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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617



August 25, 2017

PPC Admin

We need your help to fill some PPC Board of Directors vacancies.

New Ends Policy

Goodbye to our College students - and Hello to new additions to our great team!

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June 19, 2017

PPC Admin

Purple Porch is a business too.  But while profitability, solvency and liquidity are at the front of our work, we are motivated by community, local producers, co-op workers and environmental sustainability.  

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May 26, 2017

PPC Admin

We're trying something new at Purple Porch with the goal of increasing the amount of local seasonal produce available to you all.  We are working with three primary local producers:

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May 8, 2017

PPC Admin

A few Changes for our Cafe hours

Sundays: The salad bar and hot foods will be closed on Sundays.Please take a look at what we have to offer in our grab and go case.

Weekdays and Saturdays: The Salad bar and hot foods will open at 10:30am.  That does mean we will no longer be offering hot breakfast options.  Instead, check out the freshly baked goods and hot coffee that we'll continue to offer at 8:00am Monday-Saturday.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to evolve how we can best serve our customers.


Co-ops exist to serve the needs of its Member-owners.  

All customers and Member-owners are encouraged to take about 15 minutes to give us your frank and thoughtful feedback by completing this survey.  And to encourage people to participate, we will be drawing four recipients of a $25 PPC gift card.  The survey can be anonymous.  But, we need your email to let yo know if you won (that is the only purpose of collecting your email address, it will not be otherwise tied to your response).

Your feedback will be an important consideration as we develop a long-range plan for the Co-op this year.

Please also forward this link to your friends and family that you know patronize the Co-op.  

Go here: through Friday, May 12.


Come be part of a growing local business in the heart of South Bend's East Bank neighborhood. We are currently hiring for customer service and kitchen positions – starting wage is 10.10/hour.

Applications can be picked up in store and all questions about the cashier jobs can be emailed to; All questions about the cook positions in the kitchen can be emailed to

Election of Board Directors - April 16 - 23

PPC Admin

Member-owners: Please take a few minutes to review the bios and vote for those candidates who you feel will best represent the Purple porch Co-op.  Voting will take place in the store.  Results will be announced at the Annual Member's Meeting on April 23.

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March 6, 2017

PPC Admin

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  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?


  • 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.


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

PPC Admin

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

PPC Admin

$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

PPC Admin


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

PPC Admin

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.


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

PPC Admin

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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