CALL TO ACTION: American Provisions seeks support to stock craft beer and local wine. To show yourself in person, be at the Tynan School tonight at 6pm (650 East Fourth Street) or drop the fellas an email. Read on to hear from the newest hotspot for localvore love.
It’s quite typical, here in America’s academic switchboard, to see douchey Bostonians engaging in some Good Will Hunting-esque banter, making claims like, “Everything comes from overseas now. I mean, look, even my fedora was made in Cambodia. We need to get those manufacturing and farming jobs back.”
Indeed it would be nice to retrieve those jobs, but unless your grandmother is willing to work for the weekly rate of a satchel of peanuts and a missing finger, forget about it. There is a solution, though: Shop local.
While we may enjoy, sometimes survive on, the convenience and price of a can of meat that never goes bad nor refrigeration, let’s face it, it’s not good for you or the community. Fortunately, Boston is thoroughly replete with non-corporate, wild-caught purveyors—specifically grocers—that source their products as local as possible.
Pending your Beansville coordinates, you might have access to more than one of these grocers. To name a few, there’s City Feed and Supply in JP, Formaggio Kitchen and Foodie’s in the South End, Sherman Market in Somerville and the Harvest Co-ops in both Cambridge and JP. As being fat still refuses to be in style and health-consciousness rises by the day, these places are rapidly popping up around the city.
Enter American Provisions in Southie.
“Getting to know my neighborhood over the years, you start to hear what people talk about and wish we had. I’ve seen a lot of neighbors getting out of their cars after driving to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and it was apparent there was a need for something like this.” says American Provisions co-owner Jason Owens, who opened the shop along with fellow Southie residents Andy Fadous and Matt Thayer.
“This is a real home-grown thing, it’s not a chain, it’s an independent shop; The three of us are well represented in what we like and what we are into, in terms of food, and we’re happy we get to share that with the local community.”
“The country is kind of heading in that direction. It’s not just a truck showing up and dropping off a bunch of mass-produced things.”
Admittedly, higher quality does comes at a premium:
“When you want something that isn’t shot up with hormones or filled with pesticides, something that’s certified humane, grass-fed and local, it’s higher quality, but it’s a smaller supply—it’s going to cost more.”
But you really do get what you pay for: better nutrition, more flavor, community support and fresher food.
“When you source your ingredients more locally or regionally, you just know what you’re putting in your body, and it’s better for your body.”
613 E BROADWAY