A new fresh produce market in Eastern Market is set to open Monday, rounding out the offerings at Gratiot Central Meat Market and launching a new job training program for local veterans.
Red Truck Fresh Produce is co-owned by Eastern Market Corp. and the Warren-basedCommunity Growth Partnership, a nonprofit collaborative of local grocers and affiliated groups led by United Food and Commercial Workers.
Located inside Gratiot Central market at Gratiot Avenue and Russell Street in Detroit, the store will offer fresh produce and smoothies and locally made food products six days a week.
In the center of the new store, customers will find its namesake: a red, 1941 Ford truck filled with fresh produce from Eastern Market’s wholesale market and Keep Growing Detroitgrowers, said Eastern Market President Dan Carmody. The back of a white, box truck mounted on the wall will feature prepared food products from FoodLab Detroit and the Detroit Kitchen Connect program. They include brands such as Jenn’s Gluten-Free Gems, Nirvana Tea,Brooklynn Brownies with Love, Slow Jams and Beau Bien Fine Foods.
Red Truck has secured just less than $1.3 million in public and private grants for renovations and the first two years of operation for the store, which is located in space leased from building owner Tom Medway, president of Ronnie’s Meats and a member of Eastern Market Corp.’s board. Continue reading here