From more expensive smaller food outlets offerings quality organic foods, to larger food outlets that might be cheaper but lack in quality, there appears to be a missing link when it comes to getting healthy food at reasonable prices.
Now Farmers and Builders, an East Side urban farming (and community building) group, has hooked up with Wholeshare, an umbrella organization for buying groups that are interested in procuring health affordable foods for neighborhoods.
By tapping into a community of people who share the same values, Wholeshare offers “buying power” that an individual just doesn’t have. Wholeshare orchestrates the transactions from the purchasers to the resources, thus ensuring that the quality is maintained and the prices are kept as low as possible.
The system allows the community to buy foods directly from producers. People can order items online, and Wholeshare combines the orders. Once minimums are reached, the orders go out to local farms and a distributor (Regional Access – based in Ithaca, supplies many items from New York State). There are no subscription costs and the food gets delivered directly to a central location for pick-up.