CSK – Community Supported KITCHEN in Portland Maine
Local Sprouts is an industrious cooperative in Portland, ME that 1) caters healthy, locally-source meals 2) educates and reinforces the community through potlucks, a free lunch program and urban gardens, and 3) operates a prepared meals service to their members through what they call the Community Supported Kitchen.
Each week there is a different menu featuring seasonal dishes aspiring to provide 100% local food. We offer soups, salads, sides, entrees, canned and fermented items, desserts and breads. The Community Supported Kitchen is a place for members and our community to connect and learn through food. We work with youth and others to share culture, knowledge and culinary skills.
The CSK is applying the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farms, where members get a weekly share of vegetables, to prepared food. We are working to develop a sustainable local food system and build strong connections to the land, to farmers, and to community. We always share where your food is from and are developing ways for our members to connect with local farms.
How cool is that? Oh, and did I mention how affordable the meals are? Seems like an incredible opportunity.
Do you know of other CSK models in your area?