LoMoMarket: like a bookmobile, but with produce!
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Humor me while I relay a little history… Years ago a small locally owned grocery store opened in our backyard. It was fantastic to walk over and grab a steak or salmon filet from their butcher counter, some fresh zucchini & squash & tomatoes, and a baguette for making dinner that night. No traffic, no [...]
Humor me while I relay a little history…
Years ago a small locally owned grocery store opened in our backyard. It was fantastic to walk over and grab a steak or salmon filet from their butcher counter, some fresh zucchini & squash & tomatoes, and a baguette for making dinner that night. No traffic, no driving, no parking headaches. Just our feet & a canvas bag.
As luck would have it, infighting amongst the owners set in & no one actually managed the store very well. Basic staples like bread & milk were often not even on the shelves. Quality of vegetable produce went down.
In fact, the biggest draw of the week during the summer had nothing to do with groceries at all: Music on the Porch, where local bands would play until dark, the parking lot was cleared & allowed no traffic, & kids & dogs ran free while adults socialized & relaxed. Those Friday nights were a great community builder, & so successful that they still have them even though the grocery is long gone. They moved it to another happy location.
That grocery shut the doors for good after 2 or 3 years of trying to resolve owner disputes. Everyone said,
“A grocery won’t ever work there: it’s not visible from the main road!
It didn’t work because there wasn’t a sign!
It was a specialty store – that’s why it didn’t work!”
In reality, it didn’t work because it wasn’t managed simply as a grocery store. There are plenty of ’specialty’ stores immediately adjacent to where that grocery store was, (Seaboard Station) that are all still there and thriving (& not visible from a main road):
- Chinese restaurant
- German restaurant
- Fitness center
- Clothing boutiques
Last but not least, there’s a plant nursery in that same shopping area that has been there over 20 years! And the store that replaced the grocery? It’s a specialty store, voted Best in the Triangle in 2011. So much for those theories on why the grocery didn’t work.
We have another chance!
I have really missed the early days of that grocery, especially the convenience and freshness of real food close enough by that I didn’t have to get in the car.
LoMoMarket is getting rolling, & is considering adding a stop for their produce truck in the shopping area at Seaboard again!
Please Vote for LoMo’s Seaboard stop!
There are only 6 days left to vote for this awesome fresh produce truck to stop over at Seaboard weekly. I just ponied up $25 along with my vote. :) Here’s the link where you vote for the Seaboard stop:
There is also a FAQ here that will answer anyone’s questions: http://lomomarket.com/about-us/faqs/
LoMoMarket is sort of like a book mobile but for fresh food! Here’s what they’ll carry:
“Our products will all be grown, sourced, or made locally. They will include: flowers, meats, dairy, eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, “grab and go” prepared foods, and other specialty items.”
How awesome that would be, to walk over & get fresh seasonal ingredients for dinner that night! Say one afternoon you’re still at work – click on the Today’s Market link & see what they’ve got that day.
They plan to stop 6 days a week at the same time in each location. If you forget to check the Today’s Market list, you can be surprised & just show up. Where’s your sense of adventure?