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35 Reasons We Love Local

It was at the Carriage Market House where Calvin D. Mayne, an entrepreneur in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business, and Vera Pacey began their courtship before they were married in 1941. The market was abuzz with excitement, as two-wheelers stacked high with produce whizzed by. On August 12, 1948, after the birth of their son Norman, their dreams came true to open a humble market. Rooted with a sense of duty to their local community and a desire to always do the right thing, Dorothy Lane Market was born. Over the years, DLM has become known as a gourmet destination, but that dedication to local continues to stand strong by featuring local foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and more from local farmers and vendors within a morning’s drive to our stores. So come Love Local with us!

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1. Brentlinger’s Sweet Corn

Ray Brentlinger’s sweet corn is synonymous with summer and he’s a legend here in Dayton! In 1978, DLM began its long-standing relationship with Brentlinger’s Farm Market, located in New Carlisle. Look for this sweet corn debuting at DLM sometime around July 4. Get some scrumptious recipes using this stand-out sweet corn here!

2. Brickel Creek Organic Farm

Sue, owner of Brickel Creek Organic Farm, has always loved digging in the dirt. So much that after obtaining her master organic gardener certification, she decided to cultivate her new expertise in deeper ways. In 2007, she purchased a 69.5-acre historic farm to grow fruits and vegetables to sell at farmers’ markets and has been expanding ever since. We look forward to organic produce from Brickel Creek, from blackberries in the summer to kale, spinach, and fresh herbs all year long.

3. Guided by Mushrooms

We love the rich umami flavor that a good exotic mushroom brings to any dish. We source an exquisite collection from Dayton’s own Guided by Mushrooms, such as oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut mushrooms.

4. Foxhole Farm

Brookville-based Foxhole Farm has a mission “to live a good and happy life by growing nourishing, flavorful food for our community.” We appreciate that as well as their microgreens!

5. Grim Organic Farm

Located in Arcanum, Michael and his son grow organic vegetables, such as certified organic corn coming to us this month.

6. Peach Mountain Organics

When you meet Leslie Garcia, she is graciously humble and clearly a hard worker (as all flower farmers are). But upon further digging, you realize that she is also deeply dedicated to growing certified organic flowers. Her majestic farm, Peach Mountain Organics in Spring Valley, is filled with vibrant colors, such as the geometrically detailed and dazzling dahlias that she grows with great care. “We’ve been certified organic since 1992 and we are certified because we believe in organic so much that we want to be counted,” she says. “Flowers are beautiful and fleeting, kind of like life… It’s what I’ve done almost my entire adult life.”

7. Bowman & Landes

There’s something to be said about our DLM Free-Range Turkey, and how two local friends, DLM and Bowman & Landes Turkeys, Inc., have come together for many years. Our flock is raised locally for us in New Carlisle, Ohio. Not only is it free-range, antibiotic free, and fed a 100% vegetarian diet, but it’s also Non-GMO Project Verified.

8. 80 Acres Farms

The new age of farming is happening now, just a short trek south in Cincinnati at 80 Acres Farms. Not only do they grow year-round thanks to indoor farming techniques, but they use zero pesticides, food miles are kept to a minimum, and they use 100% renewable energy. Thanks to vertical farming techniques, they are able to grow the equivalence of a much larger traditional farm. We are grateful to partner with the passionate and brilliant minds at 80 Acres for our DLM Salad Blends, which feature curated selections of lettuces, such as frisée and red romaine, and microgreens.

9. Hartzler Family Dairy

Sure you love Hartzler’s seasonal egg nog (who doesn’t), but check our Dairy case year-round for their milk, and whimsical single-serve flavored milks.

10. Tracey Rae Farmer Florist

Always on-trend, Tracey Rae’s stunning local bouquets are truly something to behold. She curates must-have combinations featuring the best of the season, from ranunculus and anemones to peonies and snapdragons. Located in Midland, Ohio, we clamor to see what she’s brought us when she pulls up with our delivery.

11. Cedar Ridge Trails Lavender

There’s something special about this locally grown cut lavender. The connection between Cedar Ridge Trails and DLM goes all the way back to DLM founder Calvin D. Mayne, who was raised in the house on the farm. Ship the Cedar Ridge Lavender Gift Set featuring some of our favorite products from Cedar Ridge Trails via shop.dorothylane.com!

