over 96,000 gallons of cold, oxygen-rich water per hour, it is the first step in being able to raise these fish without any antibiotics.

It takes 12 months till harvest, and the conversion rate of 1.3 lbs of grain per 1 lb gain of fish has helped make Homestead Springs Farm become the largest trout farm in Ohio. After only a few years of raising trout, Damon is expanding his offering. Soon, the first hatch of Coho salmon will be ready for harvest! They’ll be available whole or filleted just like the trout. This is the perfect summer protein to pair with the wonderful local produce we carry.

The delicate and mild flavor of the trout and Coho should not be overpowered. Keep it simple with Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt, and fresh lemon or rosemary from the herb garden. It takes just a few minutes to grill or sauté. Fish on!