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  •  Fabulous idea (5+ / 0-)

    Like the ice cream trucks that once meandered thru our neighborhoods, farmers cooperatives can access a new niche of customers who have no other direct access to farm- to- table crops.

    List routes free on Local Harvest and get free advertizing for the routes on the community pages of local newspapers.

    I envision pick up trucks with brightly colored overhead canopies to shield crops from sun, easily folded down for highway travel.

    'A scarlet tanager broke the silence with his song. She thought of the bird hidden in the leaves somewhere, unseen but nevertheless brilliant red. Nevertheless beautiful.' Barbara Kingsolver/ Prodigal Summer

    by flowerfarmer on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:13:05 PM PDT

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    •  We might have to just grass roots that. (2+ / 0-)
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      vegetable and fruit carts are not unknown.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:59:14 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, but if you are in the projects, you (1+ / 0-)
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        might want a local minder to accompany you ....  LOL

        But yes, I do envision a "fruit and vegetable" stand contained within a truck.

        Inexpensive.  SNAP food stamps accepted.  Only fresh veggies and fruits, in-season.  Dependable, so meals can be planned. To the local apt building lot, so old folks can walk out and access without taking a bus, carrying heavy package, etc.

        "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

        by mumtaznepal on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:22:54 PM PDT

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        •  Urban buildings don't have car lots. (1+ / 0-)
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          But I get your point.

          I'm thinking of what I could make if I bought a wagon and a 40# case of fruit from the warehouse.

          "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

          by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:25:54 PM PDT

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          •  Gotta start somewhere. If I had the time right (1+ / 0-)
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            now I'd source local producers for 2 x a week delivery, get an old donated truck, and go to a specific location in a needy area to sell for 2-3 hours.  

            I gotta do this.  We're killing ourselves eating American.  Humans were not meant to eat this crap we create.

            "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

            by mumtaznepal on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:29:11 PM PDT

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    •  EXACTLY! (0+ / 0-)

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 05:20:50 PM PDT

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