Wednesday, August 29, 2007

link to great news about Harrison Ave. Market

Harrison Market

Mobile Market info and link

Business Plan for the New Orleans Mobile Market

Executive Summary

The mission of the New Orleans Mobile Market is To Bring Groceries to People.

The New Orleans Mobile Market is envisioned as a collaboration of the New Orleans Food Co-op, Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and The Mobile Market is currently in the planning stage. We hope to have it up and running this winter ('07) or early in the fall.

This partnership will leverage the distribution and transportaion strengths of Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the outdoor market operational strengths of and the grassroots consumer organizing capacity of the New Orleans Food Co-op.

The Mobile Market equipment will consist of a refurbished beverage truck or trailer equipped with refrigerated compartments, freezer compartments, shelving and gravity fed bulk bins.

The operation will be managed by a Retial Market Manager hired and supervised by and an Inventory control Manager hired and supervised by Second Harvest.

The Mobile Market will be located in three areas of the City with limited or no access to grocery stores carrying fresh food. Three days a week, the Mobile Market will go to one of the three market locations and will be open for business at the same time and place.

The New Orleans Mobile Market will provide access to healthy, affordable groceries to families in post-Katrina New Orleans neighborhoods underserved by existing grocery outlets. The Mobile Market will:

1. sell groceries (fresh, local produce, seafood and dairy, bulk foods, some packaged foods, and some cleaning supplies) in areas of New Orleans left underserved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
2. give away some food provided by Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in areas of New Orleans left underserved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
3. provide an ordering and distribution point for special orders through the Food Co-op’s buying club increasing access to healthy and affordable groceries; and
4. offer information about healthy, affordable meals.


Local buying club is growing

Check out the great website to learn about the New Orleans Food Coop's work to build a storefront- and to learn about the buying club.

2 events coming up:

Storage Room Workday
September 1 2:00 pm

3217 1/2 Toulouse Street (go around back)
help them build their new storeroom; all skill levels welcome!

Wednesday, September 5
6:00 p.m.

625 N. Rendon Mid City
bring a dish or, if you like, just come and enjoy the community
Family and friends welcome

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Circle Food Store open store day

from a comment page online from a exiled New Orleanian:
"I sincerely hope the neighbors turn out for the trial event. I agree they should have given the public a heads up on the event. I have many memories of the Circle Food Store from my childhood up to my adulthood. My fondest memories were during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. My husband and I would go to purchase bell peppers. They would be on sale for 8 or 10 for $1.00!!! Can't get that anywhere in the United States. I mostly enjoyed the conversation and sharing holiday receipes with other shoppers. That is why I long to return home. The shoppers here are not friendly at all and the prices here for one bellpepper is $0.89. They stand in line behind you or pass beside you with their shopping basket and act as if you are invisible. How many of you remember the Easter holidays, with all the Easter rabbits, pecan, heavenly hash and gold brick eggs???? The snack bar in the old days was the bomb. Gumbo crabs, shrimp, catfish and crawfish were to die for. You could also purchase school uniforms and supplies for your kids at Circle Food Store. Cash checks, purchase money orders and pay your utility bills there too. If I were back home I'd surely attend the grand opening. Hope everyone goes out to the grand openinG. Email your friends or call by phone and spread the word so they can return the Circle Food Store back to the neighborhood. Block by block we can get the old 7th ward back better than ever. Y'all pray for me and my family that we are able to return soon. GOD BLESS YOU ALL."

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Great day for local food:
3 farmers markets running nearby
Circle Store having a trial run on Claiborne and St. Bernard
Vegan Potluck at The Green Project this evening
The New Orleans Food Community working on their new buying club storage space