Shopping local just got a little bit cheaper with the Community Supported Market card at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar.
The CSM card is half gift card and half discount card, which Community Food Connections (CFC), the non-profit organization that operates the Phoenix Public Market, says was created to thank customers for their continued support.
|Courtesy of Community Food Connections.|
How it works:
You buy the card. Get $50 for $50, $100 for $95, $250 for $225 or $500 for $425. (The more you spend the more you save.)
Use the card like cash when you shop at the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar (not the Wednesday or Saturday farmers' markets). Take advantage of card-holder special offers, changing weekly, like buy one get one melons or $5 off wine.
You have to use the preloaded card by Dec. 31, 2010, or it expires and you're outta luck.
Click through for more CSM card details and a recycling program that pays you to drink wine.
"I'm guessing there will be enough opportunities and enough good stuff in the store that they will have no problem spending their balance before the end of the year," says Cindy Gentry, Executive Director of CFC. She says some people who purchased CSM cards at the start of the program, July 9, have already spent down their balance and reloaded.
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Anybody can get a card, not just previous customers, so now is a good time to check the market out if you haven't already.
"Not only are you getting to access your favorite foods at a discount, but you're actually getting to support your local community," Gentry says.
CSM cards are available on-site at the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar located at 14 East Pierce Street in downtown Phoenix. The market is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On a side note, cash in your empty wine bottles. Get a $3 coupon for the market when you drop off a dozen any day. A market supporter is building a wall in her home out of the empty bottles as a sustainable living practice. Why didn't we think of that?