New Gaines Street Food Co-op Forming
Folks who live in the All Saints/RR Square/Gaines Street area include a lot of folks who depend on public transit, their bicycle or walking for transportation.Â Â It’s a great place to live; close to clubs and shops, two universities and the state capitol complex.Â All it’s missing is a grocery store.Â The closest grocery store for folks in this neighborhood is the Publix on Ocala; a long haul if you’re living car-free.
A food co-op is similar to a normal grocery store except that instead of being owned by an individual or corporation, it’s owned by the members.Â Many co-ops, including this one, use member volunteers to carry out much of the work.Â It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and help build community.
Tallahassee has had several food co-ops over the years, including the wildly successful New Leaf Market on Applachee Parkway.Â Now a group of community activists are planning a new food co-op in the All Saints/Railroad/Gaines area.Â The new group is calling itself the “Bread and Roses” Food Cooperative and we wish them great success.Â According to a group member I interviewed, the main stumbling point for the group is finding a suitable location.
We wish them luck and know that they have an excellent chance of success in this happening neighborhood.Â Â You can reach them by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It may be awhile before Bread and Roses has a produce department like this one at the Barcelona Market.Â The photo is from Wikimedia Commons.