The Northeast’s fledgling local foods movement is beginning to take root.
At the Northeast Farmers Market, the number of vendors has more than tripled since its inception a decade ago. Three new mid-week farmers markets have sprung up in the community within just the last two years.
Elsewhere, leaders of the Eastside Food Co-op report steady, double-digit growth and a membership that has nearly quadrupled since its opening in 2003.
Community gardens have also emerged in at least three locations, including one run by students at Thomas Edison High School in a lot at the corner of Lowry and Central avenues that was left vacant after a fire.