Lost River Co-op is Open

Lost River Market and Deli is open for business in downtown Paoli.  The co-op is a full-service grocery store with an emphasis on locally produced goods and natural foods. The Market welcomes all shoppers, all the time. The store will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lost River Market and Deli is located off the downtown square, one block east of the Paoli Post Office, which is located on Hwy. 37 north, or directly behind Riley’s Marathon Oil, located on Hwy 150 East.  The building was built in 1949 as a neighborhood grocery store.

The Lost River Market and Deli is a project of the Lost River Community Co-op, a member-owned corporation which has been working on opening a natural food grocery store for over two years. 

The store is a full-service grocery store featuring natural and organic foods, some conventional items, a large produce department, prepared deli foods, regional cheese, and dairy products. It includes over 150 natural or organic bulk food items, over 120 bulk teas, herbs and spices, and a full line of bulk, fair trade coffees.

The selection of local products will increase over time, but the store opened with local pumpkins and squash from Jon and Norma Hoffman of Lawrence County, hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes from Irma Hasenour of Dubois County, greens and turnips from Alan Bishop of Washington County plus assorted herbs and peppers produced locally.

Local eggs are supplied by Tater Road Farms.  The meat department features local, natural meats from Preferred Meats of Sellersburg and fresh, natural pork from Hall Farms, Paoli, and natural, fresh beef from Fischer Farms, Dubois County. Brad Alstrom, general manager of Lost River Market and Deli, says, “Our commitment to offer fresh, local products, will set us apart from all other shopping options for local consumers.  We hope to increase the connection between consumers and local producers as the year goes on.”

Rosie Spilmon from Mitchell heads up the wellness department.  Besides a full line of homeopathic medicines, vitamins, supplements, and products for mothers and children, Rosie will shares a vast amount of experience.Local soaps and body lotions are produced by Robin Young of Mitchell and Dee Brinkworth of Lawrence County.