Your Market Produce Buying Club is working on creating a member-owned purchasing cooperative for food in the black community in Oakland.
From their site: "We are a group of people who see the need for and are committed to establishing economic and agricultural unity in the black community. Our inspiration is the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, which teach us to "pool our resources and do for self." And the Guidance of The Honorable Minister
Louis Farrakhan to establish Ministries, as well as accepting responsibility to build our communities! Our Mission, "Empowering people to feed themselves." Our primary goal is to establish a member-owned cooperative corporation supermarket in our community."
The way it works is that you become a member, and every other week you pick up pre-prepared bags of produce from the distribution point. With pooled member fees the buying club is able to buy produce in bulk at a discount from what an individual might pay. Members also contribute to some of the necessary work of running the club.
They try to make purchases from black-owned farms in California also support the Freedom Farmer's Market in West Oakland.
Food distribution is every other Saturday, unless otherwise noted and adjusted for holidays.
Pick-up is 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5296 Foothill Boulevard at Fairfax
News & External Links
- Official site
- 2013-09-14: "Your Market Produce Buying Club – Connecting to Black Farmers" The Nation of Islam Ministry of Agriculture