Jeff and Barrita Shanks take great pride in raising their cattle without growth hormones or antibiotics, and Jeff’s homegrown feed is free of pesticides and animal by-products. Jeff’s family has been on the land since 1942. He’s been in agriculture his whole life and started Seven Bridges about ten years ago to raise beef for the restaurant he owned, Crossroads Restaurant. Jeff later sold the restaurant and began growing a customer base on the farm.
Generosity. Kindness. Relationships. Those Hart family values are alive and well in Rochester. So are many descendants of the first Harts who arrived here and built their namesake grocery store business.
WROC News 8 February 18, 2014 Ashley Zilka highlights the excitement from our neighbors about our downtown grocery store. Read more: “COMIDA gives green light on Hart’s Grocer”
TWC News Rochester February 18, 2014 Monroe County has approved tax incentives for our new downtown store at 10 Winthrop Street. “Tax exemptions approved for proposed downtown grocery store”
13WHAM ABC February 18, 2014 Increased population has encouraged new business development in downtown Rochester. Read more: “Downtown grocery store moves forward”
CITY Newspaper February 18, 2014 CITY’s story on our local neighbors who have invested in Hart’s and tax Read more: “COMIDA approves incentives for Hart’s project”
WHEC 10NBC Janet Lomax’s story on our moving forward with a spring 2014 opening date. February 18, 2014 Read more: “Update on downtown grocery store”
Democrat and Chronicle February 13, 2014 Tom Tobin’s coverage of our #MyHartsWishList campaign. We want this to be your store! Read more: “Hart’s Local Grocers seeks ideas on store items”
How many gallons of sap does it take to make one gallon of maple syrup? Any guesses? 5? 10? Think higher. Much higher.
Dean joined the leadership team at Hart’s Local Grocers after meeting founder Glenn Kellogg in 2012. But there was a long and biopic-worthy road that led him to Rochester.