MOBILE FOOD MARKET
The Mobile Market has Completed its Pilot Summer!
We've spent the summer learning from the community on our pilot run, and we are ready to put the knowledge we've gained to good use. We plan to spend the next few weeks reworking aspects of our Mobile Market to truly transform it into our dream of a “grocery store on wheels.” This will include new produce displays, an expanded foods selection, and fine tuning our schedule and selling locations. We'll be back on the road in October. As always, we will communicate via Facebook, Instagram, and email regarding any changes we make to the schedule, as well as with updates about our progress.
Have you visited the Mobile Market this summer, or do you plan to visit this fall? We’d love to hear from you! Click here to take our short survey to give us anonymous feedback about your experience on the Mobile Market this summer and/or about your ideas for what you’d like to see this fall.
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The Mobile Market Mission
Wyoming is known for its beautiful frontier, open lands, and long winters. This reality brings fewer stores within a convenient and feasible distance, a shorter growing season, road closers due to weather resulting in limited deliveries of produce and food shortages. Feeding Laramie Valley’s Mobile Market aims to increase healthy and fresh food access for all members of the Albany County community through traveling sales. Our Mobile Market operates out of a charming, retired Bluebird school bus, which makes it possible for us to travel to our locations in Centennial, Woods Landing, Rock River, and West Laramie. Each week our bus is filled with a selection of staple foods like fresh produce, protein options, and bulk dry goods. With the help of our team, volunteers, our community, and our partnership with Big Hollow Food Co-Op, the renovation of the bus is complete and we are now fulfilling our plan to sell affordable healthy food around the county.
This social venture is designed as a retail sales outlet, engaging us in economic, jobs, and career development to help fight poverty and health and wellness disparities in our community. Each purchase will help support Feeding Laramie Valley's programs that are creating sustainable local food production and increased healthy food access for everyone in Albany County, including programs like our Shares and Kids Out to Lunch programs.
What We've Accomplished So Far....
After two years of retro-fitting our bus, we have finished with the renovation stage of the project and have moved to launching our traveling sales throughout Albany County. Our renovations included painting the interior and exterior, reupholstering seats, installing new flooring, fixing windows, overcoming mechanical challenges, building a shelving and plumbing system, as well as outfitting the space with refrigerators, a hand sink, and a bulk food dispenser. All of this hard work has turned our old school bus into a beautiful grocery store on wheels!
We have now begun to visit Centennial, Woods Landing, and West Laramie once per week, and Rock River once per month. We sell fresh fruits and veggies like apples, pears, berries, onions, potatoes, peppers, leafy greens, and many other options. In addition, we sell dry goods like flour, rolled oats, rice, and spices, and we are soon to sell dairy products, meats, and other protein options. We've also begun to connect with gardeners, homesteaders, and entrepreneurs as we expand our relationships with local vendors to offer products for sale at the Feeding Laramie Valley Mobile Market.
Want to get involved or get more information?
Are you excited about this project as much as we are? Do you have suggestions about locations, products, or schedules? Please reach out to us! Community input in every stage of our programs is always welcome and greatly encouraged.
We invite you to get in touch with us. If you would like more information or would like to get involved in this new social venture, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at: 307.223.4399.
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