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Good Food Market:
Sponsored by CDPHP
The public face of the Grow Center expansion will be its street-level Market, designed to better meet the needs of the surrounding food desert. With a broader range of products, longer hours and greater visibility than Capital Roots current market, this stand-alone 1,700 square-foot market (with 500 square feet of outdoor sales space) improves on Phase 1’s produce stand, letting all community members know the Grow Center and its services are there for them.
The Market’s open design, accessible to people of all walks of life, will offer affordable and local fruits and vegetables all year long, as well as value-added products from our kitchen and other regional producers, in addition to local meat and dairy. The Market will also include two fitted spaces for local entrepreneurs to operate their food-based businesses without the initial costs that are typically the downfall of many start-ups. These businesses will be nurtured in our space so they can build a customer base and eventually strike out on their own.
Phase II: The Incubator Kitchen
Open 24/7 for the development and support of local food-based businesses. There budding entrepreneurs will be connected with our network of farms and sales outlets, giving them access to both the raw materials and the markets necessary for lasting success. Beyond access to four unique commercial kitchen spaces, with its equipment, culinary support and a regional food hub across the hall, entrepreneurs will benefit from business mentoring services.
Second Food Hub
Capital Roots will add a second regional Food Hub with the highest level of food safety necessary to serve institutional customers, especially local schools, with local farm products.
In 2017, Capital Roots became certified by the USDA for Good Handling and Good Agricultural practices. This certification, coupled with an expanded hub, will ensure all institutions from child care centers and soup kitchens to school districts and faith-based communities are able to purchase from and support the regional farm economy. A new chilled cut and prep area will allow the transformation of local produce into diced, cubed and other product that institutions and individuals need and want.
If you would like to learn more about our Capital Campaign, please contact our CEO, Amy.
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