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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617

574-287-6724

Newsletter

March 6, 2017

Greg Koehler

Reminder - SAVE THE DATE:

2017 Annual Members Meeting coming in APRIL

Get the Annual Members Meetings on the calendar for Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Doors at 4:00, Potluck at 5:00, Meeting at 6:00

Reminder - Interested in Serving on the Board?

We have two open positions.  Please refer to the Post where this was described by our Board President.

We are currently inviting any interested member to submit a letter of interest by Monday, March 6 (mail to: 123 N. Hill St, South Bend, IN 46617 or revrusspierce@gmail.com).  Letters of interest should include a brief bio and answers to the following:

  1. If your co-worker asked you why he/she should join PPC, what would you tell them?
  2. What is your vision for PPC over the next 3-5 years?
  3. What skills and experience could you offer the Board to make this a reality?


UPCOMING DATES AT THE PORCH

  • Wednesday, March 8th,  5-7pm - Joe Gady will set up at our Farmers' Market. Samples will be available. (this is not a "class" as was listed in Edible Michiana)

  • Saturday, March 11th, 10am-2pm - Jake's Country Meats will offer samples of ham (Easter is coming) and sausages (grilling season is coming).

  • April 7 - April First Friday

  • April 23 - Save the Date - Annual Member-owner Meeting (now in the Spring!) - Don't forget to let the Board know if you have an interest in serving on the Board of Directors.

  • May 31 - Save the Date - Best. Market. Ever. - Live Music, Wood Fired Pizza, Beer Garden, Local Farmers. Details coming soon.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKET - EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ordering is Friday noon through Monday 7pm - Click on the link and Bookmark it in your web browser.  Everyone is welcome to use this online ordering system. Or just show up - meet your local producers on Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00pm (HOURS FOR THE COLD MONTHS).

February 13, 2017

Greg Koehler

Your PPC Board of Directors is excited to announce our Annual Members Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 23rd (Location to be announced soon!).  This will be an opportunity for us to celebrate our progress in the last year and lay the groundwork for our future growth. It is also our opportunity to elect new board members.  We have two open positions.

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February 6, 2017

Greg Koehler

SALE ON LOCAL BEEF (FOR EVERYONE)
$2 off per pound on ALL local Beef - yeah, you read that right - ALL. In-store purchases only. Deal through February 18. All of our beef is sourced from farms that do not use antibiotics or hormones and the cows are grass-fed and pastured.

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January 30, 2017

Greg Koehler

JOIN THE PURPLE PORCH CO-OP TEAM!

Purple Porch Co-op was founded in 2009 by a handful of people who had a desire to make their community a better place through food. We’ve grown a lot since our early days but still maintain our focus on local, ethical, and environmentally considerate food. Located in the heart of Downtown South Bend, Purple Porch Co-op offers a collaborative work environment that aspires to create an excellent customer experience.

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January 23, 2017

Greg Koehler

Thank you to those that participated in the quick survey last week.  We had 40 responses that said they eat the prepared foods from our cafe on a regular basis.  Here is a visual way to know why they eat it on a regular basis (the larger the font, the more frequent the word or idea was used in responses).

Why do you choose the Purple Porch Co-op prepared foods?

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FYI - There were a good number of responses from those that do not eat the prepared foods Co-op on a regular basis.  Most people said they don't eat out, cost, not convenient, or simply don't think about it.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKET - EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ordering is Friday noon through Monday 7pm - Click on the link and Bookmark it in your web browser.  Everyone is welcome to use this online ordering system. Or just show up - meet your local producers on Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00pm (NEW HOURS FOR THE COLD MONTHS).

December 12, 2016

Greg Koehler

What's Going on with BULK?

In an effort to make sure we're providing our customers the freshest products in our bulk department, we are temporarily packaging all products except for beans, lentils and popcorn.  After we get a handle on some inventory issues, we'll bring back the self-serve bins.

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November 25, 2016

Greg Koehler

MEMBER-OWNER SALES

Check out a list of the November Deals for Member-owners.  Look for the YELLOW price tags in the store that has MBR SALE! on them.  We're passing on the savings to our Member-owners.

NOW HIRING!

If you or someone you could recommend is interested in working with a great staff in the Purple Porch Kitchen - please let Sara Lowe know (sarajlowe73@yahoo.com) and/or fill out this application.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, November 26 - Small Business Saturday - Look for sales on select locally produced goods throughout the store as well as sample of many locally produced food items.

Friday, December 2 - Hans Westerink of Violet Sky Chocolate will grace us with his presence once again. This time featuring Violet Sky's craft hot chocolate. Join us for a family friendly evening of hot cocoa drinking, chocolate tasting fun.

LOCAL FARMERS MARKET - EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ordering is Friday noon through Monday 7pm - Click on the link and Bookmark it in your web browser.  Everyone is welcome to use this online ordering system. Or just show up - meet your local producers on Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm.   

October 14, 2016

Greg Koehler

NNN Arts Cafe

October 16, 11am-5pm
Purple Porch Co-op will be a food vendor at the 2016 NNN Arts Cafe

The Welcome Tent will be at the corner of Portage Ave and California Ave. Parking is available at the NNN lots on both sides of Portage Ave.

The Arts Café is an opportunity for the NNN, Inc. to open its newly renovated homes to the public and celebrate all that is great about living in the Near Northwest Neighborhood.

Local artists fill the homes and street with their creations.  Live musicians perform all day long while neighbors and visitors greet each other, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the Autumnal weather.  The Café features a variety of artists including: painters, photographers, pottery artists, culinary artists, live musicians, textile artists, and jewelry artists.

The 13th Annual Arts Cafe will also bring back a hayride through the neighborhood, visits into NNN homes, the instantly loved Kids Zone, and more. 

Next Week - October 16-22

...we'll be celebrating National Bulk Foods Week with 20% off all bulk foods for everyone.

Member-owner Sales

Check out a list of the October Deals for Member-owners.  Look for the YELLOW price tags in the store that has MBR SALE! on them.  We're passing on the savings to our Member-owners.

Its National Fair Trade Month & National Co-op Month!

We have lots of Fair Trade certified products on sale to celebrate - from our friends at Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, Dr. Bronner's, Theo Chocolate, Guayaki, Higher Grounds, Singing Rooster, and more!

Also - All Member-owners get a 25% discount on all packaged Frontier Natural Foods herbs and spices.  

PPC 2016 Annual Member-owner meeting.

Its what makes us different.  We're not Martin's, we're not Wallmart.  Our Member-owners have a vote!
What: Potluck, Vote on Board Directors, Vote to approve Bylaw changes (See the proposed Bylaws here)
Who: Everyone may attend. Voting is by Member-owners in good standing
When: Sunday, October 30, 4-7pm
Where: LangLab 1302 High St. South Bend

 

LOCAL FARMERS MARKET - EVERY WEDNESDAY

Ordering is Friday noon through Monday 7pm - Click on the link and Bookmark it in your web browser.  Everyone is welcome to use this online ordering system. Or just show up - meet your local producers on Wednesday 4:30-7:30pm.