A Market with a Heart
The foundation of our business is based on the following:
- Prosperity for all
We are committed to offering products that enhance wellness. In today’s world of over stimulation and confusing information we’re here to help you discern what’s best for you and your family.
We are committed to offering an environment of trust and friendliness. Our Market is a community ‘safe place’ where everyone feels welcome.
Through our commitment to local producers and growers, we keep dollars in our community and oil in the ground. We’re proud to showcase so many products that are sourced right here in western North Carolina.
Our pricing continues to improve, as we network with other independent natural food retailers (INFRA)! We work hard to find the right balance of fairness to our customers, generosity to our staff and community, and the health of our business.
This has, and will continue to be the mission of our business. And in this time of climate chaos and change, we are committed to educating ourselves and our customers on the most effective ways to make a difference in restoring the planet.
A message from Rosanne Kiely
We’re proud to sell all organic produce, and to feed you primarily organic ingredients from our deli and diner. We pay close attention to the ingredients in all our products. You will not find artificial colors or flavorings, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, hormones, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, MSG, or a host of other ingredients you might find in other markets. In addition, all new products we bring into the Market are non-GMO.
We are attentive to the wide variety of dietary lifestyles that people are finding nurture their own health and well-being; vegan, vegetarian, meat-eaters, gluten-free, paleo… and more. It’s an on-going discernment for us all, and we welcome your suggestions and requests.
Of course, regardless of the food ‘type’, the closer to home the product is made or grown, the easier it is to be sure it has the integrity we’re dedicated to. That’s one reason we love local…
West Village Market supports local businesses, local farms and local producers of all sorts! We carry close to 200 local products in our store. Innovative items from Asheville and the surrounding area are available in every department – Grocery and snacks, produce, coffee, beer & wine, health and bodycare, flowers, baked goods, chocolate, kombucha, tempeh, vegan & dairy cheeses, crackers, ice cream, granola, gifts… on and on it goes.
Why Local DOES make a difference….$100 spent at locally owned businesses contributes an additional $58 to the local economy. By comparison, $100 spent at a chain store in Portland yields just $33 in local economic impact… check out our blog for more details on that!
The many issues surrounding food/product sourcing are a primary consideration for our buyers. The environmental impact of those products, as well as the packaging is another major consideration.
We are committed to no GMO’s in our products – both on our shelves and in our food service.
We have eliminated plastic bags in our produce and bulk departments, replacing them with cellophane biodegradable bags or paper bags. Though we are aware this is not a perfect solution it is our attempt to reduce plastic use and disposal. We offer a wide variety of re-usable packaging options and encourage folks to bring their own containers, bags and cups.
It is an on-going discussion at the Market as to what is the best way to find solutions to the problem of plastic in our lifestyles and consequently in our environment.