That’s right! A mobile market in Seattle. Thanks to Michele Savelle and Wayne Journee, unincorporated Seattle has a mobile market bringing fresh produce to an area with limited food access. Fresh N’ Fruity, the name of the stand, partnered with the Refugee Farming Project as a way for our produce to go into the same neighborhoods that some of the farmers live in. As their project is in its first year, much like ours, it was an experience that we could both learn from. They learned how to price produce, market, and purchase appropriate quantity. We learned a different market, how to sell at whole sale prices, and prepare a different kind of order.
Michele and Wayne just finished their second weekend and have already heard the sweet words, “See you next week!” With our season coming to an end soon, we hope to have one more week working together, but regardless, we have created a relationship that can be carried into next year.
They were located at two different locations. One was at a large, multicultural housing development, and you can find them inside the Creston Point Apartment complex. The other is at a busy intersection, a vacant lot at the intersection of 76th and S Renton Ave, across the street from the 7-11.
As the market continues, we all hope to better understand the different cultures that live in the areas so that we can provide the most culturally relevant produce for them to enjoy.