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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The French Connection

You don’t have to look far once you step in our doors to get a taste of French cuisine. You see, like an artist paints when they are inspired, we never forget a good meal or glass of wine when we travel. That inspiration comes to life within Dorothy Lane Market in so many ways.

Take for instance our Miche Bread. In the fascinating world of French bread, if the baguette is a big city slicker, then the Miche is its soulful country cousin. The word derives from an old French word for ‘loaf’, and it’s the type of country sourdough that was once baked in large, stone communal ovens in France, but is now made famous by Parisian bakers. Our beloved Miche was inspired by our travels to the bakery-lined streets of Paris. We simply knew we must make our own so that you could enjoy it, too.

Properly crafted Miche such as ours is one of the world’s great sourdough breads, with a dark, chewy crust and complex, moist interior. The magic happens when the living dough marries the sweetness of wheat and backbone of rye. The sourdough taste is subtle, but enough to leave you craving more! It’s great products like our Miche that bring a taste of the world to your plate here at DLM.

More French cuisine favorites to explore at DLM!

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Pan Bagnat: A Picnic-Perfect Sandwich

Pan Bagnat is the iconic French make-ahead sandwich that’s perfect for outdoor eating. Think Salade Niçoise, but in sandwich form. We love making it on our DLM French Boule, but you also can build this luscious Provençal French-style sandwich on our DLM Artisan French Baguette or Ciabatta. From there, a good quality tuna packed in oil partners up with the flavors within, melding with the sliced egg, ripe tomato, olive tapenade, and slivered onion. The magic happens though when it’s made ahead of time, even overnight. Wrap it tightly before refrigerating so that all of the flavors can beautifully mingle to season the sandwich.

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PICNIC-PERFECT SIDE RECIPES

Complete your picnic with the perfect sides! Try our recipes for a French-Style Potato and Green Bean Salad and Celery Root Salad.

Food Explorer New England Eats

EXPLORE NEW ENGLAND EATS

New Englanders have a fierce loyalty for their home towns and their patriotic history. Between the cordial quirkiness of the small towns, the buzz of big city Boston, old fishing ports, stunning architecture, plus the great outdoors—road tripping through New England is a must, especially as the beginning notes of summer are starting to play in May. We get it—miles and miles of gorgeous coastlines, picturesque lighthouses, quaint towns, and tons of outdoor activities. But let’s talk about the food—think succulent seafood from the land of lobster, as well as plump, briny oysters and clams for days. So many lobster and clam shacks, so little time! You’ll also find a plethora of local farmers’ markets (and Maine blueberries), renowned cheesemakers, breweries, and bakeries with whoopie pies piled high. What’s not to like? As we gear up for Lobstermania, May 29, we’ll be celebrating New England foods and recipes all month! So come get a taste of how delicious summer can be with these New England eats.

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5 Mother’s Day Gifts That Ship

1. DAY AT THE SPA

Treat the mom in your life to a day at the spa right at home! This luxurious gift set includes everything needed to achieve total tranquility and relaxation: Rishi Lavender Mint Botanical Tea, DLM 100% Pure Honey, Zum Lavender Mist, DLM Lavender Bath Bomb and Lavender Bath Salt, and Savannah Bee Company’s Rosemary Lavender Royal Jelly Body Butter. $65 plus shipping.mother's day gift

 

2. BRUNCH ALL DAY WITH TEA GIFT SET

Make that quintessential Mother’s Day brunch memorable! Send mom all the essentials for a delightful brunch: DLM Quiche Lorraine, Bakewell Tart, DLM Raisin Walnut Bread, and Newby Earl Grey Black Tea (or choose the Brunch All Day with Coffee gift). $65 plus shipping.mother's day brunch

 

3. MOTHER’S DAY TEA SET

Give mom the gift of relaxation with this tea set that’ll be enjoyed for weeks to come! Featuring Tea Forte Green Tea Trio plus a lovely ceramic steeping cup and infuser. Mom will also love the Pré de Provence Private Collection Hand Cream, a luxurious lotion from France. $65 plus shipping.

