The Local Fare Brings All Things Maker-Made to East Arlington

The new shop carries Kitchen Millie Cookies, Nutty Life milks, Boston Bonbon, and more unique, crafty products.
The Local Fare Arlington cofounders

Michelle Wax, Caroline Huffstetler, and Rita Ng at the Local Fare. / Photo provided

The town of Arlington has a new, one-stop shop for all things crafty and homemade. The Local Fare opened today at 1 p.m., Eater Boston reported. Three Boston-based makers teamed up on a shared kitchen and storefront showcasing unique, locally made products ranging from pottery and jewelry, to organic soaps and creams, to spices, pickles, baked goods, and more.

The Local Fare stocks all three founders’ goods: Caroline Huffstetler’s Nutty Life cashew and almond milks and vegan “cookie dough” bites, Michelle Wax’s two-bite cookies, under the label Kitchen Millie, and Boston Bonbon French macarons by Rita Ng.

Other contributors include 2 Dogs Treats, Studdly jewelry, Kitchen + Kraft, with hand-dyed napkins, mini planters, and more (coming Thursday); the Roasted Granola Co., Evy Tea, Fox Point Pickles, Commonwealth Cold Brew, Bondat Foods, Naked Cow Beef Jerky, and more.

“We’ve grown to know each of these makers well, whether it be through chatting during farmers markets or any other way, so we’re super excited to share their handcrafted products with the Boston area,” Wax says.

During today’s soft opening, Huffstetler debuted two new collaborative drinks: a vanilla cashew cold brew, made with Barismo Coffee, and Taza Chocolate cashew milk. She plans to eventually offer healthy breakfast bowls made with her nut milks, possibly as a weekend brunch offering. “I want to build that into the schedule down the road as we get into the groove of things,” she says.

The three cofounders began using the new commissary kitchen in July, and they are feeling out the schedule and space before inviting other makers to use it.

Going forward, the Local Fare is open Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. and 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. on weekends.

The Local Fare, 2 Lake St., Arlington, Facebook.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com