The weather cooperated beautifully for our outdoor July 11 Women Who Really Cook meeting at the CityKid™ Greenway Café. The Café is Urban Ventures’ food-focused social enterprise platform where they grow and create food and products that sustainably employ, educate and nourish the community. Nearly 30 members enjoyed Kombucha, Nitro Cold Press Coffee and wood-fired pizza made on site by Gina, one of the staff responsible for the CityKid™ Greenway Café. Our host was Sarah Spiegle, Events & Volunteer Manager for Urban Ventures.
From Sarah we learned more about the CityKid™ Greenway Café. It provides cold beverages and fresh, affordable produce, plus free summer meals for kids. More recently, they added a wood-fired pizza oven to the Café and are finding that it is really becoming popular. It is also the designated pick-up location for CityKid™ Farm CSA shares.
Mark-Peter Lundquist, Vice President of Urban Ventures Social Enterprise, talked about CityKid™ Foods and their mission to open doors and build relationships through food and their efforts to bring healthy food and education about nutrition to their community.
- CityKid™ Farms which includes an educational plot, two greenhouses, a CityKid Market location, bee apiary and orchard and a 6-acre plot in Lakeville.
- CityKid™ Mobile Market mobile market which provides subsidized fresh, pesticide-free produce in areas of the Twin Cities designated as USDA Food Deserts.
Mark-Peter took us on a tour of the garden plot, the hydroponic hoop house and the greenhouse.