Before opening Mac’s Local Buys in the Clayton/Tamm neighborhood last year, Chris McKenzie was well known in St. Louis for his CSA of the same name. The brick-and-mortar shop allows you to browse an expanded inventory of the same local products, from fresh loaves of sourdough and naturally leavened country loaf by Mr. Meowski’s and Joey Vitale, respectively; grass-fed beef from Rain Crow Ranch in Doniphan, Missouri; poultry and eggs from Buttonwood Farm in California, Missouri; vegetables from Such and Such Farm in De Soto, Missouri, and Side Lot Farms in Benton Park; and pork from Meadowlark Farm, in Cuba, Missouri.

There are plenty of shelf-stable local items to complement the fresh, including Core + Rind’s vegan Cashew Cheesy Sauce; buttermilk biscuit mix from Juniper chef John Perkins; honey from Robin’s Honey Co. in St. Charles, Missouri; and pasta from Midwest Pasta Co. The market also features lovely pieces of functional pottery by Justin Leszcz of YellowTree, indulgent whipped body butters from Butter Love by L.C. and stylish crocheted scarves and “beer mittens” (a glove/koozie hybrid) by DottieQ.

In addition to McKenzie’s long-standing relationships with local farmers and producers through his CSA and now retail store, he also cooks with many of the same fresh ingredients at Mac’s Local Eats, the excellent burger joint he opened inside Tamm Avenue Grill next door to the shop.

Mac's Local Buys, 1221 Tamm Ave., Clayton/Tamm, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.479.8155,

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Liz Miller is editor in chief of Feast Magazine.

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