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Eric Wiliams carries a crate of lettuce from the community garden at local nonprofit A Red Circle. The nonprofit is starting a farmers market in Riverview.
Erica Williams | Provided

When several Shop ‘N Save grocery stores closed last year in north St. Louis, residents in some neighborhoods were left without easy access to healthy produce.

A local nonprofit organization, A Red Circle, aims to fill the void with a monthly community farmers market that does more than just sell fresh food.

“It’s going to be a very cool farmers market with a purpose,” Red Circle founder and CEO Erica Williams said.

Shop 'n Save closed this store in Nov. 2018
Melody Walker | St. Louis Public Radio

Most city and suburban dwellers take the convenience of a local grocery store for granted.

But many residents of Spanish Lake don’t have that luxury any more. When three nearby Shop ‘n Save stores closed in November, it left shoppers fewer options and created what the USDA classifies as a food desert.

Spanish Lake is in the northeast corner of unincorporated St. Louis County. The cities of Florissant and Ferguson are on its west side; the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are on the east.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 16, 2011 - Ruby Payne, an educational consultant based in Texas, has touched off a lively debate by suggesting that social class plays a big role in attitudes about food. She says the poor generally value food for its quantity, while the middle class place more emphasis on quality, and the upper class on the way a meal is presented.