The Common Market in the News

YMCA & Common Market Partner to Share the Harvest

The YMCA

"Our partnership with The Common Market allows us to share the harvest on a much larger scale than our students can produce within our early learning gardens. Through Y early learning centers, The Common Market distributes fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to families within our community that might not have access to them otherwise."

Tracing local products from a factory in New Jersey to a lunchtime stir-fry

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Companies often discover businesses like Fresh Tofu through The Common Market, a food distributor with offices in Philadelphia, Georgia, and Texas. Unlike large food distribution corporations, The Common Market is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting local farmers and sustainable food to clients."

Supporting children and families with fresh, healthy food

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

"The Common Market is a food hub founded in 2008 in Philadelphia to overcome the multiple barriers that stand between local institutions and the food grown in their region. Not only does The Common Market work with institutions to help them increase local food purchases, it also works with farmers to help them earn quality certifications and implement best practices, and to handle food distribution logistics. After great success in Philadelphia, The Common Market launched a second hub in Atlanta in 2016."

Farm Share Program Brings Harvest to Campus

Georgia Tech News Center

"Marcela Moreno, a research associate at the Strategic Energy Institute, signed up for the program during its first season and found that it has revolutionized how she shops...[she] noted that it’s more affordable than other produce subscriptions she has tried, and the amount is manageable. It also forces her, at times, to be more creative with her cooking and try new foods."

Good food is good health care

Metro Philadelphia

"Good Food, Healthy Hospitals is unique in that participating hospitals actively collaborate to make the healthy choice the easy choice and create systemic change in healthcare across Philadelphia," says Catherine Bartoli, Healthy Food Procurement Coordinator at the Philadelphia Department of Health.

Communities’ Appetite for Food Halls Grows But Risks Abound, Says IEDC Panel

Rebusiness Online

"Still, the broader trend toward offering consumers healthy local meat, seafood, fish and produce shows no signs of abating. Johnston, founder of The Common Market in Philadelphia, noted that his decade-old nonprofit, which creates a bridge between small local farmers and underserved, at-risk populations, has been growing exponentially since it opened and this year went national."

The Common Market Texas wins USDA Grant to Build the Farm-to-City Wholesale Market

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Perdue announced that Houston local food distributor The Common Market Texas received a $500,000 grant as a 2018 awardee of the Local Food Promotion Program.The Common Market Texas will use the grant to invest in local family farms, helping them to earn certifications in food safety and sell to wholesale customers in Houston such as hospitals, schools, universities, or restaurants.

USDA Announces $102.7 Million Investment to Expand Markets for Specialty Crop and Other Farmers

United States Department of Agriculture

$13.45 million is directed to 44 projects to support the development and expansion of local and regional food businesses to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets through the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).

DEMOCRATIZING FOOD

The Philadelphia Citizen

For the last decade, The Common Market has spread affordable access to locally-sourced nutrient-dense food to the city’s neediest. Now its mission is spreading nationwide.

Homing In on Local Food

Edible Houston

"...Another kind of market has hit the town to make sure Texas eats what Texas makes. The Common Market, known in the policy world as a “food hub” has just opened for business in Houston."