Is It Life or Is It Portlandia?
Thursday, September 27, 2012
So today I came across an article in Monday’s Chronicle, Duke’s student newspaper, about a local co-op bakery in Durham. It caught my eye because the picture shows someone putting out products at the “Green Flea market” on Saturday. Which of course is my new favorite place. (And which I continue to think of as the Green Market, because that’s what it was called initially, I think it’s a much more interesting name without the “flea.”)
I happened to be at the “Green Flea market” on Saturday and bought the following:
1 watermelon (seedless)
1 red pepper
2 large mangoes
approx 1.5 lbs of globe grapes
The watermelon and peaches were $3 each, all of the rest was $10.50. Total spent $16.50.
Ann made friends with the security guard while she was waiting for me to finish up and he and I discussed the merits of the taco place on the front side of the building versus the taco place in the back. I haven’t had the ones in front so I was talking about how much I like the ones in back. Lee, the security guard, said he won’t eat those because they’re cooked in pork fat, he needs to watch stuff like that. He said that someone like me who weighs, what, 110 pounds, can eat those kinds of things.
As we walked away, I said to Ann, “Hey, I don’t need to lose weight — I look like I weigh 110 pounds!” She said, “Yeah, you just need to make bigger friends. Problem solved!”
I also noted the fact that the food stand inside the building is called “La Casa de los Hot Dogs.” Seriously, La Casa de los Hot Dogs.
So anyway, I’m completely enamored with the Green Market so of course I have to read the article in the Chronicle about Bread Uprising (which I was not familiar with before this article) and it says:
At the Green Flea Market, Bread Uprising was offering focaccia, cinnamon rolls and a variety of different bread loaves to market patrons while distributing brochures that explain the premise and goals of the co-op bakery.
The article also quotes from the vision statement of the organization:
We understand that people’s access to food is limited by oppression in all forms, including the exploitative and dehumanizing relationships structured by the capitalist system, the global dominance of a destructive and profit-driven industrial food system, sexism, racism, heterosexism, transphobia and classism.
And I don’t know what it was, but that whole thing just struck me as so funny — a bunch of communist bread bakers setting up shop at the Green Market, talking about heterosexism and transphobia and selling (or giving away, I think it’s a pay-what-you-can model) foccacia and granola to the patrons there.
Talk about worlds colliding.
I’m just sorry I didn’t know that was happening, I would definitely have looked for it.