TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terre Haute's downtown planting seeds for a local business. The food Co-Operative group known as Terre Foods has plans to open their very own store one it said will bring people and jobs downtown.
You've probably seen them at the farmer's market or stopped by their Blueberry festival this month, the local food co-operative called Terre Foods.
"Terre Foods was mainly started by myself and some of my friends because having a co-operative market, having access to local foods and things like that was something we were familiar with in other towns we lived in and we wanted one in Terre Haute," Robyn Morton, one of the founders said of the group.
But to get financing to start that market, Terre Foods membership needed to grow; to the tune of 600 members.
"We hit 600 at 4:43 in the afternoon on July 11th at the Blueberry Festival," Morton quipped.
It was an event that meant so much because with 600 co-owners Terre Foods can start that grocery store.
First in the works is to find a location, they say hopefully in downtown Terre Haute; particularly, a place Morton said will have plenty of parking.
"(Then) we have to hire a general manager, we have to start lining up food producers," Morton explained. "We have to get contracts and bids on build outs on whatever site we would select."
Like fruits and vegetables at harvest, Terre Foods has now reached maturity and is ready for the community.
Morton said the real blossoming from this project may be more than their produce.
"We really think of Terre Foods as helping the downtown grow," Morton beamed. "It's going to be an easy place for people to be able to get groceries. So that makes it more plausible for living downtown without having to drive two miles in either direction to get to a grocery store."
Planted like a bulb, five years later Terre Foods is ready to bloom.
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