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4. BEST MOM EVER

We can never repay our moms for the sacrifices they make for us, but we can always say thank you and show our appreciation in small ways. Includes: From the Heart Gift Box with a 4-ct of Raspberry Killer Brownie®, Ghyslain Chocolatier Truffles (4-ct), and a Firefly candle tin to savor when all the chocolate is gone. $55 plus shipping.

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5. GHYSLAIN TURTLES: MAMA & BABIES

We love this beautiful mama with her baby turtles! The Mama Turtle comes with six hand-painted milk chocolate turtles, each color representing a different toasted gourmet nut delicately tucked into a shell filled with butter caramel. Walnut, Almond, Pistachio, Pecan, Macadamia, and Cashew. $35 plus shipping.

 

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The Ultimate Comfort Cookie: Laura’s Cookies

For 30+ years, my five sisters, sister-in-law, and I have been baking Christmas cookies together. Typically, on the day after Thanksgiving, we gather at my brother’s home, which my parents built in 1954, and we bake. When we first started our tradition, we had about a dozen different recipes that we made every year, but we were always looking for new recipes to add.

About 25 years ago, we added a special recipe to our annual baking tradition. It was a rolled cookie dough with a taste that reminded us of a sugar cookie that our mom would make for us. I loved the cookie dough, but I didn’t care for the royal icing we initially tried. The thick, soft sugar cookie did not seem to be enhanced by the hard, tasteless royal icing.

So, I developed my own special almond-flavored frosting to complement the cookie. We decided that this combination was just right and Laura’s Cookies was born. We soon referred to it as the ultimate “comfort cookie.”

Q & A WITH LAURA

HOW DID LAURA’S COOKIES DEVELOP FROM THERE?

I’d been in hospital administration for my entire professional career (17 years), and in 1999 I decided that I wanted to move in a new direction. What that would be, I had absolutely no idea.

I took full advantage of career development sessions offered locally and found out a few things about myself. Most significantly, I had experiences, skill sets, and a self-awareness of my strengths and weaknesses that indicated a potential to be a successful small business owner. I was intrigued—but what business could I start?

While taking a 10-week SBA class at Sinclair Community College, I would bring a variety of cookies to get feedback from my classmates and instructor. The “comfort cookies” (now known as Laura’s Cookies) became the most requested for repeat tastings. That became the focus of my business plan. My primary challenge was to find a commercial kitchen to bake in and an outlet sell my cookies.

ENTER DLM. HOW DID IT START?

This was 21 years ago. One of my book club friends was acquainted with Scott Fox, DLM VP of Bakery, and I was able to get a meeting. I explained that I had a cookie that everyone seemed to really like, but that I needed a place to bake. Scott expressed interest and shared that DLM likes to promote quality, local products. A day later, I brought in 2-3 dozen “Laura’s Cookies” in different shapes. We met in the Oakwood Bakery manager’s office (a very pregnant Shelley Eberle). There are two things about this meeting that I will never forget. The first is Shelley opening the container, biting into a cookie, and then turning around in her chair exclaiming “this is the best cookie that I’ve ever had!” Scott tasted one and agreed with Shelley, and asked for more samples. He called the next day and asked when I could start baking!

HAS THE RECIPE CHANGED AT ALL?

The only thing that has changed is that the trans fats have been removed from the ingredients.

DID YOU EVER IMAGINE LAURA’S COOKIES WOULD HAVE GROWN INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY?

Honestly, no (insert laughter). My informal business plan when I started was to make enough cookies to cover my living expenses, save for retirement, take a couple vacations a year, and maybe have a couple of employees. Fast forward to 2021 and 5,337,000+ cookies later. Laura’s Cookies has a huge fan base, an amazing team, and a beautiful production facility at DLM.

SWEETEST MEMORIES?

