Yesterday was the ribbon-cutting for the new Fresh Direct facility down in Port Morris despite protests from community members regarding environmental and health in an area already plagued by high asthma rates. Never mind the fact that Fresh Direct only delivered to Riverdale prior to this deal, despite having to drive through out borough to deliver to Westchester from their location in Queens. South Bronx Unite, who has been fighting against this since Day 1, has all of the details of why the opening of this facility is bad for the borough. Welcome2theBronx also wrote up an excellent article about the opening yesterday.
But Lisa, isn’t the Bronx a food desert? What about #Not62? Don’t we deserve access to fresh groceries?
100% We absolutely do. But we can’t allow businesses and the politicians who support them to ignore the legitimate concerns of the community by using outdated environmental reports and disregarding the health risks that will be exacerbated by the additional traffic.
But Lisa, I hate grocery shopping. I just want to order online and have it be done with.
Word. Me too. Have you lugged a grandma cart and reusable bag filled to the brim with groceries a half hour on the bus because the supermarkets closest to you are absolute garbage? (Here’s looking at you, Met) I have and it’s awful, so allow me to show you some other places you can order from.
Run by Stop & Shop, you have access to their Nature’s Promise brand which offers an array of organic goods. True story: once, I was throwing a party at my place and didn’t have time to go shopping beforehand (because of my poor time management skills) and I just plugged everything in online and schedule my delivery for that morning at 7 am and my grocery shopping was done and I wasn’t even out of my pajamas yet.
A new Shoprite opened up recently in Bruckner Plaza. Bronx Mama did a write up on it and it looks absolutely amazing. (Adulthood is being excited about how cool a supermarket is, right?) If like me, it’s too far to get to in person, you’re in luck. You can order from them online. Shoprite stays having sales, so you’re bound to save some coins while you’re at it.
The best mango I ever had was sent to me by Jet. It was amazing. I still think about it to this day. The cool thing about Jet is that they deliver your groceries in these insulated cooler type things so your groceries are just as cold as if you had gotten them yourself (unless you’re taking that half hour bus ride). I’ll be honest that I don’t like being stuck with the insulating material, so it’s the least environmentally friendly of these options (but you know, probably still better than diesel trucks driving through your neighborhood). You can also buy an abundance of other things like clothing and household items from them.
For groceries that aren’t produce.
Boxed – like Costco or BJ’s except without the membership fees.
Thrive Market – Like WholeFoods except with a membership fee.
Also worth noting is that this is not a sponsored post. I just want us to make informed decisions that are in our best interest. We should be holding our elected officials accountable when they rally for these companies, while choosing to ignore or disregard serious issues raised by our communities.
As a teacher, I spend 10 months counting down until summer – when I can wake up whenever I want and do whatever I want! The problem is that when the temperature is over 85, it turns out that all I really want to do is sit on my couch in my pajamas and watch Netflix (FYI currently in heavy rotation are: Stranger Things, Mad Men, and Gilmore Girls.) In addition to dedicating time to writing, I try to do one productive thing a day. Yesterday, that was getting rid of 2 of the 3 bags I’ve had sitting in the corner of my room for months for textile recycling.
If you’re unfamiliar, textile recycling is how you can get rid of your old clothes and linens in an eco-friendly way. These are items that are just so far gone that they can’t be donated to a thrift shop. According to GrowNYC, 193,000 TONS of textiles end up landfills every year. I cannot imagine 193,000 tons of anything, let alone clothes just sitting in a heap of garbage.
BUT, here was dilemma – I was soon comfortable chilling in my pajamas! Plus, I had had not one, but TWO breakfast failures (#1 baked egg boat and #2 avocado toast…can’t leave out an avocado in this weather for more than a day without it going bad!) so how could I possibly venture outside to drop off the clothes?! What’s another week? Well, Fiancee convinced me to get my lazy self outside and so I did and it was painless.
Once I was there, I took in the aromas of fresh cilantro and onions and pondered (a bit too long) on whether or not I needed another jar of honey. In the end, I decided on a blueberry crumb pie from Francesca’s Bakery. Not a bounty of fruits and vegetables, but a pie.
Harvest Home Farmers’ Market is opening its ninth location right in Soundview offering up fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition information.
From Harvest Home:
The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Soundview Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 11 a.m.This new market, located at Morrison Avenue between Harrod Place and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, will serve more than 60,000 residents, including approximately 10,000 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/food stamp) recipients. The market will offer farm fresh fruits and vegetables from Alstede farms, a New Jersey grower, and Caradonna Farms from Marlboro, New York.
Harvest Home will also be launching its “Eating for Good Health” mobile app, which enables local residents to search for recipes, ingredients, and grocery items available at the market that match their personal dietary restrictions and food preferences.
Having a farmers market in this area has been a long held dream of Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo (D- Bronx, 85th AD). And he, in conjunction with other New York State and New York City Elected Officials from the Bronx heartily welcome Harvest Home Farmers market to the Soundview community. Assemblyman Crespo noted that, “Healthy eating habits promote overall healthy lifestyles, which is why I am excited about welcoming Harvest Home Farmers Market to Soundview.” He pointed out that “Bringing in an array of healthy and organic produce to our community, in an affordable way, enhances healthier choices for both adults and children.”
Council Member Annabel Palma (D-Bronx, 18th Council District), a big supporter of the market stated, “I am excited to have a new farmers market in the Soundview section of my district; now my community will have better access to healthy food. I firmly believe that, when given the opportunities, New Yorkers want to eat healthy – they simply need to be provided the option.”
To encourage residents to shop at the Soundview Farmers Market, Harvest Home is partnering with the Institute of Family Health through its Bronx Health REACH program to issue Fruit and Vegetable Rx to its patients at the Stevenson Health Center. The Rx can be exchanged for Health Bucks at the farmers market to purchase produce. Bronx Health REACH’s Director Charmaine Ruddock notes, “The Soundview Farmers Market represents a significant win for the Soundview community looking to buy fresh, farm grown produce in their neighborhood. With the Bronx having some of the highest rates of diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes in New York State, the Soundview Farmers Market will provide a means for making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for local residents.”