Fresh produce finds it way to the city
Last year, Romano’s Grocery, in the Juniata Park section of north Philadelphia, used a $150,000 grant from the state program, to pay part of the cost of installing new lighting and energy-efficient refrigeration equipment.Before the overhaul, said Juan Carlos Romano, the store owner, “we had bananas and onions; that was about it.” Now the store has a produce section, and Romano has experimented with different varieties of potato and squash to determine what his customers like. Business has increased by 40 percent, he said.
for neighborhoods in the five boroughs that have long been isolated from traditional supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers markets offering fresh produce at reasonable prices.
Kumar Gouranga, a 45-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh who for three months has operated a cart at 165th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, said that “business is so good that we are staying open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
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