Springfield Butcher has been filling bellies and empty barbecue pits with fresh, hand-cut steaks and seafood for more than 30 years. Prime cuts of beef range from filet mignon and Prime rib roast to flank steak, cube steak, and fun-size steaks perfect for trick-or-treaters. Other protein options run the gamut from Danish-style pork ribs to game meats including buffalo, venison leg steaks, and wild boar.
Sausages made in-house are available smoked or un-smoked, and bacon wraps its smoky flavor around scallops, which?like the rest of the shop's seafood offerings?are delivered fresh every day, except Sunday. Those looking to go from stove to table as quickly as possible can also opt for oven-ready entrees such as chicken cordon bleu or pork chops with onion stuffing.
Beyond the striped awning of Fern Street Gourmet lays a deli case, shelves of bottles, and a host of cardboard boxes and wooden crates. The culinary connoisseurs behind the counter want you to know where their goods come from, from fine Spanish wines at budget prices or hard-to-find European candies. Shoppers can browse hundreds of cheeses, meats, beers, and party snacks on their own or turn to staff, who can assemble towering custom gift baskets and point them toward the perfect hostess gift to say "Welcome to your new home" or "Sorry I ate that entire cheese platter last time."
At some point, most children run a lemonade stand; Cary Nalls, however, broke into the business world with a produce stand. In the early 1960s, young Cary and his grandparents had a garden that grew more goodies than they could eat. So Cary convinced them to set up a stand, which quickly expanded to a tent, which eventually turned into a permanent structure. By age 15, when most kids are pouring all their time into being popular or getting taller, Cary had himself a bustling business.
Today, family members runs things at Nalls Produce. Despite its success over the years, the store still identifies itself as a roadside market. Trucks arrive multiple times per week loaded with fresh produce, keeping the shelves stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables. In the fall, Nalls transforms into a pumpkin patch, where children explore tubes and tunnels made of straw; in the winter, the property becomes a Christmas-tree lot. The store remains just as connected to the community now as it was in the '60s, too; it works with local schools, charities, and organizations on numerous projects.
If you’re looking for a quick stop to pick up some cheese, Cheesetique is not the place. That’s because everything in the store—from the eye-catching cheese wheels to the aromas of uncorked wine—encourages guests to linger, creating an ambiance typical of a Parisian bistro. The shop functions as both a boutique and a café, with staff splitting their time between serving up their award-winning mac 'n' cheese and cutting wedges of cheese to order. The staff has curated a menu of 300 American and European cheeses, each of which are available for sampling. But the best way to sample the vast selection is with a cheese-tasting board, which, when paired with a complementary wine and smattering of charcuterie, creates a mouth explosion larger than that of demolition dentistry. Though their wine and beer list is as imposing as their cheese variety, the staff has segmented the list into easily identifiable categories such as malty bocks, bold reds, and sparkling rosés.
Brothers and business partners James and Adam Roth fill their store with a cornucopia of curated artisan foods, from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer. A chalkboard outside the shop's modern colonial windows introduces visitors to the featured cheese of the week. As visitors enter, wine racks and displays sprawl before them, cradling more than 500 different bottles from across the world. The shelves of vino lead toward the back of the store, where cases of artisan cheese and meats lie in tantalizing splendor. The selection spans the cheese spectrum. Goat's-milk cheeses give tenderly beneath knives, and the tissue-like bloomy rinds of soft cheese split aromatically. Crimson wax cloaks firm wheels of cheddar studded with mustard seeds or Cajun spices, and the resident cheesemongers also marinate their own sheep-milk feta with herbs.
Salami and p?t?s beg to flesh out cheese plates along with a weekend selection of crusty bread and pastries. An ever-rotating stock of beers generally includes more than 300 varieties of local and international brews. Tartness leaps from lambics, traditional Belgian beers fermented with wild yeasts and aged in barrels, and dark-roasted malt lends a chocolate hue to Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier crafted in North Carolina. On weekends, the tasting room fills with the chatter of patrons learning to detect grassy notes in samples of wine or guess when a sommelier has been rolling around the in the grass.