This member owned, locally grown grocery store would provide residents of Bristol with a stake in their own food security alternatives to gigantic corporate supermarkets. It would enlist the support of local farms, and specialty artisans in Bristol and the greater Hartford area. It would keep money in the local economy and provide incentive for more individuals and families to start growing!
The co-op in my town is beautiful and vibrant. It provides special benefits to members (who have a vote in decisions made), a cafe, bakery, deli and gallery space for local artists. It provides all the basic amenities and emphasizes buying food in bulk. Incentives for bikers and reusable tote bag shoppers. It runs workshops on cooking, as well as educational and sustainable practices like seed saving.
It’s like Whole Foods, except less corporate and evil, more local.
This is what downtown Bristol needs! Shouldn’t food security be our number one priority? We need to make sure we can provide for ourselves, what good is a skating rink or movie theater going to do if we can’t feed ourselves?
(This incorporates many of the ideals of a vegan / organic restaurant, but on a little bit larger scale, and again emphasize is on local, local, local)