My favorite sweet memories are those shared with me by customers. Laura’s Cookies have become a part of so many people’s lives and celebrations. Major life events have been made even more special with Laura’s Cookies. Innumerable grandchildren have been delighted when a grandparent arrives with Laura’s Cookies in hand. Corporate clients look forward to holiday gift boxes of Laura’s Cookies. A gift of a single Laura’s Cookie can brighten someone’s day. It truly brings me joy to know that there is a happy memory in every bite.

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Top Food Finds for February

As we embark on this month’s exploration of top food finds, you’ll find incredible food and beverages from around the world. Some of which are exciting new arrivals, like our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, while others are DLM signature favorites, like our Flat Chicken®, that are too good not to spotlight. Whether you discover new finds or dive into old favorites, we hope you find this selection of food finds as one of our most delicious yet!

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1. Yield Coffee Roasters Coffee

Working alongside farmers, Yield Coffee Roasters works to discover the best coffee. They’re focused on roasting each coffee to achieve its maximum flavor potential, while highlighting the farmers, families, and communities these outstanding coffees represent. Yield works to truly get to know the farmers, helping to create a sustainable economy for the areas from which they get these beans. Currently, they are using a portion of their coffee sales to construct bathrooms for families in need. So as you sip your Yield Coffee with breakfast, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or with dessert, know that what you’re enjoying is much more than just a good ol’ cup of joe. Enjoy coffee varieties from these growing regions: Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

2. Hartzler Family Dairy Single Serves

The Hartzler family believes in processing the milk from their cows as minimally as possible as nature intended, without hormones, chemical pesticides, or herbicides used on the farm. The result of this philosophy is a delicious one—milk that’s rich, creamy, and a favorite for many. And when their single-serve milk came on the market, we just had to bring them in. In addition to their current lineup of scrumptious flavors, like Orange Cream, Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate, they’ve recently released a new variety that has stolen our hearts—Black Raspberry! Reminiscent of one of the top flavors from a local ice cream shop, this milk is decadent and a dessert in itself.

3. Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil lovers know there’s something truly special about this time of the year—the arrival of the fresh, new, novello olive oils. And our Vera Jane’s Novello Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is an amazing representation of the classic novello flavors and aromatics. The alluring aromas of grass and nuts are reflected in the oil’s flavor. As you taste it, an explosion of freshness first greets your palate and then it finishes with a flavorful, peppery bite. And where do we get such an extraordinary olive oil? Like many of the products in our DLM line, we have farming friends who we work with to produce the best product for you to enjoy. And this includes the Zanetti family. Located in Tuscany, Italy, the Zanetti family farm grows the olives used to make our Vera Jane’s Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. The fruit of their labor is harvested once a year during a small window. Most of the oil will be stored and bottled as needed for our line here at DLM, but a select amount is sent to us as the new, or novello, harvest for you to enjoy. It’s only distinguished as novello for a limited time, so be sure to try it while it’s here! To savor every drop of this luxurious oil, we recommend drizzling over DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella and tomatoes, soup, stew, pizza, DLM Gelato, seafood, steak, vegetables, or pasta. You can also add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, or dried herbs and use the olive oil as a dip for DLM Artisan Bread. And we can’t forget about one of our favorite uses, pesto. This combination of bright olive oil, lots of fresh basil, salty Parmigiano-Reggiano, and rich pine nuts is absolutely delicious! Get Chef Carrie’s recipe for pesto here.

4. Enzo’s Table Biscotti

Taking a look behind the scenes at Enzo’s Table, you’ll find folks who are passionate about sharing the bountiful harvest of California’s San Joaquin Valley. From fruits and nuts to handcrafted pesto and jam, they pour their hearts into all of their endeavors. We’re proud to carry a variety of their products, including Enzo’s Table Biscotti. This biscotti is hand-rolled with premium ingredients, and then twice-baked to achieve the classic biscotti crunch. Whether you choose to enjoy these cookies dunked in coffee, espresso, or alongside a glass of wine, you’re sure to love their selection. Varieties include Traditional Almond, Good Food Awards winner Chocolate Almond, Almond Anise, and Pistachio Cranberry.

