Somehow over the last few years, I have witnessed a shift in shopping trends. A couple of years ago, going to Walmart and getting everything you could possibly need all at once was the thing that everyone did. It was convenient and albeit crowded, it did the trick.

You could get your groceries, cleaning supplies, new sheets, paint for the bedroom, a goldfish, the newest DVD to watch later, a manicure kit and a new rose bush for the yard all in one quick swoop. But this is 2016, folks.

The ‘Shop Local’ trend is on fiiiyah. Support your neighbor’s businesses, support your town, do your part! What better way to do that is to hit up your local corner store. These are in every town, not just mine. Small markets with special amenities trump those big box stores any day.

Battaglia’s Dutch Ridge Dairy

My new local store, now that we are country livin’ in Brighton Township, is Battaglia’s Dutch Ridge Dairy. Years ago, this was Nicols’ Dairy. I remember as a kid driving up the hill to get some of the delicious chocolate milk they used to sell. It was the best, hands down!

Nicols’ Dairy Farm ceased operations in 1992 and the store was sold to the Kanapesky family who owned it for 20 years. Most recently, it was sold to Jessica and Joe Battaglia.

Tons of Local Products

Nowadays, Battaglia’s has a ton of different products and services. So much more than you would think for a small store! I wrote about the lunch meat in an article a few months back (you can read that here). To revisit that idea though, they have Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. This brings us in at least once a week. You can’t find Boar’s Head at Walmart or Giant Eagle, that’s for sure. In addition to the lunch meat, they also have Boar’s Head bacon and they had hams in for Christmas. I would imagine they would do the same for Easter (hint hint, Jessica).

Moving around the store, you will notice so many other local brands. They carry Rosalind chocolate, which is another article I wrote a few weeks ago. They have individually wrapped treats so you can get your peanut butter meltaway fix without having a two pound box laying around. I know that in this household, that just doesn’t end well.

In the cooler is Brunton’s milk, for those that do not use the Milkman home delivery service. You can bring in your empties and swap them out for full bottles. Milk, chocolate milk, whatever your poison. Also in the cooler, local Turners Poultry eggs.

Moving around the store, you will find Amish cookies made by Hershberger and a full line of Walnut Creek products. These are out of Ohio and do a lot of work with the Amish. Their jerky is amazing. Other items under this brand are cinnamon almonds, fudge and gummies.

Another great local product is the Hallowed Grounds coffee. If you have ever strolled down the main street of New Brighton and noticed the delicious scent of roasting coffee, this is what you were smelling: Hallowed Grounds. A local business that has been around for over nine years, Battaglia’s carries it so that you don’t have to go to New Brighton.

Speaking of time savers… they sell Police Station pizza. The Police Station pizza! We just ordered this for Toddler Beaverhausen’s birthday party (along with our My Hero’s party sub). The third of a mile drive to this dairy sure beats the drive to Ambridge, but not much beats Police Station pizza.

Most recently they started carrying Chocolates & Sweets by Rachael out of Aliquippa. She makes muffins, bark, cake pops, large buckeyes (um, yes please??), chocolate-stuffed Oreos, and so much more.

Prepared Foods

Now, all of those things are great, but they also do prepared foods. A daily lunch special, soup, and/or chili. Sandwiches made to order, with Boar’s Head meat and fresh Mancini’s bread. OR, if you are with a crowd, they can do sandwich rings, cheese trays, and all sorts of catering.

On Fridays, they have Loccisano’s sausage from Ellwood. Loccisano’s Golden Dawn has been around for over 100 years and they make their own sausage. Another hit on the prepared side, the broaster chicken. Broaster? Yes, broaster. It’s a combination of pressure cooking and deep frying that makes a darn tender and delicious bird.

In the morning, they are busy making lunches for the kiddos and adults alike. A sandwich, drink, chips and a treat, all packed up and ready for pickup on your way to school or the office. All prepped and ready to go!

Definitely call the day before for those or if you are really organized and like to plan ahead, you can order a week at a time and you will get a discount. Swing by in the morning, grab your lunch for the afternoon, a cuppa’ joe for the drive, and an Oram’s donut to get you going.

Yeah, that’s right. They have Oram’s too.

What happens when you are at work in the 15009 and you are craving a delicious Boar’s Head sandwich, but you just can’t leave your desk? This is the best BEST part. They deliver during the lunch hours of 11-4! If you combine orders, you’ll get a better deal. Ask Jessica about this when you call in your order.

If you haven’t checked out this Dairy in a while, be sure to go see them soon. Embrace your inner locavore and support all of these great small local businesses in one stop! Taste what Beaver County has to offer at Battaglia’s, and be sure to tell them Ana sent you! Jessica promised to sell me the winning Powerball ticket if I had enough referrals. 😉

Battaglia’s Dutch Ridge Dairy is located at 1635 Dutch Ridge Road in Beaver and can be reached at 724-728-3101. They are also on Facebook.

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!