greener grocer: a new CSA

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couple weeks ago i had the chance to sit down with michael jones of local matters and the greener grocer for a bit.

sharp guy.  doing all sorts of wonderful stuff.

we talked about connecting the dots in columbus.

e.g., a bunch of us are working towards the same common-good goals — albeit within different, but interconnected, building blocks, in some instances — why not do it together?

the sum is greater than its parts.  etc.

there’s already a proven international model for this in the form of BALLE networks, so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

whether it’s jennie, daniel, michelle, adam, jen, etc etc [insert the names of, like, 50 other people making it happen right now], i can’t tell you how many times i’ve had conversations with people interested in something like this.

a business alliance for a local living economy — an economy that sustains itself, our communities, and a healthy environment.

the time is right, no?

wherever these conversations lead, if we’re successful in pulling something together, no doubt local matters will play a major part. they’re doing inspired work.

on saturday, we were a bit late getting down to the grillmaster’s festival at the north market but we managed to catch part of michael’s presentation.

here he is slicing and dicing.

(jami says he looks like steven keaton, a high compliment…)

served up a beautiful salad with grilled pears and a nice vinaigrette that you can get inside the market at the greener grocer.

accessible and informative.

then we went inside to poke around a bit and found out about their urban CSA.

(for an intro into CSAs, check out lisa’s great post from last year.)

sign up, and starting next monday, june 30th, here’s what you get:

…weekly boxes of beautiful, tasty produce from various local growers who follow sustainable farming practices, including minimal or no use of chemical-based pesticides or herbicides….

Weekly food boxes will contain a bag of our house salad mix plus 5-7 different kinds of produce, with seasonal variation based on availability. Included in each weekly box will be information about the growers, their farming practices, and a delicious recipe for preparing the food.

As an extra incentive, The Greener Grocer will donate two food boxes for every ten paid boxes to the Clintonville Resource Center’s food pantry program.

the cost of a share for the 20-week program is $600 ($30 a week).  you can pay in full, up front, or (like us), using a credit card as a guarantee, purchase a share using their payment plan.

  • $150.00 at the time when you submit your application
  • $150.00 by July 15th
  • $150.00 by August 15th
  • Final payment of $150.00 by September 15th

there are two sites where you can pick up your weekly food box:

  • Clintonville Resource Center
  • The Greener Grocer (curb side pick-up available between 4PM-6PM. Just call ahead and identify your vehicle!)

and memberships can be pro-rated, too, if you’re late getting in.

[note: the website has 6/24 as the start date, but all the material at the market said 6/30.]

been wanting to try something like this for a while, so it should be a great learning experience. plus it’s the perfect chance to support an organization that’s making things better.

[ps. identity design by element.]

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