|SPUD Edmonton's "Meet the Farmers" event!|
|Screenshot from SPUD.CA, an online grocery shopping service for organic, GMO-free, and locally-sourced goods.|
At the "Meet Your Farmers" event, regular and prospective customers were able to self-tour the facility, snack on free samples from from local vendors, and even shop off of the shelves in the warehouse.
|Plenty of sampling from local vendors including Honest Dumplings, Noorish, Traditional Hutterite...|
|Prairie Mills Bread Co., NKD, and Glow Juicery.|
|The interior of SPUD Edmonton's warehouse is about the size of a smaller grocery store.|
|Lambtastic lamb shanks from Lambtastic Farms|
|Reclaim Urban Farm's various microgreens and sprouts|
|We even got a quick tour of the facility that walked us through the process of filling a grocery order. This was in the walk-in fridge with the dairy and produce.|
|They use these sturdy boxes to package and deliver their orders, and then collect them to be reused for future orders.|
|These foil bags are used for the perishable goods and are also cleaned and reused for future orders. Frozen goods are packed with dry ice, and others are packed with gel packs so that everything stays fresh for up to 12 hours.|
However, SPUD is definitely targeted more towards the middle and upper class. One must recognize that a service like SPUD is not made to cater to students (especially those with loans and/or other debt), marginalized communities, and other individuals and families with potentially lower income. I'll be even more impressed when SPUD is made more accessible to a broader range of households. I am all for teaching our society to eat healthier and support local businesses, however, I recognize that as things are, indulging in SPUD and the like comes with a fair amount of privilege.