The Friday Checkout: Amazon, not so Fresh?

The Friday Checkout is a weekly column providing more insight on the news, rounding up the announcements you may have missed and sharing what’s to come.

As Amazon continues to grow its Fresh grocery banner footprint across the U.S., the company has made its technology a prime draw, but what about the food?

A reviewer for NJ.com visited a newly opened Fresh store in Paramus, New Jersey, and was not impressed, calling it “a poorly stocked letdown.”

From “barely” anything in the bakery to a small assortment of meat cuts and barren selection in its Fresh Kitchen section, the reviewer

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Figs – fun ideas to use your bounty of fresh figs

It’s fresh fig season and if you are fortunate enough to have a fig tree then you are no doubt blessed with a bounty of figs. After you’ve made fig preserves and given them by the basket full to your friends and neighbors, what will you do with all those figs?  One of the best things about figs is that they are equally delicious in savory or sweet dishes.

Fortunately figs love to be paired with bacon, prosciutto,  Parmigiano Reggia, burrata, pears, honey crisp apples, honey and all of those fabulous fall flavors. So all you have to do is

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Fresh Eyes: Working toward healthy food for all

by Michael Banner

Featured photo: AnAkha Anet and her husband Michael Banner help run Island CultureZ with Marcus Hill. The organization works to offer fresh food around Winston-Salem.

For many, summertime means easy access to fresh tomatoes, peaches, squash, string beans, cucumbers, butterbeans, watermelons and other goodies. For others, including those living in urban food deserts, access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a luxury. As some sit down to bounty, others make do with dollar-store junk food. But at Island CultureZ, a local nonprofit dedicated to access to healthy food for all in east Winston-Salem and surrounding areas, we’re

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Orange Mound sustainability hub will bring fresh food to Memphians

Laresia and Austin Avery have big dreams. They want to see food waste and food deserts eliminated, helping vulnerable communities get access to fresh, healthy food and mitigating the impacts of waste in the process. They want to see it happen on a national scale, but first, they’re trying to eliminate waste and hunger in Memphis.

The couple behind Fish-n-loaves, a Memphis nonprofit dedicated to eliminating food waste and feeding people in food deserts, have seen success with an aquaponic farm and food distribution center in Frayser. Now, they’replanning to open another sustainability hub in Orange Mound, the next

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Bringing fresh, healthy foods to Mahoning and Trumbull Counties

CFMV’s Healthy Community Partnership links neighborhood stores with local growers

Everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy foods in their own neighbourhoods, yet many have never had this.

Two local Food Access Coordinators are working tirelessly to make this a reality: Sophia Buggs for Mahoning County and Christian Bennett-Mosley for Trumbull County. For the last two years, the pair has been connecting store owners with local food distributors through the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s Healthy Community Partnership.

This is not an easy fix. Corner store owners are struggling to stay afloat, now more than ever because of the pandemic.

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