Raleigh Needs Rickshaws Selling Produce
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Raleigh Needs Rickshaws Selling Produce

January, 07, 2012 , by Jedidiah

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Sure, you can get a ride from a CrankArm Rickshaw in Downtown Raleigh and even a coffee from the CoffeeShaw that Raleigh Rickshaw has been pushing for the past year. And, you can finally get grub from a food truck (if all of the legal requirements have been met) inside the grid. But, there's been some conversation about where to get groceries and particularly produce in downtown recently and we think we have a solution. What Raleigh really needs is a fleet of rickshaws rigged up to sell fresh produce (fruits and veggies). 

Here's why:

1. There's no grocery store in Downtown Raleigh to buy fresh fruit and vegetables and it doesn't seem likely to happen in 2013, unless Red Hat's move to downtown sparks a revolution. 

2. There is a fresh produce grocery in City Market, but it's hours are thin and the Downtown Raleigh Farmers' Market in City Plaza only happens for a few hours, once a week, in the Summer.

3. There are lots of local farmers (from the State Farmers' Market to residents of the downtown area who grow in their backyards) that would be a great source of local produce. Also, the upcoming Raleigh City Farm would be a great partner.

4. From what we can deduce, this doesn't exist...yet.

5. Surely it would have the same legal rights as a hot dog vendor and therefore more rights than a food truck. This means profit is possible and restaurants wouldn't argue against someone buying a banana on the street, unless they are ridiculously greedy

5. It could develop into a fresh food delivery service for downtown residents.

6. Fresh food on the streets of Raleigh, EVERY SINGLE DAY!

So, there you have it. Rickshaws with produce. Raleigh needs them and we expect to see them bouncing around the streets before the year's end. All we ask is that we take a cut of the profits. Maybe we should patent or trademark the idea now before someone gets their hands on it. 








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  • Petey townsend
    01/08 12:49 AM

    The Raleigh Rickshaw Co. Downtowns only private, environmentally responsible utility is getting ready to celebrate its 6th year in Downtown Raleigh in 2010 it gave over 40500 rides and in 2011 it gave over 46,400 rides.
    We hope everyone will join us in our ongoing celebration of Downtown Raleigh and its fledgling support of small business as well as enviromentally responsible transportation by riding in our 4 new Anniversary Rickshaws. Thanks NEW RALEIGH for everything you do for Raleigh Rickshaw!!

    and as for the veggie shaw, I think we would rather just take people to the open air Market in city market, and show our support for that small local business, now if we could just work out Sushi ..... on a rickshaw. Hmmmm?

  • katherine
    01/08 07:59 AM

    Building a local food system, training new farmers, growing, selling, and increasing access to fresh, local food, and teaching others how to do it themselves - that’s what the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle does.  Mobile Veggie sales are on the way.  Great idea to work with the Raleigh Rickshaw Co; let’s talk!

  • matt
    01/08 10:37 AM

    Raleigh Rickshaw needs neither punctuation nor shame, being the apparent owners of newraleigh.com. hmmmm?

  • Ryan
    01/08 12:51 PM

    April 1st isn’t until April 1st.

  • Bill
    01/09 10:34 AM

    I still think the Captial City Grocery would have survived if they used rickshaw deliveries of wine coolers, cigarettes and condoms to Peace College and downtown.  But in the same way that taxi cabs can deliver packages, the rickshaw companies should set up delivery arrangements with Taz, restaurants, and the city market produce stand.

  • jrm
    01/09 02:04 PM

    great idea! would love to see them cruise through the ITB neighborhoods on weekends a la the ice cream truck!

  • Nancy Creamer
    01/09 03:14 PM

    Hi!  Just an FYI-

    The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu) has just received a two year USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables through direct market opportunities in Goldsboro NC.  Through the project in Goldsboro, we will support the expansion of two fledgling Farmers markets with a “Rickshaw Brigade” of youth engaged in Food Systems change, who will market and deliver produce from the farmers market to adjacent food deserts.  A broad range of partners are included in the project.  Stay tuned!  Love to see this happen in Raleigh too!

  • Nancy Creamer
    01/09 03:15 PM

    Fyi-

    The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu) has received a two year USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables through direct market opportunities in Goldsboro NC.  Through the project in Goldsboro, we will support the expansion of two fledgling Farmers markets with a “Rickshaw Brigade” of youth engaged in Food Systems change, who will market and deliver produce from the farmers market to adjacent food deserts.  A broad range of partners are included in the project.  Stay tuned!  Love to see this happen in Raleigh too!

  • Five Points CSA
    01/10 12:30 PM

    We would LOVE to have Rickshaws delivering shares! Peddle down to https://www.facebook.com/FivePointsCSA any Tuesday between 5-6pm and talk to the farmers.

  • Taco
    01/10 03:32 PM

    Food deserts…just the thought makes me sad…Goldsboro is worse off than I thought.

  • Sarah
    01/12 01:49 PM

    Great idea! If this doesn’t happen I believe that Quality Grocery on Lane St. is reopening and that they will be carrying local produce. We will get produce downtown one day!

  • SMR
    01/17 01:49 PM

    Why not partner with a farm(s) vendor from the State Farmers Market just down the road, they’re close, have a variety, and are local. Plus it can help get the word out for the wonderful farmers market we have so close to downtown. The place is packed on the weekend but the weekdays its a ghost town.

  • SMR
    01/17 01:50 PM

    Why not partner with farm vendors from the State Farmers Market just down the road, they’re close, have a variety, and are local. Plus it can help get the word out for the wonderful farmers market we have so close to downtown. The place is packed on the weekend but the weekdays its a ghost town.

  • Peter
    01/17 06:54 PM

    I guess the Harris Teeters inside the beltline (okay, the one on Glenwood & Oberlin probably doesn’t qualify as ‘downtown’) don’t count. There is also a Kroger and a couple of Food Lions ITB as well. Or maybe you are just looking for a place to buy your zucchini while you’re whizzing from Glenwood South to Fayetteville Street on Thursday nights.

    Maybe it is just me, but I don’t think such a venture would be profitable in the long run. While idealism is great, it doesn’t pay the rent.

  • Stowy
    01/18 08:21 PM

    My, those are some big veggies!

  • jayare
    01/19 01:36 PM

    This is from the Onion, right?

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