attention: noe valleyans! shop small.
i wanted to put out this call to all noe valleyans to support all of our great small produce, butcher, and wine purveyors throughout the holidays. i think whole foods has cut into the thin profit margins that already exist in these mom and pop shops.
i live very close to both church st. produce and drewe's bros. meats. and i have been supporting both for eleven years. and i would be sooo disheartened to see either go.
i know i might have to make two or even three stops to pick up everything i'll need for thanksgiving dinner. but with a little planning it will be well worth it. i think drewe's has gone up over the years in terms of the quality of their product and streamlining their holiday service. and if you make requests they can pretty much order whatever you like. and the produce shop is offering more organic veegies and have done a great job organizing their goods.
i have no affliation with drewe's or church st. produce other than considering them part of my family. i can't imagine not seeing jerry, big rick, and the gang. but i worry if the neighborhood doesn't give them the support i believe they deserve, they might not make it until next year.
As a side note about service and quality... once you have purchased from Drewe Bros, they keep record of what you got last year and they will contact you to ask about putting orders in. For example, I get a call every year for St Patty's, T-givings, and Xmas. They'll remind me of what I got the previous year and if I want that again. If I decide to make Zuni chicken the morning of, all I have to do is call Drewe's. They'll pick out the right size chicken and pre-salt for me so by the time I pick up the chicken, it's been dry brined all day. Where in the world would you get service like that with chain, big shops?