Elm City Market, the downtown New Haven market enjoying a strong first year, got a high-profile mention on a White House blog post about access to locally-grown food.
The blog reported:
“In New Haven, Connecticut, a city where one in four people live in poverty, a Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan from USDA helped construct the first full-service grocery store in the inner city in 2011. Elm City Market created 100 new jobs for local residents with salaries starting at twice the minimum wage. But the community didn’t stop there: the store is sourcing over half of its products from producers within 200 miles of the city. The store reports brisk business, serving community members that previously lacked access to the products grown just miles away from them.”
See the full blog post here.
Mark Regni, the market’s general manager, was in Hartford Wednesday visiting the Market at Hartford 21 giving the building owner Northland Investment Corp. tips on how to make the Hartford market successful. The Market at Hartford 21 closed in September, after being opened just six months.