Specialty Food Magazine

JUL-AUG 2012

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NATURAL SELECTIONS Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences has used grant funding from Johnson & Johnson to produce a farmers market that offers nutrition counseling and cooking demonstrations in both Spanish and English. "We offer local milk and fresh eggs and hormone-free stuff, which our people had no access to at all unless you drove to Oxford," says van Beuren, citing a town 20 miles away. Van Beuren says she is able to keep her 3,500-square-foot store's prices 20 percent lower than larger area grocery stores because she buys small amounts and none of it goes to waste. "We make soups and salads out of what we have left and sell it in the prepared foods section," she says, "so we don't tend to get stuck with things the way big stores do." Van Beuren says the lower prices give low-income residents a rea- son to shop at B.T.C., which also accepts food stamps. "It's been a real struggle," she acknowledges, "as it is in any small town with 15 percent unemployment, but our business has been improving steadily." 3. Door-to-Door Delivery In Baltimore, Real Food Farm is part of the Civic Works program, which relies heavily on AmeriCorps volunteers to help create com- munity gardens and grow food for low-income residents, among other initiatives. On vacant lots, fruit orchards have been planted and vegetables are being grown year-round in seven low-cost hoop- houses—greenhouses that use no electricity. "Our mission is to address food access in surrounding food deserts," says Zach Chissell, Real Food Farm's project manager. He has helped implement mobile markets that take the food straight from the farm to local homes or offices in Northeast Baltimore. The truck will also park near a school at dismissal time, conducting sales while parents are picking up their children. For home delivery, Real Food Farm asks for a $10 minimum order, and Chissell has noticed neighbors pooling their resources. "Some of the older folks we serve don't drive any longer," Chissell adds. "So it's a huge thing to consider food accessibility." Trading Group We are a company that offers high quality products from different parts of the world. t ;BMBUJNP 4XFFUT +PSEBO BSF NBEF GSPN OBUVSBM ingredients. Baklava, Mamul, and gourmet cookies. t /BEJZB GSPN 6"& 0GGFST DIPDPMBUFoDPWFSFE TUVGGFE whole and seedless dates. t #*'" GSPN 5VSLFZ 0GGFST TQFDJBM DPNQPVOE DIPDP lates, special coated wafers, biscuits, cakes, and cookies. t ;FJEBO GSPN +PSEBO 0GGFST TPGU NBMMPX PO B CJTDVJU base coated with real milk chocolate. t -0- #SJFSMFZT GPSN 5VSLFZ 0GGFST HVNNJFT m[[Z sour candy, and assorted gums. Phone: 708-598-3388 Fax: 708-598-4422 Email: info@nbtradinggroup.com Visit us on the web: www.luxurysweets.us Address:9903 S. 78th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL 60457 Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 1014 84 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE ❘ specialtyfood.com

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