12. Local Grass-Fed Beef

Our DLM Local Grass-Fed Beef Program is possible thanks to Love Local farming families raising grass-fed cattle in the Miami Valley. All of these families work with us to ensure that they abide by our program’s best practices, meaning they are fed a 100% grass-fed diet and are lifetime free of antibiotic and added hormones.

As the cows graze on the lush spring grass, the flavor profile of the beef changes dramatically causing the Omega-3s and CLAs to surge. Not to mention, it fuels the local economy for an added benefit. We started this program in 2010 as a way to provide the health benefits of grass-fed beef locally by linking arms with area farming families. At Hanna Family Farms in Cedarville, the farm sits on a wooded setting that opens up to 101 acres of pasture. Meanwhile, at Clark Family Farm, there are 90 acres of pasture land where the Scottish Highland, Wagyu, and Aberdeen Angus Cattle roam.

13. Morning Sun Organic Farm Eggs

After visiting Morning Sun Organic Farm, located near West Alexandria, Ohio, we noticed one more hidden layer to what makes a good egg—the Filbrun family! We’ve carried their certified organic, cage-free eggs for 20+ years, working with multiple generations of the Filbrun family. Dale Filbrun says that a good egg starts with a happy, healthy chicken, which is a result of its environment. The chickens feed both on the bounty of the pasture and on organic (and therefore non-GMO) grain that the family grows, containing no animal by-products.

14. Eagle Ridge Apiaries

DLM 100% Pure Honey glistens, thanks to Al Tuttle of Eagle Ridge Apiaries, a Miami Valley beekeeper who produces our unprocessed raw honey. He tends to about 70 hives with each having 50,000-60,000 bees.

15. Wesler Orchards

Apple splendor awaits at Wesler Orchards in New Paris, Ohio, and each batch is freshly pressed into DLM Apple Cider, a fall time treat here. The ingredients? 100% pure apples, reflecting the variety of apples that are picked at their peak.

16. VanMeter Family

What we love most about the VanMeter Family Farm (besides their sweet farm-fresh strawberries and watermelon) is that they grow with heart. Trish and Danny VanMeter see farming as a way to share their corner of the world with others.

17. Ohio Gifts

There’s a fervent appreciation for iconic Ohio goods, like those that we ship in gift sets via shop.dorothylane.com. The Ohio Nostalgia Box, right, features mainstays, while the Ohio Artisan Box has the most delicious gourmet twist.

18. Orion Organics

When you meet Jon Paul of Orion Organics in Yellow Springs, you’ll find that his enthusiasm and knowledge for organic, healthy produce is contagious. From squash to sweltering summertime red tomatoes and peppers, we look forward to a variety of hometown produce streaming in all summer long.

19. Look for Local in Our Recipes

It’s hard for any chef to resist quality local produce at its peak of the season, which is why you’ll notice a number of our Made Right Here creations from our Kitchens, Sandwich Station, and Naples-Style Pizza Station featuring local produce when available.

20. Harvey Eicher Family

Just a morning’s drive away in Adams County, Indiana, Harvey Eicher Jr. and his Amish friends bring us fresh vegetables regularly, including the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes around. They grow in hoop houses to extend the growing season, which means more local tomatoes!

21. That Guy’s Farm

That Guy” is Guy Ashmore and it so happens that his daughter, Nellie, runs “That Girl’s Flowers,” No. 23. Farming alongside one another, That Guy’s Family Farm brings us certified organic sweet potatoes, kale, arugula, beets, and more from their Clarksville-based farm.

22. Local Coffee

For many years, we’ve had a wonderful relationship with Dayton’s beloved Boston Stoker Coffee, featuring high-quality beans sourced directly from farmers and roasted in small batches. Enjoy whether you’re picking up a bag or stopping by our DLM Coffee Bar! Find more local coffee by heading down our coffee aisle, where you’ll find more local gems: Erie Island Company, Crimson Cup Coffee, Silver Bridge Coffee Company, Reza’s Roast, Twisted River Roaster, Rooted Grounds Coffee Co., Zingerman’s Coffee Company, and Yield Coffee Roaster.

