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Anthony Bourdain’s Food Market Takes Shape - The New York Times

New York has had an explosion of megamarkets and food halls over the last five years, but this one promises to be different for several reasons, starting with its epic size: 155,000 square feet, dwarfing the city’s other food markets. The project’s ambition and risks are formidable, most notably the task of securing visas for scores of small overseas vendors, then transporting and housing them here.

“It’s going to involve a lot of visas, a big challenge,” Mr. Werther said.

Still, some question whether the city, with its wealth of recent immigrants, and their foods, needs to import new options.
chefs  restaurants  New_York_City  Anthony_Bourdain  real_estate  entrepreneur  farmers'_markets  personal_branding  food  gourmands  communal 
september 2015 by jerryking
Where to eat and drink like a true Montrealer - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 30 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by KARAN SMITH

Jean-Talon Market

This is a twofer: If I’m going to the market and I haven’t had a coffee yet, I’ll go down to Dante to this place called Caffé San Simeon, which is near the market. I’ll go get a coffee. I’ll go get my beans. Then I’ll go over to the market. And within the market, I have a few go-tos. It’s where I do a lot of my grocery shopping. There’s the cheese guys. There’s the potato guys. There’s literally a mushroom guy. He has all kinds of other stuff but his main thing is foraging for stuff around Quebec. Caffé San Simeon: 39 Rue Dante,; Jean-Talon: 7070 Avenue Henri Julien,
travel  things_to_do  farmers'_markets  Montreal  restaurants 
october 2013 by jerryking
Jack and Jake's Connects Local Growers to New Orleans' Food Culture
Jack and Jake's Connects Local Growers to New Orleans' Food Culture
A new food hub is focused on delivering fresh, local fish and produce to underserved communities in New Orleans.
Nov 13, 2012
farmers'_markets  New_Orleans  underserved 
november 2012 by jerryking
Consumer Segments in Urban and Suburban Farmers Markets
Volume 13, Issue 2, 2010| International Food and Agribusiness Management Review | by Gabriel Elepua and Michael A. Mazzoccob
farmers'_markets  market_segmentation  agriculture  agribusiness  urban  suburban  customer_segmentation 
october 2012 by jerryking
10 things farm stands won’t tell you - MarketWatch
Sept. 17, 2012, 10:02 a.m. EDT
10 things farm stands won’t tell you

By Charles Passy
myths  farming  farmers'_markets  agriculture 
september 2012 by jerryking
July/August 2006 |ATLANTIC MAGAZINE|By Corby Kummer.

The future of shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables
organic  shopping  future  fruits  vegetables  farmers'_markets  online_groceries  supermarkets  Whole_Foods  shopping_experience  locavore  e-commerce  CSA  warehouses  FreshDirect 
july 2012 by jerryking
Upscale farmers' markets springing up - The Globe and Mail
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Apr. 09, 2012
april 2012 by jerryking
BALTA B5 - Farmers Markets Lit Review (Final).pdf (application/pdf Object)
Farmers Markets, Local Food Systems and the Social Economy: A Thematic Literature Review
Authors: Hergesheimer, Chris
Huddart Kennedy, Emily
february 2012 by jerryking
Food hubs offer a strategic path toward profitable sustainability — Transition Voice
By Naomi Starkman November 11, 2011

Investment opportunities

In order to build a successful food hub, start-up capital is often needed to renovate facilities for aggregation, storage, packing, light processing, and distribution.

In addition, working capital is necessary for business management systems to coordinate supply chain logistics. Financial support is also needed for enterprise development training and technical assistance to increase grower capacity to meet wholesale buyer requirements.

“As with any infrastructure-heavy project, a food hub will likely require several different forms of capital to launch successfully,” said Elizabeth Ü, Founder and Executive Director of Finance for Food, and author of the forthcoming book, Finance for Food: A Sustainable Food Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Mission-Aligned Capital.

Ü noted that a food hub might need to structure a variety of points of entry to appeal to potential investors, who may have different risk tolerances, time horizons, and investment amounts. She said,

A little creativity can go a long way; in addition to USDA grants and traditional loans, there are several innovative investment models that food entrepreneurs are using to raise capital, including revenue-sharing agreements, advance sales, and crowdfunding. The challenge is finding a good fit between investment terms and the values of both the food hub management and each investor.

The USDA sees food hubs as ripe investment opportunities and is currently funding nearly 30 percent of the food hubs it surveyed. Preliminary analysis shows that food hubs have great economic potential and are a sound investment. The USDA is preparing a more comprehensive resource guide for food hubs to be released later this year. The guide will feature a mix of government and non-government resources available for food hub development.
farmers'_markets  entrepreneurship  finance  investors  risk-appetite  time_horizons 
february 2012 by jerryking
USDA Investing in Growth of Farmers Markets
USDA Investing in Growth of Farmers Markets
by Lindsey Kratochwill | Dec 13, 2011
february 2012 by jerryking
New report urges the government to invest in farmers markets
WorldWatch Blogs Nourishing the Planet 2011-08-30

