Elm City Market

Many New Haveners have to travel outside the city to purchase groceries; many other local residents, lacking the means to travel outside the city, must go without key staples and affordable fresh healthy food.

New Haven is a food town to the core. Yet the city that invented the hamburger, perfected the pizza, and boasts the densest downtown in Connecticut currently has no full-service grocery store.

In late 2009, many New Haveners had to travel outside the city to purchase groceries; many other local residents, lacking the means to travel outside the city, went without key staples and affordable fresh healthy food.

New Haven is a food town to the core. Yet the city that invented the hamburger, perfected the pizza, and boasts the densest downtown in Connecticut had no full-service grocery store.

This problem brought together a group of property owners and concerned citizens. They worked tirelessly to develop an independent, member-owned grocery store to serve the unique needs of New Haven.

As a hybrid co-op that provides local, natural, organic, and conventional products and groceries, Elm City Market reflects the needs of the community in a way that no national chain could in order to provide the sustenance that New Haven needs now.