TROY – It’s been over 15 years, but last week Capital Roots finally opened its Urban Grow Center and expanded Good Food Market.

The trifecta market, the incubator kitchen and the food hub will be built with expectations to open to the public at the end of 2022.

After a successful breakthrough last week and looking forward to what lies ahead, Capital Roots Managing Director Amy Klein said it was “extraordinary.”

“It’s really, really exciting,” she said. “We have done so much work behind the scenes to make this possible.”

The project was expected to cost around $ 8 million and so far Capital Roots has raised 70% from public and private donors. Klein said they hope to increase the remaining portion next year while construction is underway.

Capital Roots works in specific areas, urban neighborhoods where supermarket options are slim or nonexistent, the number of cars is low, and access to fresh food is a challenge – places better known as food deserts. – to bring quality food to these communities in a “dignified” way and at a low cost, Klein explains.

About 656,000 people live in food deserts in New York City, according to a study by Siena College. Of the state’s 62 counties, 32 have been identified as having food deserts. For those who live in north-central Troy, getting to the grocery store can be a daunting task. Many who do not own a car would have to take a bus to Brunswick or Lansingburgh.

The organization launched the first phase of its urban growth center project in 2014 when it created its head office and its first food hub in the region.

While Capital Roots’ first food hub was found to be “transformational” in the nonprofit’s ability to buy and distribute local food, Klein said they have since moved beyond that space by moving so much. of food to neighboring institutions.

The expansion, located adjacent to their regional food center and head office at 594 River Street, will provide a second food center and a larger market. There, people will be able to access a wider selection of fruits, vegetables and other basic groceries.

The center will also house an incubator kitchen for local businesses. The incubator, which will be open 24/7, is intended to support these gastronomic businesses and put them in touch with farms and points of sale in the region.

“We are happy to be able to start a project, although the winter may seem like a strange time to do so,” Klein said. “We look forward to moving the whole effort forward and being able to open it to the public.”