The Westside Harvest Market (2232 S. Nogales Ave) is having its grand opening celebration this Saturday from noon to 3pm. They’ve actually been open for a while now, but now that the Eugene Field neighborhood’s first grocer can accept food stamps and WIC, they’re having a big to-do.
The event will feature free food (hot dogs and brisket, and stuff for the herbivores among you), music, door prizes, and a jupiter jump.
The store is the result of some very big-hearted and visionary people at First United Methodist Church and Global Gardens, as well as the involvement of neighborhood residents over the course of planning.
The market will bring fresh groceries and produce to the area at more reasonable prices than the bruised bananas and stale crackers at the nearby Shell station. I also hear there may be some very locally grown produce from the farmer-children of Global Gardens at Eugene Field starting this summer. The building also boasts a small coffee lounge, a teaching kitchen (to help parents learn how to prepare meals with fresh and nutritious ingredients), an art studio, and classroom space for Global Gardens.
The teaching kitchen is in need of new or gently used supplies and equipment. You can bring in your own or purchase off the Harvest Market’s registry at Target. Access it online or request the list under the name Donnie Caddy at your local store.