Long story short, I was looking through a magazine called Garden & Gun, in which was an interview with Wendell Pierce (aka The Bunk) where he talked about opening a grocery store called Sterling Farms in New Orleans. To wit:
So how did you get into the grocery store business?
I guess it started in 2011. I was working around the city on Treme when I realized that one of the great needs was grocery stores. There were large areas that were underserved—food deserts, they’re called—and grocery stores were a way to bring something to the infrastructure of New Orleans. An opportunity to do good and do well. You can have all the community gardens and farmers’ markets in the world, but without that distribution arm, it’s hard to change the paradigm. At the same time, we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We just want to say, “Hey, here’s a way to take advantage of the fresh food and produce we have here.” I think having access itself will have an impact.
Read the short interview here.
Listen to him on NPR here.
Or use your Google skills to learn more about it.