The idea below was the original plan for the Mobile Market; however, we have since altered the plan to accomplish the same goals without having to sell any produce at all. This will allow us to partner with other neighborhood organizations to generally increase the level of participation in all kinds of food issues in Delridge. The idea below may be taken on someday, but for now we will focus on just getting information out. Here is the official project that we are taking on this summer: 'Mobile Market'
Based loosely on an idea from the People's Grocery in California, this project would be a moving storefront to provide easy access to fresh produce.
Location: the same spot on the same day of the week, but would change seven times over the course of the week by moving up or down Delridge street. There are many flat, small lawn spaces that might be adapted for free from a number of public organizations which own land along Delridge. One of these spaces is at Chief Sealth; if permission was obtained from the school, the produce stand could sell fresh fruit to students during thier lunch break and after school.
Structure: one or two standard booth-sized tents, four-eight tables, a small cash register and scale, and a van. When business was done for the day, the van could be loaded with the remaining produce and collapsible equipment; then parked for the night, used to pick up more produce in the morning, and driven to the new site.
Duration: this would be a pilot project, to start with. The easiest way to do it would be to limit its run to a few weeks or months during the summer. It would serve as an extremely informative test-run to any other produce-selling operation on Delridge.
Resources: This small operation would require many volunteers and donations. Funding may be obtained through small private grants, but it would be necessary to have much support from the community.