5. Runamok Maple Syrup

There’s maple syrup and then there’s good maple syrup. Runamok Maple’s passion for creating pure maple syrup shines in every drop of this golden goodness. They pay close attention to every step of the production process, starting with the environment and the trees themselves. Certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association, Runamok has installed solar panels to reduce their carbon footprint, preserved the surrounding habitat so that migratory birds have a safe home, and used compostable cups to cut down on plastic in landfills. Mid-winter, the maple trees are carefully tapped allowing the sap to run out as the temperature gradually rises in the spring. Once the sap is harvested, it’s transported to the sugarhouse where it’s concentrated through a reverse osmosis machine and boiled down to syrup. Once it reaches the right concentration, the syrup is filtered and stored in barrels. During this process, the syrup is tasted, and the best of the best is marked as Sugarmaker’s Cut. This syrup is the best of the season and usually reserved for friends and family of those who work for Runamok, but it’s now available for you to enjoy! For a twist on this rich syrup, try Runamok Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup. As the syrup ages in recently emptied Bourbon barrels, it draws in the deep Bourbon flavor without alcohol. Enjoy these syrups over a towering stack of pancakes or add some to cocktails for a kiss of sweetness.

 

6. Molino Verrini Flour

Something extraordinary happens when you combine the knowledge and experience of four generations of millers and the best wheat grown in Emilia-Romagna—it’s flour perfection. Over the years, the Verrini family, of Molino Verrini, has been producing the highest quality flours in Emilia-Romagna, each carefully crafted and designated for specific uses. Molino Verrini Type 00 Flour, distinguished by its low gluten content and super fine grind, is an excellent choice for fresh pasta as the fine grind allows you to roll the dough to extreme thinness. This flour also makes delicious pizza dough, desserts, wraps, focaccia, and bomboloni Italian donuts. Molino Verrini Type 1 Flour is rich in fibers, proteins, and minerals, containing a small amount of bran and wheat germ. This harmonious combination gives rise to a flour with a heartier aroma and flavor than the Type 00. Use this flour as you would the Type 00. Made by grinding Italian organic wheat, Molino Verrini Organic Type 0 Wheat Flour is high in protein and gluten making it the ideal choice for creating traditional and hard bread, biscuits, and tarts.

 

7. DLM Flat Chicken®

There’s a good reason why DLM Flat Chicken® is one of our signature items and a dinner go-to, and it all starts with the chicken itself. We’re proud to use DLM Natural Chicken that’s air-chilled, free-roaming, and never administered antibiotics. The result is a more flavorful chicken with a great, firm texture. Partially de-boning the chicken, leaving only the wing and drumstick bones, and marinating it in a variety of sauces and seasonings, we’ve taken the prep work out of creating a delicious main dish. Simply cook on the grill or pop in the oven, and enjoy this easy-to-make, not to mention delicious, dish!

 

8. Exotic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are such versatile ingredients, contributing lots of umami to the flavor of the dish as well as a hearty, meaty texture and richness. And these exotic mushrooms are a must-try for mushroom lovers. Coming to us from Guided By Mushrooms right here in Dayton, this variety includes oyster, lion’s mane, and chestnut. Oyster mushrooms have a unique, almost seafood-like flavor, making it a great choice for adding to soups, chowders, and stir-fry. Lion’s mane, in addition to being beneficial health-wise, is often used as a substitute in vegetarian and vegan cooking. Its flavor and texture is similar to lobster or crab—meaty, tender, and delicate. Chestnut mushrooms taste like mild Shittakes. Along with a meaty texture, these mushrooms have a rich, earthy, and nutty flavor.

