By Mecca Fowler
RALEIGH – The Black Farmers Hub is celebrating its two-year anniversary and expanding its ventures. The store, at 1409 Cross St., is a platform for people of color to sell their products and for farmers to sell their goods and produce. Raleigh native Demetrius Hunter is the owner.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 30% of southeast Raleigh residents live more than a mile from a grocery store, WUNC 91.5 reported. These kinds of urban regions are referred to as "food deserts," which are frequently the result of zoning regulations that have an impact on low-income communities. The goal of the Black Farmers Hub is to support regional Black farmers by making fresh food accessible to the general public.
Hunter’s family has a history of selling produce and making sure people in the community can eat despite obstacles and prices. It showed him how important it was to continue with their legacy.
“Vendors come into the store to promote their goods with us. We work really hard to increase the access of healthy foods in the community,” he said. “We are ready to rock and roll with the new fruits of the season.”
Their café reopened July 15 with new indoor seating décor, including lounge chairs and common tables where people can sit down and relax while having a beverage and enjoy the Wi-Fi. His wife, Latanya Andrews-Hunter, who helps him at the store, is also assisting him with creating their own wine label. He is making the wine while his wife is in charge of marketing and promotions.
The name of their wine holds cultural significance to them. It will be called Adeniji Afore, a Yoruban term meaning “the crown has fame,” Hunter said. “…So we wanted to put that on our wine, as the crown. That this is the wine that has the crown.”
The Hub is having a wine tasting and demonstration that will feature vegan charcuterie boards by Very Vegan, CBD products by Incredible Creations and a pampered chef that will do some product demonstrations for vegan cooking.
On Aug. 6, the store will host a back-to-school event for kids to come out and have a good time. They will be given supplies and other donations.
Hunter is currently hiring and in need of an immediate café sales associate whose primary function is to serve customers, keep the store clean, and maintain standard operating procedures.