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Introducing Food App Credibles
A new crowdfunded program called Credibles lets you invest in small, sustainable startup restaurants and artisanal food businesses simply by prepaying for edible “credits” that you use later like gift cards. The concept is similar to community-supported agriculture, except it’s much more flexible: You buy credits with the Credibles app, then redeem them for foods or dishes whenever you want, from any participating business. “Credibles is not just a tool to raise capital for us, but also an economic model that empowers our regional foodsheds in general,” says Kathryn Lukas, owner of Farmhouse Culture in Santa Cruz, California, a Credibles partner that sells organic kraut and kimchi.