Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Food and Where to Get It

ShopRite may be moving farther away, but food is coming closer. This morning, Hawthorne Valley Association, Long Table Harvest, and the Hudson Core Group announced the imminent launch of Rolling Grocer 19 (RG19), a not-for-profit, year-round, mobile grocery store. RG19's first appearance in Hudson will be on Wednesday, September 12, when it will be in the parking lot at Bliss Towers from 3 to 7 p.m. The press release reads in part:
RG19 represents a community-driven response to the immediate challenges of a food and economically-insecure environment that currently exists in [Columbia County]. Inhabiting a renovated 16' trailer, the mobile store will offer a wide range of wholesome products, including fresh produce, dairy, bread, meat, seafood, canned and dry goods, toiletries and other miscellaneous products. Our intention is to provide convenient, quality food for all--no matter the income level--with a priority placed on low-income residents. Food on the trailer will be made affordable through a fair pricing system (similar to sliding scale): customers will self-select into one of three price levels and pay for products according to their financial ability. At the same time, the mobile store will provide an additional wholesale market for producers, prioritizing sourcing from local environmentally-conscious farmers and distributors, and therefore supporting the direct reinvestment of local spending back into community businesses.
Rolling Grocer 19, which is supported by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and other donors, will be in Hudson four days every week, following this schedule:
  • Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m. Bliss Towers, Columbia Street parking lot 
  • Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m. A different location each week, to be announced on social media
  • Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m. Columbia Memorial Hospital, near main entrance
  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Front Street, between Columbia and State streets
  • Saturdays, 1:30 to 4 p.m. North Fifth Street, in front of the Hudson Area Library
For more information, visit rollinggrocer19.org.


  1. Is that kind of pricing scheme legal? I thought that in the State of New York, retailers must post one price clearly, i.e., with a price tag, and that is the final price.

    Whether you can afford the item or not is irrelevant.

    That is why art galleries have a price list, often at the desk and hard to find, but it’s supposed to be there. Grocers would love not to have to put price stickers on every can in the store, but they have to.

    1. Hi Samuel. We will be listing three prices for each item. If you take a look at our website, it explains in more details what our fair pricing system is. https://www.rollinggrocer19.org/fair-pricing-system/