Yesterday we witnessed yet another confrontation between law enforcement and residents, protestors, and activists in Baltimore. As the people continued to demand justice for Freddie Gray, Whole Foods Harbor East in Baltimore
took it upon themselves “to make sandwiches for the men and women keeping Baltimore safe.” But who were those men and women? Were they protestors? No. Were they the high school kids who had just been ambushed
by police in riot gear who shut down all means of public transportation that would have allowed them to get home safely from school? No. Or how about the 84 percent
of students in the Baltimore City Public School system who are dependent on free or reduced meals who were going to miss their meal due to school closings? Nope. So who exactly were the people receiving free gourmet grass-fed organic turkey and cheese sandwiches? The National Guard
Supporting structural racism shouldn’t be organic, even if your kale is.
The Whole Foods Harbor East has since deleted their posts on Instagram and Twitter, but thankfully the internet never forgets, and neither will we. Where and what we consume matters. Remember the Black Friday Boycott of 2014? In comparison to 2013, sales had dropped by 11 percent, or roughly $7 billion
. Let’s continue to make sure our money goes to our community when it comes to our produce.
Instead, take this time to remember and support your local Black Farmers:
- Five Seeds Farms
- Tha Flower Factory
- The Greener Garden
- Boxcar Grocer
- Patchwork City Farms
- Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Ag
- Healthy Food Hub
- Trinity United Church of Christ Farmers Market (Summer)
- Your Bountiful Harvest Family Farm
- Chateau Hough Vineyard
- Rid-All Green Partnership
- Community Farming Alliance
- Good Sense Farm
- Three Part Harmony
Photo via People's Grocery
- Afrika Town Community Garden
- Farms to Grow, Inc.
- People’s Grocery
- Phat Beets Produce
- Barbour’s Farm LLC
- The Ron Finley Project
- Sola Food Co-op
- South Central Farmers’ Cooperative
- Community Services Unlimited
Photo via Philly Urban Creators Website.
- The Philadelphia Urban Creators
- Mill Creek Farm
Photo via Black Urban Grower's Website.
- Black Urban Growers
- La Familia Verde
- The BLK ProjeK
- East New York Farms
- Tiger Mountain Foundation
- City Heights Farmers Market
- Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network
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- Vanguard Ranch Natural Gourmet
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