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).
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.