Friday Links:

  • Upon Further Review: Sorry to play cynic, but between the way-too-good-to-be-true timeline and the creative financing behind the store’s rapid transition to Midwest chain, there are just too many hurdles to think this Lucky’s Farmers Market store is going to open as planned. I’ll wish for the best, but it feels like a project built upon layers of shaky assumptions. It smells funny. Hope I’m wrong.
  • The week’s must-read goes to Mike Spies’ piece in The New Yorker, “I Love Winnie Cooper.”
  • McSweeney’s would like to welcome you to their nano-brewery.
  • The Inside Columbia Shop & Chop event might be fun.
  • Michael Pollan has a new book coming out.
  • Beyond Meat is ramping up production and I really just don’t know what to think about this. If you’re just philosophically opposed to eating animals, cool. Substitute with alternatives to protein. But there’s little evidence that soy production is better for the planet than, say, the protein from Show Me Farms I turned into pastrami the other day. I guess my first question is not, “Is it tasty?” but rather, “Why are we substituting for meat instead of just buying better meat?”
  • The Wine Cellar and Bistro is running a halibut special this weekend. Yum.

Pan Seared Sustainable Halibut, Roasted Spring Onions, Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Grapefruit & Mint Vinaigrette   $29

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. I too onhope you are wrong on the somewhat anticipated arrival of Lucky’s. I’m concerned about the balance of Lucky’s “mainstream” groceries vs local farm food they say they will offer and how that balance might affect the financing of the store.

    And hear, hear on buying better meat.

  2. It would be interesting to know how the Financing compares to the late Sunflower Farmer’s Markets. That chain was started in 2002 and had 35 stores by 2011. And Sprouts (which bought Sunflower) now has over 100 stores despite only being founded in 2001. Fast expansion does not seem unusual.

    Also interesting to note the pattern of these stores moving into vacant buildings. The Sunflower we had in South Austin moved into a long vacant Albertson’s and the Sprout’s moved into a former CompUSA location. I wonder if these chains save considerable money by adapting cheaper unused properties instead of building.

  3. Regarding Luckys: they’re going to have a hard time fulfilling both “low prices” and “local sources”, at least if they’re going to pay enough attention to buy from sustainable farms and not auction produce. Greenwashing vs. competitiveness is a concern with every situation like this. Like the concept, but Columbia’s pretty overbuilt on groceries already. Nice to see something happening in that location though.

    Regarding soy, one thing missing from the animal vs plant protein debate is a better understanding of land use. Properly grazed livestock can be raised in a lot of landscapes and ecosystems that aren’t ideal for row crop agriculture, like the hilly, thin-soiled landscapes so common to Missouri, which erode easily when managed for crops but stay stable under well-managed pastures. I would hate for well-meaning vegetarianism to result in more soil & water pollution from unnecessary crop agriculture.

    Regarding Michael Pollan, he’s going to be in Missouri soon presenting that book in St.Louis May 9, and Kansas City May 10. More info here:

    http://michaelpollan.com/appearances/

  4. I find it interesting that Lucky’s is moving in to Columbia a year (or so?) after Natural Grocers did and the two chains are both based in Boulder. Just curious how that’s all going to work out.

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