We’re asking customers to share what they love about their local natural products store. This month, the spotlight shines on one shopper’s experience at Newcastle Produce in Newcastle, CA.

“When I found out that heart disease runs in my family, I made a commitment to eat more whole, nutritious, locally grown foods,” said Lynell Ross, Managing Editor ofZivadream.com, Certified Health and Wellness Coach/Nutritionist, and regular shopper at Newcastle Produce based in Newcastle, CA.

Ross began shopping at Newcastle Produce over a decade ago; today, she finds it difficult to pass by without stopping to pick up some fresh goodness. Once you try Newcastle Produce, she says, you’ll keep coming back. “Choosing from an abundance of locally grown produce has changed the way I shop, cook and prepare meals,” Ross shares. “I eat way less processed foods and cook simple meals. When the food itself tastes delicious, you don’t have to do too much to prepare it.”

Newcastle’s current farm was started in 1888 in Placer County, CA, says Owner Janice Thompson, who is the great granddaughter of the founder. With family photos and a mural hand-painted by Janice’s daughter Karen, the store maintains a down-home atmosphere. It’s not just about family, though—it’s about community. Newcastle showcases local farmers with handwritten tags on each basket telling the shopper where each item is grown.

“Newcastle Produce gives back to the community by featuring small, local farmers to create thriving businesses,” Ross says. “Newcastle Produce sells their own and other locally made delicacies such as jams, jellies, syrups, marinades, and sauces, and they feature locally grown honey. You can also find local cheeses and milk sold in glass bottles from organic dairies along with freshly baked bread from local artisan bakers.”

When she’s in a rush, Newcastle has what Ross needs. “At the cafe they make fresh unique sandwiches loaded with locally grown produce, meats and cheeses,” she says. “If I am in need of a quick dinner, I can pick up their homemade lasagna or one of their amazing salads loaded with greens, spinach, and nuts. I also find it hard to resist the baked goods, scones, muffins and breakfast burritos from their deli case.”

And when there’s extra time to explore new recipes, Ross turns to Newcastle Produce’s newsletter for recipes and food inspiration. Every so often, she’ll take advantage of Newcastle’s cooking classes.

Congratulations to Newcastle for 132 years of serving the community!