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FM's First Food Co-op to Launch in Spring

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If you walk in downtown Fargo you'll most likely find a cheeseburger than an apple, but the city isn't alone. Our nations capital faces the same issue. One local community group is saying it's time to sink their teeth into this problem.

Fifty-nine year old, Mara Tolberg has been a farmer for 30 years. She's in on the community effort to launch Fargo-Moorhead's first food co-op, Prairie Roots. 

"I am so excited," says Mara with a smile.

Stressing the importance to buy and sell locally.

"The person who buys the food from us is helping a daughter have dance lessons as oppose to a CEO having another yacht."

Mara, along with more than a dozen local farmers and producers within a hundred mile radius hopes this will build a healthier community.

"My dream is to be able to drive in downtown Fargo and to see fresh fruits and vegetables and people shopping for local food."

In order for that dream to become a reality they need 600 members to commit to the agenda.

"Members are what help us sustain our co-op."

So far, Prairie Roots has created an online market for the ground swell of interest.

"First Lady Michelle Obama decided it was important to plant a garden outside the White House and that really stirred the interest of a lot of people so we're thinking health-wise a lot now."

It could be an indication that Fargo-Moorhead's first food co-op wont just feed the community but also feed into the solution to lower the risk of childhood obesity.

"You'll know that healthy food makes healthy children."

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