Food: Club Box

Mugshots makes buying local even easier

Mugshots Coffeehouse and Café has a deep commitment to local food, and their buying club is a logical extension of that philosophy. The weekly club is a simple way for customers to purchase food straight from the farm.

The club—which began modestly two years ago at Mugshots’ Manayunk location—has now extended to Fairmount, serving the café’s loyal base of customers. 

“It started out with a small group,” says Mugshots co-owner Jill Fink. “Then we received a grant from the Merchant Fund to help the program grow.”

A weekly newsletter, What’s Sprouting, is sent out each Sunday to those who register on Mugshots’ website (mugshotscoffeehouse.com). Customers can follow the order form link and select items they’d like based on what local farmers have produced that week. Categories include produce, dairy, poultry, vegan treats and locally-baked breads. 

“Ultimately, I think our customers understand and appreciate what we do because their food is coming from real people and not a factory farm somewhere,” says Fink. 

The ordering process runs from Sunday until Tuesdays at 2 p.m., though some items, like meat and raw dairy, must be ordered by Monday. Once the orders have been completed, employees box them for customers to pick up on Friday or Saturday at either location. 

“I love handing people their boxes with these beautiful carrots and turnips and beets sticking out from the top,” says Fink. “Being able to buy those things that have the greens still attached makes you have a connection with the earth.” - ARIELA ROSE

110 Cotton St., Manayunk, 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. & Sun., 215-482-3964.     

2100 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun., 267-514-7145