The new La Merenda Market, which is located just around the corner from La Merenda at 809 S. Barclay St., opens today at 10 a.m.
And it might be a cozy little shop, but it’s filled to the brim with fresh delicious items from local farms and specialty purveyors.
Step inside and you’ll find a cold case stocked with locally sourced butter, eggs and cheeses, as well as a variety of proteins including chicken, pork, beef, goat and lamb.
But only a fraction of the bounty can be displayed in the case, so be sure to check out the menu board behind the counter, which features all of the meats available on a given day, as well as a listing of prepared food items, which might vary from delis filled with La Merenda’s butter chicken or make-your-own-risotto kits featuring locally grown mushrooms.
Right now the list of available meats include chicken (whole, leg quarters and boneless skin-on breast), beef (hangar, ribeye and sirloin steak), goat stew meat, lamb (shanks, ground lamb, stew meat) and pork (loin, belly, shoulder, trotters).
The meats – which are are cut and trimmed by onsite butcher, Dan Bolton – will vary from week to week and season to season. But the selection is likely to include cuts from area purveyors including Wisconsin Meadows and Glenrock, La Clare, Maple Creek and Three Brothers Farms.
There will also be a variety of fresh sausages. Currently, the selection includes andouille, Argentinian chorizo, bangers, breakfast sausage, chicken patties, mortadella, pastrami and veal knockwurst. There's also bacon, stocks (chicken, pork or beef), condiments like bread and butter pickles, roasted olives and chimichurri, and a selection of prepared heat-and-eat foods.
Owner Peter Sandroni says the product mix will change, based on both what's coming into the restaurants and customer demand. If business is good, the shop could also expand – both in square footage and product selection – to include shelf stable items and specialty offerings like truffle oil or wine.
Beginning Jan. 14, the La Merenda Market will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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