The need and appeal for urban sharecropping is becoming more apparent to many Brooklynites.
Wondering why? The answer is simple: many food vendors and markets are getting shut down for violating New York City’s health standards. While this may be unfortunate, any entity developing something you or your family is going to eat should be regulated.
This is exactly what happened to Greenpoint Food Market back in June. As a result, many Brooklyn-based food companies are paying attention and learning how to comply with the city’s codes.
If they don’t, food makers will face strict fines and a chance of shut down like the ill-fated Greenpoint Market.
The rules imposed on these food companies range from getting the proper permits and licenses to insurance coverage to working out of a city-certified kitchen. Rents for such kitchens can cost an upwards of $250 and up per hour and can be a hindering cost to many start-ups.
In response to these rules and high costs many of Brooklyn’s bars and restaurants are offering up their health code compliant kitchens for free or at very reduced rates. Start-ups can actually approach local kitchens and work out a deal that works for everyone.
Remember, it’s all about community – and food.
Sources – The Brooklyn Paper