Rendering of freshandeasy store via KL Architects
There have been plans for at least the past year (possibly more) to put in a freshandeasy grocery store on the now empty lot at Crenshaw and 50th. For so long this space was an empty. It was an empty storefront, then it was torn down and sat as an empty lot for over a year. I am so sick of the empty empty empty space here. Finally! It’s getting filled and it’s by something this community needs and wants. A grocery store with quality and organic produce. The neighborhood has long been asking for a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or something similar.
I actually worked on the entire fresh&easy branding and packaging before they opened a couple years ago and can tell you, this grocery store is AWESOME. Whole Foods quality at Walmart prices. Tons of organic options. I love their ready meals and the piece of mind I have buying the freshandeasy brand. No preservatives or added junk. And the employees get health care and sick days. So all around, great product and they treat their employees well.
And as an added inside scoop. At a meeting I was in about a year or two ago, we went to present some new designs to the Chief Marketing Officer Simon Uwins. He was pressed for time and was eating his lunch. Guess what it was? Freshandeasy food. One of their salads and the sushi. So even the heads of the company shop there. They not only stand behind their product, they love it. And I respect that.
There was some debate about the store, not about freshandeasy coming in, most everyone’s on board for that, but about the parking lot. The “Crenshaw Specific Plan” mandates that parking need to be in the back of developments or on top to keep/make the Crenshaw area pedestrian friendly. The current plans have the parking lot in front.
I shop at the one they opened over on Adams, and am extremely excited to have one even closer to home.
Check out this video by Leimert Park Beat : Here
La StreetsBlog : Here
A great South Los Angeles group CSU (Community Services Unlimited) is having two really cool earth friendly events in November. One’s a gourmet food party featuring Caribbean Cuisine and the other is the start of their monthly gardening workshop.
P.S. If you’re looking for locally grown organic produce you can sign up with CSU and for an incredibly reasonable fee, pick up a bag weekly. It’s the best. Read more about it at : csuinc.org And now the events!
Friday, November 12th : 6pm to 8pm.
Caribbean Cuisine Food Party!
featuring Kamilche Sea Farms Mussels
Hosted by Shema Muhuga, a friend of CSU at his Playa Del Rey residence, this food party will feature the mouthwatering flavors of the Caribbean. Soca and Calypso will be the music playing for the evening along with video footage from the October 2010 Los Angeles Carnival and the February 2010 Trinidad and Tobago carnival. As always local seasonal produce will be highlighted, but a special item for this evening will be a treat for sea food lovers. Kamilche Sea Farms has been farming mussels in the Puget Sound since 1981 and since 1986 has specialized in the culture of the premium Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis). These mussels, common to Spain, are believed to have been brought over to the Pacific centuries ago on the bottoms of Spanish Galleons. Today Kamilche Sea Farms grows these mussels starting with premium hatchery seed. Suspended from long lines in the rich deep waters of the Puget Sound, a premium mussel is ready for harvest in less than a year. Kamilche Sea Farms’ growing waters, in Totten Inlet, have been state certified since 1926. This bay is designated by the Washington Department of Ecology as a “Unique Growing Area” due to its pristine waters and high shellfish productivity. Strict watershed protection measures ensure that it will remain pure for generations to come. A huge thank you to Kamilche Sea Farms for the donation of the mussels for this Food Party, we encourage you to check out http://www.kamilcheseafarms.com and support those businesses that support sustainable communities. A detailed menu and address for the event will be sent to those that RSVP, but you can be sure to get home cooked gourmet food, featuring locally grown and beyond organic produce, at an incredible price of $20.00, along with great company and the knowledge that your dollars are supporting a great cause.
Spaces are limited, so RSVP soon to Dyanep1@csuinc.org or call 323 299 7075.
Saturday, November 13th : 9am to 1pm.
Garden Gateway Workshop Series
Planting to Amend Soil + Healthy Greens
EXPO Center/CSU Urban Farm, corner of King and Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave), 3980 S. Bill Robertson Lane., LA, CA 90037, next door to the senior center, enter from Bill Robertson Lane. Garden Gateway Project Workshop Series takes place on the 2nd Saturday of every month. The Community Gateway to Building Food Self-Reliance – Free Gardening, Nutrition and Cooking Workshop! In partnership with: The EXPO Center, UNO and USC Keck School of Medicine Childhood Obesity Research Center.
To RSVP call 323 299 7075 and please be prepared to attend the entire workshop. Download flier at http://www.csuinc.org
On Saturday April 18th, fresh&easy (an awesome grocery store, excuse me, neighborhood market,) will be having a tree planting event at the site of their future location in South LA. They’re partnering with Jan Perry (9th District Councilmember) and the LA Conservation Corps. Check out the invite for the event *click here.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Registration & Snacks
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Commemorative Tree Planting with Councilmember Jan Perry
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Tree Planting
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Snacks & Refreshments
I am super excited that fresh&easy is finally making it’s way into my neighborhood. They’ve got great quality food and organic options at really low prices. Organic food in South Los Angeles… I like it.
As it says on their flyer “get the word out and encourage your family friends, neighbors and co-workers to help us make South LA greener one tree at a time.”
Lets do this!
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