We are a bricks and clicks retail establishment supporting local producers of various natural food and grocery products in addition to being home to the Prairy brand line of healthy snack, gift, and outdoor products. Our goal is to be the center of community activity, located in the historic Hanlin-Lewis Mercantile Building at 6th & Main in the center of town. We offer a wide selection of local, Kansas-made products, healthful whole foods, gluten free snacks and mixes, a large selection of local meats, natural foods and bulk spices, coffees and teas, bulk household cleaning and personal care products, and a growing list of gift and outdoor products.
We make breads, bars, cakes, cookies and deserts daily which can be purchased in the front of the store and we take online pre-orders for special occasions. Newton is at the center of the state known as “The Breadbasket of the World”, and needless to say, we are proud of it!
Come by for lunch, a cup of coffee, a fresh squeezed juice, or a kombucha refill from our old fashioned, newfangled, juice bar. Or stop in and pick up one of our sandwiches, wraps, Banh Mi rolls, salads, fresh fruit cups or hummus dishes from the cooler.
Take-n-bake frozen meals are also a favorite from the deli kitchen, a full selection of which can be found in our freezer section along with Newtons own brand of home-made specialty ice cream by the Salted Creamery.
Come check out our line of Prairy Bites, Prairy Provisions, Prairy Life and Prairy Outdoors products, many of which are made on site in our Prairy production kitchen or in the local area and shipped to a growing list of discerning customers around the country. Locally produced food brands are often overlooked and undervalued in a market long-ago commoditized by large scale producers. Although we have chosen to invest in our packaging and processes to control and enhance product quality, small by choice is one of our moto’s that keeps us close to our customers. We offer a lot of free samples on site, so come in and taste the difference while watching us make the next batch of delicious product.
The Prairy brand was born from our family’s love for the flint hills of east-central Kansas near where we were raised and are raising our families today. Prairy Market is our growing main street location, a local tradition and community gathering spot since its founding as Prairie Harvest at the turn of the century (2000). With its roots in the cooperative food movement, and an initial focus on bulk and organic foods, the store has expanded its operations and product offering several times over the years. In 2005 the store was relocated to the corner of 6th and Main into the oldest Mercantile Building west of the Mississippi, and in 2011 the store added a small space for Peppernut production, the start of our wholesale product offering. The Gaeddert family joined the rich history of local ownership in 2014, adding an expanded baking operation where you can observe our delicious peppernuts being made and readied for shipment, as well as being served and sold in our retail store.
COVID has created many a challenge and even some opportunities for those willing to stretch. In 2021 we made the decision to introduce a small selection of Prairy® Outdoors products. If this rather unusual period in time has taught us anything, it is the need to support good diets with healthy lifestyles. Hence we are extending our natural and environmental friendly food and bulk product offering into the outdoor products arena with a focus on healthy lifestyles. Our hope is to emphasize a mix of planting, harvesting, cooking and eating, with outdoor living through promoting both individual and group outdoor activities. Finding ways to enjoy the flora, fauna, friends and family around us. Part of what we call community.