23. That Girl’s Flowers

Nellie Ashmore is “That Girl” and she is making a name for herself in the organic flower farming industry. Growing up, she’d help on the family farm and accompany her parents to farmers’ markets. Several years ago, after completing college, she started her own business, bringing to us beauties like larkspur, sunflowers, and celosia.

24. Old Soul’s Farm

A pristine, climate-controlled greenhouse allows the kind souls at Old Soul’s Farm to grow all year using hydroponic techniques. We are grateful for ample supply of our DLM Basil & Living Basil, DLM Arugula, and more.

25. More Local Flowers!

We’ve worked hard to extend our local connections to include more flower farmers over the years. In addition to those mentioned, we also carry a variety of local splendor from more area growers, like Hungry Toad Farm and The Flower Field!

26. Local Lamb

Veterinarian Paul Hunter started Loramie Lamb in the 1980s fully aware he’d be an anomaly, as lamb is not as mainstream as other meat items. That doesn’t stop Paul though from continuing to raise this lesser-known red meat that’s rich in protein.

27. Maverick Chocolate

With a bean-to-bar approach, Cincinnati-based Maverick has received accolades from the International Chocolate Awards. Former mechanical engineer Paul Picton has delved into the biz together with his son, Ben.

28. DLM Private Label

You’ve surely noticed our DLM products while you shop, which wear our name because we simply love both how they taste and how they are made. Many of these DLM private label items are produced locally for us, like our jarred fruits, pickles, sauces, 1948 Classic Dark Roast Coffee, and more. For some, the connection goes quite deep, such as our DLM Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs, utilizing beef from our local DLM Grass-Fed Beef Program. Then, there’s our DLM Bone Broths, nutrient-rich and good for the soul, the beef flavor is made from the bones of the DLM Grass-Fed Beef cattle; the same with the DLM Turkey Bone Broth—using turkey bones from Bowman & Landes.

29. Culinary Center Local Instructors

Local chefs, cookbook authors, and personalities keep guests happily fed and entertained at the DLM Culinary Center! Take for instance Bryn Mooth, Findlay Market Cookbook author, and her upcoming class on Tuesday, July 20. Register for this class here!

30. Local Beer

Within a stone’s throw in any direction, Dayton and Cincinnati are lucky to be brimming with local breweries that are crafting some amazing beers. Cool down at your cookout with some local brew, such as: Warped Wing Brewing Co., The Dayton Beer Company, Yellow Springs Brewery, Rhinegeist Brewery, and MadTree Brewing to name a few. Come visit us to see even more local brews!

31. DLM Gelato & Sorbetto

We know you love Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Cincinnati’s Graeter’s (and so do we!). But enjoy carefree, quintessential Italian moments with our DLM Gelato and Sorbetto in hand, made for us locally using traditional Italian recipes and methods.

32. Turkey Red Wheat Bread

Turkey red wheat is a hard winter wheat that’s not predominately grown in Ohio, but thanks to three local farmers—Edward Hill, Dale Friesen, and Danny Jones—we have a local crop that’s milled farmside. From the harvest, we bake Turkey Red Wheat Bread. Dale’s grandparents were among the German Mennonites who brought with them the seeds of turkey red wheat when they fled Russia to the U.S. years ago. He’s overcome with emotion to see the crop of his ancestors growing on Ohio soil.

33. DLM A2 Milk

The golden age of good milk is now. Our DLM A2 Guernsey Milk is rich in flavor, high in nutrition, and easy on digestion. It’s the brainchild of local collaborator Adrian Bota, who sought to create a cow’s milk featuring the A2 milk protein found in a breed of cows known as Guernsey.

34. Ghyslain Chocolatier

Truly an art, our dear friend and chocolatier Ghyslain Maurais in Union City, Indiana, sends us his hand-painted chocolates and carefully crafted Parisian macarons.

35. More Local Splendor

Truth is, when you do a list like this, you can’t include everything, or else we’d be publishing a novel. All our local vendors make DLM special. Come Love Local, and enjoy earning Bonus Points on local products this July!

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