From Meal Kits to Marketplace
Local Baskit Celebrates New Hampshire Ingredients
“My husband says I have a bit of cookbook and food magazine addiction,” says Beth Richards. But she’s made the best of her obsession. In fact, as managing director and founder of Local Baskit located in Concord, New Hampshire, she’s on a mission to inspire Granite Staters to join the meal kit craze with her kits that highlight our local farms.
Local Baskit started in July 2016, offering numerous meal kit options for New Hampshire locals filled with farm-fresh ingredients sourced from the area, along with new recipes highlighting the week’s picks.
This past February, Local Baskit moved to a new location in Concord center. In the mornings, meal kits are prepared for customers, who can either pick their kits up or have them delivered to their doorsteps in recyclable packaging the next day. Local Baskit also offers numerous farmers markets in the area as meal pick-up locations. With pre-measured ingredients and their shopping done for them, folks have time to cook together in the kitchen along with the opportunity to try new recipes, flavors, and even a new vegetable or two.
Then, from noon until seven at night, the meal-kit-kitchen turns marketplace, offering all the ingredients that appear in the kits, as well as the opportunity to purchase a single meal. Marketplace offerings include local beer and wine, artisan breads, desserts from Tarte Bakery in Andover, NH and Modern Pastry from Boston, as well as local eggs, milks, cheeses, and meats.
Richards also has a vision for promoting local artisans and bringing the community together in her new space. “Some of our meals pair really well with a good IPA, so we want to create a space where people can get that, and also, on the other side of the spectrum, give folks the opportunity to purchase their eggs, sausage and bacon for Saturday morning breakfast.”
Local Baskit’s new location features products created by local artisans, as well as create a space for chocolate, beer, and wine tasting events, knife skills classes, how to make your own broth and salad dressings classes, and cookie decorating for the kids.
“We want this space to become a home for those folks who love local food and makers of things that are local and to encourage that in this community,” says Richards.
She runs the meal kit/marketplace operation with her business partner and creative director Carrie Turner. Turner, a photographer by trade, had Richards’ admiration from the beginning. “I admired her work for a long time and knew photography would be a key part of Local Baskit since you eat with your eyes; she was one of my first phone calls when I decided to go for it,” says Richards.
Both women attribute their passion for local ingredients to their childhoods. “We share a common upbringing that we actually didn't know about until we started working closely together; we were both raised to cherish local food, organic gardening, and family time around the dinner table. I think you can feel it in the meals we share,” says Richards.
Family and friends play a key role in helping to create the recipes that Local Baskit shares with their customers. “My family, friends, and neighbors have been the best taste tasters and my kids are ace garlic bulb peelers,” says Richards. She enjoys the taste testing aspect of her job the most, but when it comes to pairing New Hampshire ingredients, Richards finds her true talent is in matchmaking.
For more product, event, and meal kit information, visit Local Baskit’s website, localbaskit.com. For beers and single meal purchase, visit the Concord marketplace tab.