The Villages Grown opens first retail store

Terry Byers and her friend, Caroline Gist, shop for fresh produce at The Villages Grown store in Brownwood.

The Villages Grown has opened its first retail store at the Brownwood town center. Residents will discover high-quality organic vegetables, microgreens, herbs, honey and other products in a country-store setting at 2666 W. Torch Lake Drive, said Ryan McCabe, The Villages operations manager. The unveiling of this new store is the next step in The Villages’ mission to create America’s healthiest hometown by providing locally grown produce that exceeds U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for organic products, he said. “The Villages thrives to provide our residents and community with opportunities to enjoy and enhance their lifestyles, whether physically, emotionally or spiritually,” McCabe said. “You see it on the squares at night, in the fitness centers, while volunteering or at social outings. Our goal always has been to provide the resources necessary for our residents to live a happier and healthier lifestyle. The Villages Grown is a new concept aimed at continuing that mission and created to provide Villagers easy access to the foods that will fuel their daily lifestyles.”

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