Quad-Cities Food Hub – New Business


Total Investment: $120,000
Levee Commission rent abatement: $20,000
USDA Grant: $100,000
421 W. River Drive (Freight House)
Status: Soft opening
Projected jobs retained/created: 2 in store, supporting 25 local/regional producers

Quad Cities Food Hub logo - eat, learn, shop, grow

The Food Hub shelves hold many local offerings.

Building on the success of the Freight House Farmers Market, the Quad-Cities Food Hub has now opened a storefront inside the Freight House building that will give consumers even more year-round access to local and Midwest-grown food, produce and other items.

The mission of this not-for-profit business is to help the Freight House become a vital center for growth, production, distribution and consumption of nutritious, locally grown food from around the entire region. The Food Hub will connect local producers and farmers with their consumers, said Wendy Saathoff, the hub’s retail manager.

With winter winding down, but the growing season still a ways off, the storefront is currently offering shelf-stable (mostly non-perishable) items from around 25 local and regional producers. By mid-spring, Saathoff said fresh produce and other perishable items should be available. She expects them to come from up to 150 to 200 different producers.

The Food Hub is open Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays in conjunction with the weekly Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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