WHAT: Milk & Honey Market is located at 4435 Baltimore Ave. in West Philly.
STAYING LOCAL: At the core of Milk & Honey is a dedication to providing patrons with the best—and freshest—that local farmers, cheese and meat purveyors, bakers and dairies have to offer. Owners/husband-and-wife team/neighborhood residents Annie Baum-Stein and Mau Elliott offer cheese from Di Bruno Bros., cured meats and fresh pasta from Claudio’s, ice cream from Bassetts, and breads, cupcakes and other toothsome items from numerous local bakeries, including Metropolitan, Wild Flour, Four Worlds, The Wooden Spoon and North Port Fishington Cookie Factory. The selections are decidedly unfussy, says Elliott. “The focus is not gourmet,” he says.
THE MILK AND HONEY: True to its name, the store stocks plenty of varieties of milk and honey. Baum-Stein says they’ve turned a few customers on to raw and goat’s milk, and get scrumptious honeys from three sources—raw from the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op (also the source of many of their veggies), pasteurized honey from New Jersey distributor The Common Market and multiple flavors, including buckwheat, from Berks County-based Two Gander Farm. They hope to add West Philly honey as soon as they can.
KEEP IT FRESH: Baum-Stein and Elliott also have a selection of local produce that will vary with the season. “Luckily, more and more farmers are extending their harvest,” says Baum-Stein. Currently, they have a luscious display of apples, pumpkins and other seasonal favorites. They also carry other regional products, including sea salt from Maine and citrus from Florida.
GREEN THUMB: Elliott, a LEED-certified green builder, renovated the corner space with an eye to environmentally friendly products. Some items are salvaged and reused, and they used low- or no-VOL paints and glues in the store. The white ceiling tiles are pressed recycled paper, too. They’ve also kept shelving low and installed big windows, which flood the store with natural light, and reduce the need to use electricity to illuminate the space.
GOOD NEIGHBORS: Baum-Stein and Elliott are mindful of the store’s location on the thriving Baltimore Avenue corridor. The store is specifically not brewing espresso, so as to not compete with the Green Line Cafe two blocks east, and stocking the shelves with different items than the Fu-Wah market, two blocks west. “We’re trying to be good neighbors,” says Elliott. “We’re really excited about changes happening on the corridor.”
MORE INFO: Call 215-387-MILK, or visit the store online at www.milkandhoneymarket.com.
Originally published on October 1, 2009