City Greens Market


Our mission is to make healthy, natural, and locally grown food available in our neighborhood and affordable to everyone. Our neighborhood is considered a "food desert", because convenience stores sell only junk food, and the nearest supermarket is over a mile away. This disproportionately affects the elderly, people living in poverty, and anyone for whom traveling that far is difficult. We believe that access to fresh food is a human right, and should not be a luxury reserved for the rich.

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Address: 4260 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
Email: citygreensproduce@gmail.com
Phone Number: 515-370-3709
We were founded by a group of women from our neighborhood called the Midtown Mamas, who met in the basement of Midtown Community Services (in the old St. Cronan school building). Many of these women had moved to St. Louis from the rural South, and brought with them a vibrant culinary tradition that valued cooking with fresh vegetables and creating well-rounded, healthy meals. Since moving to an economically depressed urban environment, they saw that their culinary tradition was becoming lost due to lack of availability of produce and the abundance of cheap, unhealthy, junk food. They could see an obvious link between the high rate of health problems in their community and the lack of healthy food options.
The Mamas recognized that our food security is far too important to leave up to businesses that care more about making money than the health of the community, so they developed an alternative model of grocery store that prioritizes the well-being of the community over profits. City Greens Market makes no profit from our food sales in order to make everything as affordable as possible, and all overhead costs are instead covered by memberships that are based on household income. Folks who make more money pay more to be a member so that everyone can shop at the same low prices.
We also recognize that making the food merely available is not always enough to change people's eating habits. We frequently host cooking demonstrations in the store, offer cooking classes, and maintain a community garden that we use as an educational space and source of food for the market. To help our low-income members eat healthier, we also match all food stamps spent on local fruit and vegetables. We are also committed to helping other communities take control of their own food security like we did. Our latest project has been to help the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson open a fresh produce stand that they call the United People Market.
"Having access to the food is important, because this was a food desert. We had access to potato chips but not fresh food," - Resenda Sykes, who began as a customer and is now co-director of the market.
"I went when it first started in a basement. The produce was so wonderful. I bought a cabbage, and the cabbage was so good. It didn't taste like a regular cabbage from a grocery store." - Georgia Smith, community member