Sunday, May 17, 2009

Healthier food in Bayview

Photo and text by Rhonda Winter, Bayview Resident

While I was buying an avocado this afternoon I asked Upper Crust Deli co-owner Mike Gheith about the store’s decision to start carrying more healthy food, and he explained:
“We decided to start selling produce because there just are not many places in the neighborhood to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. We always try to buy our produce locally, and go to the farmer’s markets whenever possible.”
Small corner stores are increasingly becoming an effective tool to help fight urban food deserts, particularly in largely minority and low-income neighborhoods like Bayview. Often in such marginalized neighborhoods we have a glut of unhealthy corporate fast food restaurants and little access to fresh seasonal produce; so the decision of local and independently owned Upper Crust to start offering fresh fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood is a most welcome one.

Please show your support for Upper Crust’s decision to make more healthy food options available to Bayview residents and patronize their store. They make excellent sandwiches too.

Upper Crust Deli is located at 5100 Third Street, on the corner of Revere. They are open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday; their phone number is: 415-822-3100.

Rhonda Winter is an active Bayview resident who helps lead the Latona Community Garden, and works to connect the SF Bicycle Coalition to the neighborhood.

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