Last Thursday, Bull City Urban Market opened in Northeast Central Durham (800 Taylor St., Golden Belt) in an effort to make local food more accessible. The store is a result of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities initiative.
Wanona Satcher, who worked as a consultant to the project and also lives in the area, says the store will offer "affordable, healthy produce and quality food that's within walking distance" to residents in the neighborhood, who have not had such an option in the past. "A lot of us are getting real tired of driving outside of the community just to get some food," she says.
Although the focus is on a specific neighborhood, Satcher says the market wants to encourage "food justice all through Durham and the region."
Operated by Feed My Sheep of Durham (www.feedmysheepdurham.org), the store will sell local meats, produce, seafood and household items. "It's almost like a farmers market and grocery store mixed together," Satcher says. As a neighbor of The Scrap Exchange, the market will also sell local art and will incorporate materials from the store into its space, which is still under construction. "We really care about the Earth and being sustainable, so a lot of our shelving will probably be old computer parts, old circuit boards and other cool stuff [from The Scrap Exchange]," Satcher explains.
Until renovations are complete this winter, Urban Market will sell its goods outside Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When it moves indoors, the market plans to accept WIC EBT payments and offer discounts for senior citizens. And for those unable to visit the store, there is talk of a mobile truck. "Instead of the ice cream man, we want to have the produce man in order to get food to people who can't make it there," Satcher says.