At VanDeli in Ava, Missouri, owners Travis Barry and Kaycee Vandelicht Barry turn the bounty of fresh produce from local farms – including theirs – into universally loved lunches.
Designed to heal and sustain, the from-scratch dishes on the weekly menus highlight all-natural ingredients. The bánh mì wrap, for example, combines fresh and pickled vegetables, garlic aïoli and your choice of teriyaki-marinated protein – from Glade Top beef to Peace Valley Poultry pasture-raised chicken to Top Shelf Fungi lion’s mane mushrooms – in gluten-free cassava flour tortillas.
The couple also crafts superfood lattes and medicinal nonalcoholic cocktails, and all of their desserts are paleo – we recommend the salted tahini “caramel” bar made with an almond flour shortbread crust.
Perhaps the best part of this dynamic farm-to-deli eatery, though, is the affordable prices. As Kaycee says, it’s about serving real food to as many people as possible.
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VanDeli, 133 S. Jefferson St. (inside Jean’s Healthway), Ava, Missouri, farmtodeli.com