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The do-gooders

(article, Culinate staff)

If you're a fan of the television show '"The you've probably already heard: Wendell Pierce, an actor who played a key role on that program, is opening grocery stores in New Orleans. Pierce — a Nawlins native who currently stars in the New Orleans-based show '"Treme"' — has dubbed his supermarket chain Sterling Farms, and is expressly targeting the city's food deserts. 

After all, while the city's restaurants have rebounded from 2005's Hurricane Katrina, its grocery stores have not — and especially not in the city's poorer neighborhoods:

bq. Sterling Farms will look like most other conventional grocers, with a deli, bakery, seafood counter and as many as 40,000 items. But it also will cater to the special needs of low-income shoppers. The store will offer a free shuttle to anyone who spends $50 or more, so they need not walk or take the bus with heavy bags. 

Meanwhile, the city of Seattle is bringing fresh food to the masses in a different way: by filling a public park with edible plants free for the harvesting. The park will include "walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more." The concept, dubbed a '"food will get underway this summer on a seven-acre plot in one of the city's less wealthy neighborhoods.