9. Le Pithivier

Peering into our pâtisserie case, you’re met with a array of stunning creations that are Made Right Here by our incredibly talented Pâtisserie team. This group of chefs knows that when it comes to world-class pastries, there are no shortcuts. From ingredients, like European-style butter and local organic eggs, and technique to presentation and flavor, they make sure each and every detail is perfect. One of our seasonal favorites, Le Pithivier, has a history that’s as delicious as the pastry itself. Our pâtisserie chefs begin this French Mardi Gras classic by crafting a delicate puff pastry. It’s then filled with our signature almond cream and brûléed. Be sure to grab one from our Bakery for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration, or have it shipped via shop.dorothylane.com.

10. Farin’ UP Mixes

Although their packaging is dressed with whimsical illustrations, the mixes inside are the real deal. They’re produced in Luxemburg by the Miller family whose mills have been in operation since 1704. The 11th generation owner, Louis, has traveled the world and developed these artisanal baking mixes using his family’s milling traditions. Whether you choose to enjoy Le Fantastique Belgian Waffles Mix, made with pearl sugar that melts and caramelizes when cooked, J’adore les Pancakes Mix, perfectly fluffy and ready to sop up all of that glorious maple syrup, Le Tasty Cookies Mix, which makes the ultimate chocolate chip cookie, or Le Delicious Brownies Mix, pure chocolatey goodness, you’re sure to enjoy the authentic recipes and flavors each mix delivers.

And this month, we couldn’t resist adding a bonus food find! Look for this cheese in The DLM Cheese Shop while supplies last!

Baetje Farms Coeur de la Creme

What started about 20 years ago with a hunger for French-inspired “Pure Artisan Farmstead” goat cheese has grown into the award-winning creamery known at Baetje Farms. Like many of our farming friends, Baetje Farms believes that in order to create the best cheese, you must have the best milk coming from animals in the best physical condition. In order to achieve goat cheese perfection, the goats producing their milk receive a wealth of minerals and nutrients from organic mineral supplements, locally grown alfalfa, filtered spring water from spring fed creeks, and a natural antibiotic-free grain. In addition to a healthful diet, the goats are free to roam the pastures leading to happier and healthier goats. One of Baetje Farms award winning and most well-known cheese is the Coeur de la Creme. It’s made with simple ingredients, like goat milk, culture, rennet, and salt, giving it a clean yet tangy flavor. Look for scrumptious varieties, including Herb de Provence, Three Pepper, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Bavarian Lemon Curd, and Cranberry & Orange.

DLM Difference: World-Class Pâtisserie

Chef Amy Brown says it best: “There are no shortcuts in pastry.” As she explains further, her statement is true in all aspects, from ingredients and technique to presentation and flavor. The other stipulation for world-class pâtisserie? “It has to look as good as it tastes with pastry,” says Chef Amy, DLM Pâtisserie Manager. No detail is left unperfected either. From our housemade almond cream and mascarpone fillings (to name a few), to the flawless application of chocolate mirror glaze, a swirl of homemade whipped topping, and adornments like delicately shaved chocolate curls. Core ingredients range from European-style butter, local organic eggs, and chocolate sourced from our dear friend Ghyslain to local fresh fruit when available.

 

Our dynamic Pâtisserie is comprised of four extremely talented and hard-working professionals: Chef Amy, Chef Lindsey Lucas, Tina Quintanilla, and Carrie Chrisman. The vivacious laughter of this close-knit team meets with a heaping dose of creativity, resulting every day in the most vibrant (and decadently delicious) pâtisserie selection that rivals that of any big city.

You’ll love the dainty cheesecakes, elevated seasonally with varieties ranging from white chocolate raspberry to cinnamon roll. Or, the British-inspired Bakewell Tart with a sweet almond cream nestled in an all-butter crust with a layer of fresh raspberries. (Have Bakewell Tart shipped to you here!) Another seasonal favorite of ours is Le Pithivier, known as an authentically French Mardi Gras pastry. Our signature almond cream fills a delicate puff pastry that’s brûléed. No matter the day, there’s always something to fall for in our beloved Pâtisserie case.

Ship Le Pithivier for your at-home Mardi Gras celebration!

