Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Roots for the Home Team!

I've mentioned in passing recently that I've joined up with a group of like-minded, passionate local growers and eaters to hammer out plans on an exciting new project. And though we're not fully official yet, the word is out.

Our group -- now the steering committee for the Wooster Local Foods Cooperative (unofficial but in the process of becoming a legal entity) -- has developed a business plan and model for the Local Roots Market and Café. Our hope is to open at the beginning of November, at least on a modest scale, to offer vendors from our summer downtown farmers' market a place to extend their selling season, and by spring we hope to have a retail market open that features locally grown produce, locally raised meats and fish, other locally produced food items, and who knows what else?

We've got a long, long way to go yet, but we met with the county commissioners yesterday to discuss the rental of a county-owned building downtown, and we hope to have a green light from them in the next two weeks. I've written a lengthy post for The Ethicurean on our work to date, and I'll continue to post updates there as we move forward.

As we make our plans, we're discovering other grassroots efforts going on to bring local foods to consumers, and the synergy all our groups are creating is incredibly exciting!

Won't you root us on?

Thanks to Jennifer Hugon, our talented graphic designer and steering committee member, for her preliminary sketches for the market's logo, shown above. I can't wait to show off her final design -- she rocks!

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At 3/26/2009 8:58 PM, Anonymous Janet said...

You need to post a link to your piece on Ethicurean. I'm so impressed with your efforts! Go, Jennifer (and allies)! Go!

At 3/27/2009 7:07 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Um, Janet, I guess I don't quite know what you mean. I've put a link in this post to the Ethicurean article -- are you saying to link the other way back?

At 3/28/2009 1:13 AM, Blogger Clint said...

This sounds great. I hope it all comes together. Bloomington has a winter market, which is quite small but still nice.


At 3/28/2009 7:59 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

I think it will, Clint. There's definitely plenty of enthusiasm and willingness to work -- but we do have a lot to do, even in the next month (like starting to rustle up some money!).

I look forward to hearing more about the Bloomington local foods scene (hint hint) when you get a chance to email! You are sorely missed... :-)

At 3/31/2009 10:25 AM, Blogger Tara said...

How exciting! I can't wait until this comes to fruition... it will be a wonderful addition to the downtown.

At 3/31/2009 10:34 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

I hope so, Tara -- should be even more reason for you to come and visit Wooster. Until you set up one of your own...


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