LoMo Market Rolls into Wake County with Local Food
Food trucks are all the rage, and there’s a new one in town: LoMo Market. But this one is a bit different in that food is not being prepared in the truck, but there’s plenty of local fresh fare for sale. LoMo Market, which stands for Local Mobile Market, is increasing access to locally grown and produced foods by holding market hours in different locations around the Triangle.
According to founder Guenevere Abernathy, the new business which launched in May, is providing another way for shoppers to access locally grown and produced foods, including produce, meats, eggs and more by bringing the food to them.
Currently, LoMo Market is at the Rex Wellness Center in Cary on Wednesdays from 10 am-12:30 pm and at The Saturday Market in Raleigh, as well as in Durham. Soon, LoMo will roll into Raleigh at Seaboard Station and at Workplace Options on Highwoods Blvd. Abernathy said her team is working through permitting and scheduling issues, so stay tuned for an announcement on when LoMo Market will open there.
The LoMo Market model is a new one in our area, and the young business has just completed its second “Be Our Market Maker” campaign, where people can “vote with their dollars” and show support for having LoMo Market at a given location, such as an office park or apartment complex. “We want to know we have support for our producers when we choose a location. We take nominations all the time for locations, and then we do some research on those spots and learn what the permitting issues are, as it is different in every jurisdiction,” Abernathy said.
For the market maker campaigns, people pledge their financial support, and depending on their level of commitment to bring the market in, they can earn credits for shopping the market when it rolls in.
Abernethy said LoMo Market is also talking with different groups about partnerships to bring the mobile market into areas that have limited access to healthy foods, but so far, have not had any nominations from such communities.