Manitoba

Winnipeg's downtown coffee shops become farm-fresh food pick-up spots

Downtown Winnipeggers desperate for more grocery options can now stop by two coffee shops for fresh, locally-grown produce.

Fools and Horses, Forth offering farm-fresh local veggie pickup to downtown residents

Fools and Horses coffee shop on Broadway is now a pick-up location for MyFarmersMarket.Com. (Fools and Horses/Facebook)

Downtown Winnipeggers desperate for more grocery options can now stop by two coffee shops for fresh, locally-grown produce.

Fools and Horses on Broadway has teamed up with MyFarmersMarket.com to become a pick-up location for locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

The collaboration comes not long after Forth on McDermot Avenue became a pick-up spot for Hearts and Roots' "garden growlers," which have been selling out all summer.

The downtown area has struggled to attract grocers in recent years, with a downtown development group spending big bucks trying to find out why the area can't attract a large-scale grocery store.

But, at least in the summer months, local growers are hoping to fill that void.

"I really want to replace that produce for anyone that's … going to a big box store," said Nathan Steele, co-owner of MyFarmersMarket.com. "In the summertime in Manitoba, we have so much awesome stuff, there's no reason why we can't have the Manitoba tomatoes sitting on your counter over something that's coming from Mexico."

Downtown residents can now place an order and stop by Fools and Horses for a big or small box of veggies or veggies and fruit on Mondays.

MyFarmersMarket.com works with about 60 local producers who drop off food at their warehouse, and refrigerated trucks are then deployed to deliver the goods all over the city.

"Almost every day we have a different producer dropping something off. We're working with a growing list," said Steele. "Believe it or not we had local plums in last week. We had a whole bunch of local plums from Sunshine Orchards."

The partnership with Fools and Horses comes after months of working with fitness studios on a similar program and providing the coffee shop with the produce it needed to serve in-house.

"If you're living in Winnipeg and you're looking for food, there's no need to go to the grocery store," said Steele.

If you're closer to the Exchange District, Forth offers $25 garden growler pickups Thursday nights and Friday afternoons if you order in advance. 

Hearts and Roots $25 garden growler comes with cucumbers, tomatos, peppers, salad, zucchini, watermelon, cherries, bell peppers and swiss chard this week. (@heartsandroots/Instagram)
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