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The City of Portland, Oregon

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A Challenge for Portland's Food Carts!

Okay Portland food carts, you have proven yourselves as versatile vehicles of varying cuisine, champions of guileful gastronomy, oasis for culinary cravings. You’ve done it all from poutine to pad thai, samosas and ceviche, falafel and fish and chips, cupcakes and crabcakes. We could go on, just from looking out our office window (see photo below). But hear us out on this, why not a mobile CSA?

New York City did it.

Since mobile food licenses are hard to come by in NYC, to comply with zoning codes, owners of Holton Farms decided to create portable produce CSA subscriptions for their Farm Truck bounty.. They now have 200 CSA members and rove ‘round town to 24 “drop-off sites” throughout the week. The subscriptions can be purchased in advance, but one time on-site subscriptions are possible as well. One downside of the project is that the produce is coming from Vermont, four hours away.

C’mon Portland, we can do it better.

For years, Portland has been touted for local food. Right now there are over 40 different CSA Farms with drop off points all over the city and over 400 food carts. However, there are still neighborhoods that do not have access to fresh produce. Can food/produce carts come to the rescue?

For resources on starting food cart of your own click here.

To stay in tune with the food cart scene, visit the Food Carts Portland website.