A mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s market was converted from an old shuttle bus donated by the Toronto Transit Commission. Stocked with fresh seasonal produce, the unit lets Torontonians munch on fresh healthy foods, even if they live far from grocery stores.
Inside the healthy food bus, LGA installed a series of fold out shelves to prominently show off the bounty for sale. When the bus is parked, the shelves cascade outward, featuring a rainbow of colors made up of lettuce, berries, okra, yucca, broccoli, seasonal apples and other goodies that entice the Toronto’s ethnically diverse residents. Customers can peruse the shelves outside, or enter the bus, which is set up like a miniature farmer’s market store. The interior of the bus is lined with shelves bearing baskets of squash, green bins of veggies and fruit, as well as imagery of happy customers buying fresh foods.
The greatest part of LGA’s veggie bus is its reach. Much of Toronto’s inner suburbs were designed in the 1950s with the assumption that residents could drive to large grocery stores. With the modern spread of the metropolis, these areas have now become heavily populated with affordable housing with many residents relying on public transportation. Without grocery stores in these neighborhoods, the community ends up eating unhealthy foods available at local bodegas. The amazing Food Share buses now bring healthy foods right to the customer, making for both a more inspiring and healthier way of life.