Fall in Love with Love Cakes by DLM

Our Boutique Cake Experience!

We had it all meticulously planned. Last year around this time, we had just moved Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market into a newly renovated space, located in the front of the shopping center of our Washington Square location. We were excited to reveal it to you with grand opening fanfare this past March of 2020. Although that never happened, we are still thrilled to share with you why this move was a big step for us.

Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market is more than just a grocery store cake experience. Our designers are truly artists and are eager to tackle the most creative requests to create something unique for you. Our new beautiful space gives us ample room to create. The best part is that you can see us when you stroll by. Although we are an introverted bunch, it’s rather fun having a passerby stop to admire. It’s even more fun when they step inside to check out our ever-changing cake display.

 

COME SEE US!

6147 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45459

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

CakeShop@DorothyLane.com

 

 

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER

We’d be delighted to have you stop by or call us directly at (937) 535-5719 to speak to one of our designers. We’ll happily coordinate your cake pickup either from our storefront or the DLM Bakery location of your choosing. Or, you are welcome to place an order at any DLM Bakery.

 

CAKE TRENDS FOR 2021: SMALL BUT SPECTACULAR

Although special occasion cakes this year are notably smaller in light of more intimate celebrations, these small cakes are more spectacular than ever. Our Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market designers love nothing more than to help bring your vision to life, so talk to us!

In addition to scaling cakes to smaller sizes this year or opting for cupcakes, we are noting that customers are letting their imagination go wild with their designs. We’re talking more ornate and more of a “wow” factor than ever!

 

 

WEDDING INQUIRIES

We’d love to bring your wedding cake dreams to life! Stop by, call (937) 535-5719, or email CakeShop@DorothyLane.com to arrange a take-home wedding cake tasting!

 

Meet Our Talented Cake Designers

 

DLM Classic Coffee Cakes: The DLM Difference

Sur ce doux nom, une tache de beurre! Upon his sweet name, a spot of butter!” cries out the pastry chef Ragueneau in the famous French play Cyrano de Bergerac, upon seeing children walking out of his shop with beautiful buttery pastries wrapped in torn out pages of his beloved poetry book. Butter-stained poetry, perfectly understandable to a French audience. Butter is a staple in France, showing up in everything from sauces to sandwiches to the most elegant of pastries.

coffee cakes

Paradoxically, can you believe that margarine was invented in France about 150 years ago? By the 1950s, in part due to our eagerness to adopt fashionable food trends, margarine had also become popular here, eventually overtaking butter, sold as a “healthy substitute.” And so manufactured fats, including the worst—trans fats—found their way into cookies and crackers and all sorts of baked goods. Thank goodness we’ve gotten past that. We are enjoying natural fats again, like lip-glistening, totally satisfying real butter. I don’t know about you, but I do love butter! We go through pallets of it, literally, in our bakery operations, where we use it unapologetically in everything from scones to pie shells to our famous Killer Brownie®.

Our Bakery’s latest creation is another butter-centric pleasure … DLM Classic Coffee Cakes! When you eat a slice (or two) you get that wonderful butter sensation on your palate, and it feels good in your tummy, unlike eating overly sweet treats that make you queasy and regretful. We mix a few ingredients such as local organic eggs, sugar, flour, and of course French-style butter. We then bake the cakes in classic Bundt pans to a perfectly caramelized crust with a moist, dense interior. These new coffee cakes were developed and are lovingly baked by our talented pastry chefs, headed up by Amy Brown.

To debut, we have three flavors for you: Zesty Lemon Poppy Seed, Double Chocolate, and Toasted Walnut Cinnamon (my fave). Enjoy them for breakfast with a hot cup of DLM 1948 Classic Dark Roast Coffee, a chilled glass of DLM A2 Guernsey Milk, or a latte from our DLM Coffee Bar. Have a slice with an afternoon cup of tea, or even serve for dessert. However you enjoy them, that genuine “spot of butter” flavor from our DLM Classic Coffee Cakes will have you waxing poetic.