Spotlight on the Importance of Locally Sourced Food

Locally Sourced FoodHave you ever compared the taste of “typical” store-bought produce to locally sourced food? We’ve seen the reaction ourselves and it’s so great to see the expression on people’s faces when they realize, “This is what a tomato is supposed to taste like.” The same rings true for cantaloupe, corn, peppers and so many more things and don’t taste “like they should,” when they’ve been massed produced and trucked or flown in from another state or country.

The Importance of Locally Sourced Food

The difference in taste and the desire to support local businesses are two important reasons the Mill Market in the Hawley Silk Mill is so focused on providing customers with locally sourced food.

The Mill Market is a retail and grocery story in Hawley, PA that carries a variety of locally produced food and products made within a 200-mile radius of Lake Wallenpaupack Region of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. In addition, the Market does carry a targeted selection of fine specialty products that aren’t available locally.

Food Mileage Labels

Logos Food MileageWhen you shop at Mill Market, you’ll find dairy, bulk items, coffee, fruits and vegetables and more. But how can you tell where the food comes from? The labels at Mill Market let you know loud and clear. Just look for the labels to find locally sourced food and goods made within 50, 100 or 200 miles.

Some of the farms the Mill Market supports include:

  • Calkins Creamery Honesdale, PA
  • Anthill Farm Honesdale, PA
  • Hardler Farm Honesdale, PA
  • Maynard Farms Ulster Park, NY
  • Coutts Blueberry Farm Paupack, PA

Beyond Local

There certainly are some items out there that cannot be sourced locally and are still worthwhile, and that’s why Mill Market also has a “Beyond Local” series of items. These items fall outside the 200-mile radius, but still come from reputable resources and complement the locally sourced food and items that are the mainstay of the market.

Tasting Events

Curious about the food Mill Market carries? Come to one of the tasting events held each Saturday from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. They are free and allow you to sample delicious locally sourced food. Recent feared items have included:

Check out the Calendar of Events page on the Hawley Silk Mill website to get the latest info on scheduled tastings at the Mill Market.

Location and Hours

The Mill Market is located inside the Hawley Silk Mill open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Silk Mill in Hawley has been a vital part of this community since its construction in 1880. Its many incarnations over the years have included a silk factory with the foremost technology of the day, a textile factory and antique center. Never has it been more vibrant than today. The vision for the repurposed factory is to have a center that celebrates the lifestyle of the Pocono Lake Region – a place for the residents and visitors alike to shop, gather, eat, exercise, and learn.

The Hawley Silk Mill is located at 8 Silk Mill Drive in Hawley, PA. Come visit us!

Photo Credit: Mill Market