Eating Adventures

This new downtown cart is just peachy

Want something a little healthier than a burrito or a brat at the Rockies game?

How about a peach?

Ryan Wallace has just set up a cart at the corner of 18th and Wazee streets that sells fresh Colorado produce. The cart, called Fresh in the City, has Palisade peaches there now, two for $1, and Rocky Ford cantaloupes, one for $2.

"It's a new idea" to sell produce downtown, says Wallace, who first came up with the idea as part of the Cleantech Open, a business-plan competition that fosters a healthy natural environment. "People don't know yet where it fits in."

But it has been working out. Wallace says he's had a lot of repeat customers who come to him when they can't get out of work in time to go to a farmers' market -- where Wallace gets the produce he doesn't buy directly from growers.

Wallace hopes to soon expand his produce offerings, and if this season's sales go well enough, he plans to be back next summer with four carts -- and eight the year after that.

You grow!

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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