Fresh Food Biz, Hard Rock – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Fresh Food Biz
If you wanted to get a box of South Jersey farm-fresh fruit and veg but weren’t quite sure you could eat enough to justify a regular CSA subscription, a Hammonton local has another option for you. Anne Pape, whose family owns Pleasantdale Farms, has launched a service called Farm Fresh Fix, which packages up fruit and vegetables from local farms into boxes and sells them online and at pickup locations (currently at the Atlantic Cape Community College campus in Atlantic City and Mays Landing). A big box of 8-12 lbs of fruit and vegetables sells for $12.95, while a smaller ‘snack’ box of 4-7 lbs is $6.95. The company has three goals – reduce food waste, increase access to fruit and vegetables in a food desert area and help people eat more fresh food. Pape is applying to be able to accept food stamps and looking for farm and distribution partners. Read more about Pape’s project via The Press of Atlantic City.

Hard Rock
Executives from the Hard Rock Atlantic City project gave a few more details about their plans yesterday at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s board meeting. They plan to begin construction in August and open by Memorial Day 2018. They are also applying to be designated an Entertainment-Retail District, making them eligible for CRDA tax benefits and a grant (and could eventually send a portion of sales-tax proceeds over to CRDA, which needs revenue sources – details on how the district works are here). The Walk and Tropicana’s the Quarter are existing Entertainment-Retail District projects. The last one approved by CRDA was Revel, which didn’t work out so well for anybody. Separately at the meeting we learned that Harrah’s wants a chunk of its CRDA money for a new celebrity-chef restaurant (it will feature a chef that is already part of the Caesar’s complex, they said), and CRDA Chairman Robert Mulcahy is unapologetic about awarding an insurance contract to South Jersey power-broker George Norcross. The contract has no maximum compensation limit, although another bid submitted by a rival did have such a cap (CRDA officials said the new contract has already saved them money, but did not give details).

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In the rest of the news from yesterday and this morning, the Pinelands Commission has set a hearing date on another pipeline proposal,  NJ Reps are trying to persuade President Trump to preserve the income-tax deduction, three men were arrested in Atlantic City after allegedly bringing $1 million of heroin into the city, the Egg Harbor Township summer concerts start next Friday, this is a great piece on the looming big-dollar showdown between the NJEA and Steve Sweeney, read this feature on AC’s first-time homebuyer program, Sister Jean’s Kitchen is moving a few blocks north in Atlantic City, and Stockton University said yesterday there was a “continuing pattern of sustained, positive growth for the tourism industry” in Atlantic City the first three months of the year. All that and more below:

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