August 31, 2020
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Roving Radish, an award-winning Howard County program that provides healthy meal kits sourced from local farms, has opened its first storefront in Long Reach Village Center. The 4,142 square foot space will have a storefront offering fresh meat, dairy, eggs, and milk from local and regional farms and serve as a kitchen, storage and packing space for the weekly meal kits. County Executive Calvin Ball visited the new space last week with Program Manager, James Zoller. Photos of the new space can be found here.
“Roving Radish is another great addition to the revitalization of Long Reach Village Center and its storefront will serve as a wonderful hub for regional farms to connect with more Howard County residents,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “This program not only fits in with the direction and goals of Long Reach, but provides healthy, locally sourced meal kits that help connect our community and are offered at a discounted price to those in need.
The Village Center was built in the late 1970s and is widely used by the neighborhood residents to meet a variety of office and commercial needs. Prior to the center opening, residents of Long Reach gathered for a village meeting and voted for arts and crafts as the prevailing theme for the village center. The Long Reach Rising goal is to help stabilize the area through maintenance, repair, beautification, and placemaking. The Roving Radish joins the Columbia Arts Center, the Stonehouse Community Center, the African Art Museum of Maryland, Roll Up ‘N Dye, and new Howard County Arts Council artists’ studios, as part of the emerging arts, culture, and entrepreneurship hub.
“It’s very rewarding to work on the Roving Radish program, that impacts so many lives in a positive way,” said James Zoller, Roving Radish Program Manager. “We are excited to have our kitchen now centrally located in Long Reach and we are looking forward to becoming a part of the Long Reach community.”
The Roving Radish program launched in 2014 and operates from May through November each year, offering weekly standard and vegetarian meal kits. The program has been recognized nationally, winning an Achievement Award in 2019 from the National Association of Counties, and a County Innovation Award in 2017 from the Maryland Association of Counties. To order a meal kit and learn more about the program, please visit: https://www.rovingradish.com/