Little Moo's Gourmet Market

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By Kayla Frost | Photograph by Paul Markow

Jennifer and Marat Shkandin, travel agents from New York, were so impressed by the Verde Valley and 

Cottonwood on their road-trip honeymoon in 2010 that they couldn’t stop returning. “We would joke that even though we could go anywhere in the world, we just kept wanting to come back to this place,” Jennifer says. “I felt like if you could have a destination be a soul mate, this was ours.”

During one of their many visits to Cottonwood, the Shkandins saw a “For Rent” sign on the door of the vacant Black Canyon Trading Post building on Main Street. It was then that they decided to move to Cottonwood and open the one business they believed was missing from Old Town: a one-stop shop for world-class meats and cheeses, decadent snacks and other specialty food items. Shortly thereafter, in 2016, Little Moo’s Gourmet Market, named to honor Jennifer’s late “Aunt Moo,” was born.  

The Shkandins source their goods from small farms and independent food makers they discover in Arizona and beyond. With so many tempting options, it can be hard to decide what to choose at Little Moo’s. Luckily, sampling is encouraged. “My absolute favorite thing is having someone taste something at the shop and seeing their face light up with delight,” Jennifer says.

Popular items at the market include craft chocolate bars (try the lavender with sea salt or the cannoli cream), bacon and raspberry smoked maple jams, and farmstead cheeses. If you’re looking for a meal, Little Moo’s has that, too, with its affordable deli sandwiches made with premium ingredients. 

The deli, opened in 2018, offers classic sandwiches with a twist — such as its peanut butter and jelly, which consists of honey peanut butter and organic, vanilla-infused banana jam on toasted challah bread.

There’s also an Italian sandwich, with salami, pepperoni, fontina, sharp provolone and a mix of herbs and peppers on a baguette. A sandwich with summer sausage, cheddar cheese curds and spicy brown mustard on sourdough is a customer favorite. Grilled cheeses are served vegetarian or with a peppercorn bacon jam, and both options are mouthwatering. Really, just close your eyes and point to the menu, and you’ll be happy with what you get.

Just note that Little Moo’s sandwich orders are to go — but they easily can be enjoyed during a stroll down Main Street, at a nearby park or anywhere else you please.

Little Moo's Gourmet Market is located at 1035 N. Main Street in Cottonwood. For more information, call 928-592-8705 or visit www.littlemoosaz.com.