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Old 01-30-2009, 01:42 PM
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This is great news and long overdue. The South Bronx (Mott Haven/Melrose area) has its first 1,400 sf Organic/Vegan Food Co-Op, providing a variety of products from produce to cleaning products, and sugar, rice, coffee, and dried fruit to name a few. "Mary Heglar, 25, a member since the summer, said she specially requested organic corn meal, seaweed for making sushi and fair-trade coffee, and all are now available." Ask and you shall receive...I will be joining this food co-op ASAP! It can be found at 3103 Third Ave in the Bronx. A co-op for the people: South Bronx stalwart opens its first store in The Hub
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:01 PM
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Oh lord, vegan in the South Bronx. Ive seen it all. Half of Williamsburg is packing their bags already. Guy you must be excited. Maybe you can get some new tenants.

I will say this is better than a big box supermarket moving in. But its not as if there weren't any viable alternatives. There are plenty of Key Foods and local specialty shops in the Bronx.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:09 PM
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DITC...I am excited because it is meeting a need that is not filled in the area, and it provides residents with the opportunity to have cheap, easy access in THEIR COMMUNITY to healthy fruits, grains, and whole foods WHICH DO NOT CURRENTLY EXIST HERE. Must everything positive that is happening in the community be about gentrfication and raising rents? Guess what? The Food co-op was started by a local Hispanic woman who saw a need for the COMMUNITY, not for residents of Williamsburg, and took action. Sure there are viable alternatives in the Borough, but thats like saying, why does Harlem need a supermarket, there are viable alternatives in Manhattan. It's a shame DITC you are not happy or can see the value. Maybe if you lived in the community you would.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:44 PM
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I just visited the food co-op and to say their inventory is limited would be an understatement. They are just starting so they are getting more every day, but its very limited right now. Nonetheless the products they did have were quite good, like Natural Peanut Butter, soy milk, organic eggs, healthy snacks, etc. It is a small store, the staff were very friendly, and it is well located in Melrose (158th and 3rd Avenue). Although at this point you can't do all of your shopping there just yet, you should be able to shortly. It is a good amenity for the neighborhood.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:52 PM
Location: Bronx, NY
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I hope people from all walks give something like this a try and don't dismiss it just as something for the "new folks." I read about another one in the city and it seems very reasonable, and could actually save you money. On top of that its quality fresh items.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:58 PM
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Exactly..it is an option that otherwise does not exist in the community. And it is about time. I don't see this as something "for the new folks" as some have said. It was not started by newbies in the community, it was started by a longtime resident who saw the need and took action..it is for EVERYONE in the community..AND they take food stamps!
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:17 PM
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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get the hell outta here...a vegan market in the bronx? i am speechless...to think that the bronx used to resemble sodom & gomorrah in the '80s and now u can buy organic food...GWAC im happy with the progress your community has made, and i hope it grows. and u know i used to bash the bronx before i became mod.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:55 AM
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Default Norwood Food Coop

For those of us who live further north in the BoogieDown, there is the Norwood Food Co-op. The winter share has already started, but the you can sign up for the summer share. It's really cool....my wife and I are members...Here's the website: http://www.norwoodfoodcoop.org/

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:34 PM
Location: Morrisania, Bronx
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Ladies and gentlemen, this is one step further in the improvement of the Bronx!!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:04 PM
Location: Albany (school) NYC (home)
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What's a food co-op? Excuse my ignorance lol.
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