By Graham Salinger
farmers'_markets  investing 
february 2012 by jerryking
Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Committees | Committee Transcripts | Standing Committee on Government Agencies - - Ontario Food Terminal Board
Committee Transcripts: Standing Committee on Government Agencies - November 24, 1993 - Ontario Food Terminal Board
Ontario Food Terminal Board
farmers'_markets  Ontario  cold_storage  OFT 
january 2012 by jerryking
USDA Blog » Farmers Markets at Your Fingertips: How the Community is Using Our Open Data
Posted by Michael T. Jarvis, Director, AMS Public Affairs, on August 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM
farmers'_markets  open_source  data 
december 2011 by jerryking
Emerging Opportunities for Local Food in U.S. Consumer Markets
August 2008 | | by Debra Tropp, Chief
Farmers Market and Direct Marketing Research Branch
Marketing Services Division
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
local  farmers'_markets  USDA  food 
december 2011 by jerryking
The Ontario Food Terminal: A unique service for the food industry
The Ontario Food Terminal: A unique service for the food industry
Anonymous. Canadian Grocer118. 10 (Dec 2004/Jan 2005): 40A,40B,40C,40D
food  infrastructure  cold_storage  Toronto  farmers'_markets  supply_chains  OFT  ProQuest 
december 2011 by jerryking
Inside The Ontario Food Terminal
October 7, 2007 | BolgTO | Tim

The Ontario Food Terminal (OFT) is the largest wholesale fruit and produce distribution centre in Canada, and the third largest in North America after LA and Chicago. It sits on a 40 acre lot at the foot of Etobicoke. Nestled next to the Gardiner Expressway, the OFT is in full view to thousands of Torontonians every day on their way in and out of the city but few have ever entered its doors. It's not open to the public. It's a strictly wholesale operation and a vendor permit and $155 fee (paid every two years) is required for admission.
food  food_crops  distribution  supply_chains  cold_storage  blogs  Toronto  farmers'_markets  OFT 
november 2011 by jerryking
An emerging market for market data -
June 29, 2008 | The New York Times | By Tim Arango.

the company has been testing a program called Reuters Market Light for several months in Maharashtra, an Indian state about the size of Italy. The state is one of India's prominent agricultural centers, with farmers growing onions, oranges, corn, soybeans, wheat and bananas. But the farmers' business suffers from the difficulty of comparing prices from one market to another.

"We kind of saw that there was a clear market inefficiency," said Mans Olof-Ors, a Reuters employee who had the idea for Market Light three years ago. "The farmer would decide which market to travel to, then would just sell to that market. So there was no competition between markets."

Reuters has dispatched about 60 market reporters to the region to report on the going price for, say, oranges or onions, and to package the data into a text message that is sent to subscribers.

The service is signing up about 220 subscribers a day at a price of 175 rupees, or about $4.10, for three months at post offices throughout Maharashtra. The average monthly income of a farm household is about $50, according to the Indian government. The service has about 40,000 customers so far - a tiny portion of India's farm population, which is in the hundreds of millions, but it proves that many farmers are hungry for more information.

Reuters has collected anecdotal evidence from farmers about how the service has influenced their decisions about crop sales. One farmer, according to Reuters, held back the sale of 30 quintals of soybeans - one quintal equals 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds - for 15 days after noticing that prices had been rising for several days. He was able to get 400 extra rupees a quintal.

Amit Mehra, managing director of Market Light, said early data showed that most subscribers were making more money from their crops.
food_crops  Thomson_Reuters  India  farmers'_markets  pricing  data  market_inefficiencies  inefficiencies  mobile_phones  text_messages  data_marketplaces  anecdotal 
october 2011 by jerryking
Where to find farmers’ markets in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 13, 2011
farmers'_markets  Toronto 
may 2011 by jerryking
AlterNet: Are We on the Brink of a New Deal for Local Economies?
April 30, 2010 | YES! Magazine | By Stacy Mitchell. "...While
signs abound that people are rediscovering the benefits of an economy
rooted in community and small-scale enterprise, all of this activity,
though widespread, is still quite modest. It exists largely on the
margins and is unlikely to coalesce into a wholesale reorganization of
our economy unless we change the rules. "
local  economic_development  farmers'_markets  community  small_business 
may 2010 by jerryking
Food for Thought: Do You Need Farmers for a Farmers Market? -
APRIL 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By LAUREN ETTER.
Growers Try to Weed Out Produce Poseurs as Sour Grapes Taint Blossoming
farmers'_markets  agriculture  farming 
april 2010 by jerryking
Lettuce give thanks for local spring mix
May 26, 2007 | The Globe and Mail pg. M.2 | by Sasha Chapman.
Lettuce is often held up as one of the great excesses of the industrial
food chain; journalist Michael Pollan calculates that processing and
shipping a one-pound box of lettuce (about half a kilo) from California
to the East Coast requires about 4,600 calories of fossil fuels. Which
seems absurd when you consider how much energy the lettuce represents on
the dinner plate: a measly 80 calories. What's worse, there's no reason
for us to be importing our leaves. Lettuce is perfectly easy to grow
right here in Ontario, year-round....Cookstown Greens opens a weekly
stall at the new Don Valley Brick Works Farmers' Market.

The first and best-known baby salad leaves in this city come from
Cookstown Greens, just north of Canada's Wonderland. For nearly 20
years, David Cohlmeyer has been supplying high-end restaurants with the
best salad mixes (and a rainbow of veggies).
ProQuest  Sasha_Chapman  farmers'_markets  Toronto  urban  Michael_Pollan  gardening 
february 2010 by jerryking

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