Common Market finds a home for their Philly Good Food Lab

photo from planphilly.comAn old auto-parts warehouse is getting a sustainability make-over thanks to Common Market. The relic of Philly’s industrial history will soon be the Philly Good Food Lab, a co-working space focusing on local food production and enterprise.

Common Market is a distributor that connects institutions around Philadelphia to local food sources. The company’s rapid growth has made their 2,000-square-foot rental with the Share Food Program too crowded for their ambitious goals and increased popularity. The new space is 70,000 square feet and in good condition from the last owners – Cardone, an auto-part remanufacturing company.

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Farm Truck offers mobile access to local food and art

If there’s one characteristic indispensable to anyone in the food business, it’s patience. Eliot Coven and Kris Pepper, owners of the food truck/mobile art gallery Farm Truck, know that all too well. The duo is often up into the early hours of the morning prepping locally sourced ingredients, like herb-roasted tomatoes for their Artichoke Pesto Mozzarella Sandwich and jalapeno cream cheese to pair with a fresh-baked LeBus bagel. The hours clocked are well worth it as their menu of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads boast a delicious sampling of what’s in season.

Coven and Pepper, both Philadelphia University graduates, are equally thoughtful about their truck’s carbon footprint. Their food is served in recyclable or biodegradable food containers, and a recycling bin travels with the truck. During the warmer months, expect their sustainability initiatives to go one step further — the truck will become a mobile farmers market, selling the same produce from Common Market and Weavers Way Co-op that Coven and Pepper use in their dishes. But that’s not all. In addition to being a kitchen for their own creations, the truck, which was painted by artist Gabe Felice, is also a gallery for local artists. Grid caught up with the chefs on Farm Truck’s one-month anniversary to see how their patience has paid off. To keep tabs on where the truck will be parked, check out Farm Truck’s Facebook and Twitter (@Farm_Truck).

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