That's the goal of the Quad Cities Food Hub, a store located in the Freight House Farmers' Market.
The hub has made some giant strides since it opened this past January.
The 2,200 square foot space, is filled with local and regional food, and non-food products.
"There is no middle man. The farmer that walks in here has a conversation with me, we wholesale their product, and then we offer it to consumers," said Wendy Saathoff of the Quad Cities Food Hub.
2 years ago Saathoff, a group of city officials, and food enthusiasts got together with an idea: to make a place where people living in the quad cities could go to get fresh, local products.
And this past January, their dream became a reality.
"It's a conversation once people come in. It's not just a big box store where you come in you kind of do your shopping. Like I said it really is getting to know who you're buying from getting to know who your farmer is," said Saathoff.
And today, the Quad Cities Food Hub has grown by leaps and bounds.
Saathoff and her team have extended hours and days, are accepting food stamps as payment, and have installed freezers and coolers.
"We can now offer more meat producers, local dairy, local eggs," said Saathoff.
Improvements customers like Amie Rogers like to take advantage of.
"We get a lot of dairy, local dairy, we get coffee, we love our coffee, honey, syrup," said Rogers.
And the Quad Cities Food Hub isn't just a Mecca for local food lovers.
It's also a valuable alternative for farmers.
"We have a market right there at the farm but we grow a lot of vegetables so we wanted to also have another outlet down in the Quad Cities, right inside town," said Tracey Kuehl of Magnolia Crest Farms.
Wendy said she reminds customers who come into the food hub they're supporting local farmers.
And that what you're buying, is going to mean a healthier you in the long–run.
"If you are buying produce that is a mile down the street compared to produce that comes from California, it's just kind of common sense. I mean, there's not processing when you're buying from a local farm," said Saathoff.
The next step for the food hub is refurbishing their kitchen this spring.
It'll be used as a place where local bakers and cooks who don't have their own commercial kitchen can go to make their product.
By Ashley Richmond email@example.com Layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts. These are just a few of the consequences that more Illinois school districts could be seeing if a proposed decreaseMore >>
Illinois school districts could be seeing more layoffs, larger class sizes, and program cuts if a proposed decrease to the 2014 K-12 education budget passes.More >>
By CBS4 Newsroom firstname.lastname@example.org The Kinetic King made his way to the Family Museum in Bettendorf Saturday to show off his unique skills. Tim Ford showed his skills using 500 dominos, 600 cups,More >>
The Kinetic King made his way to the Family Museum in Bettendorf Saturday to show off his unique skills.More >>
By CBS4 Newsroom email@example.com In Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is trying to make a push for women's rights. The Illinois representative kicked off a week-long set of roundtableMore >>
In Rock Island, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is trying to make a push for women's rights.More >>
By CBS4 Newsroom Newsroom@cbs4qc.com Some beautiful weather today means you might find more motorcycles on the road. First responders met Saturday to learn what to do when there's a motorcycle accident. AsMore >>
First responders met Saturday to learn what to do when there's a motorcycle accident.More >>
by: Tallie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org And who could forget the annual parade that went from Rock Island to Davenport. The parade featured local dance groups, Irish music, and plenty of green beads. AndMore >>
And who could forget the annual parade that went from Rock Island to Davenport.
The parade featured local dance groups, Irish music, and plenty of green beads.
by: Cbs4newsroom CHICAGO (AP) _ Bruce Rauner's wealth has been an underlying theme throughout the campaign for Illinois governor, from his choice of wristwatch to critics' questions about his businessMore >>
Bruce Rauner's wealth has been an underlying theme throughout the campaign for Illinois governor, from his choice of wristwatch to critics' questions about his business dealings.More >>