ReKaivery Shipping Container Growers Market Opens at Odell Brewing

Odell Brewing Co. will welcome its new food truck this weekend. Good kind of.

ReKaivery — a shipping container “food hub” — will quietly open between Odell’s Lincoln Avenue brewery and its OBC Wine Project tasting room on Sunday, according to Austin Lammers, ReKaivery’s chief marketing officer.

“It’s like a mini grocery store dedicated to local food,” Lammers said, explaining that the 300 square foot store will soon be stocked with merchandise from northern Colorado vendors – everything from lettuce grown on area farms to locally made kombucha and certified organic beef and bison.

While the Food Center once envisioned a space in Old Town, the project hit a snag with the city’s zoning requirements.

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A repurposed 300 square foot shipping container has popped up at Odell Brewing Co., where it will be stationed as Fort Collins' first all-weather local food hub.

“Things just weren’t built for our model,” Lammers said, adding that the small team behind ReKaivery found it easier to pivot and get licensed as a mobile retail food establishment operator. .

“Basically, we’re a food truck,” Lammers said.

ReKaivery will be parked at Odell Brewing Co. through September, with the option to extend its lease through the winter if the setup works for both parties, Lammers said. The food hub is in talks to eventually move to a more semi-permanent location at New Belgium Brewing, he added.

Eventually, ReKaivery would like to open more locations — giving Fort Collins the opportunity to buy local food at a year-round indoor farmers market. She would also like to install solar panels on her roof so that she is not dependent on electricity, according to Lammers.

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The food hub currently only sells items grown or produced within 75 miles of Fort Collins, with the majority of its approximately 20 vendors located within 5 miles. On each item, the store lists its “food miles”, noting exactly how far it came from.

“My vision is for people to come in and think differently about their food,” Lammers said. “When you walk into a King Soopers, you don’t really think about the supply chain. Everything you could want is at your fingertips, but you don’t really think about how it (happens). food is transported 1,500 miles in the United States”

ReKaivery will quietly open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For the new weeks, its hours will parallel those of Odell Brewing Co. — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday — until the food hub reevaluates its future schedules, according to Lammers.

James V. Payne