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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617



January 12, 2018

Jacob Titus

Message from the GM: Member Participation

Purple Porch is a mission-driven cooperative business. We seek to increase access to local food, pay a fair wage to producers and employees, and remain transparent about what we do and why we do it; all while ensuring we bring in enough revenue to make PPC economically sustainable. For me it's about balancing our economic, social, and environmental impact so we can remain true to our values, keep our doors open, and plan for the future.

Co-ops need participation from member-owners to meet their goals; that participation can come in many forms. For some, participating means coming in to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner from our hot bar and salad bar. For others participation looks like stocking up on groceries throughout the week. For some it could mean coming to events we hold, joining the board, or even working in the store. In practice, many member-owners pull a little bit from each category. 

Principle 3 of co-operative business is Member Economic Participation. It's a principle I think we often gloss over, not because members and staff don't understand its importance, but possibly because most of us would prefer to talk about other things like where our food is sourced from. I, too, would prefer to talk about the local food producers we work with, but for the moment I'm going to focus on the elephant in the room.

Purple Porch needs its member-owners and customers to shop in our store. It's not a plea or a demand, just a reality of operating a co-op. I ran some numbers recently and found if we could have 14 more shoppers a day and if each existing shopper along with our new shoppers spent $1.00 more per visit, we would bring in an additional $60,000 in gross profit each year. That would make it easier for us to do everything from paying back member-loans, to offering benefits to employees, to giving back to the community.

We realize we can't carry everything you want, we're a small store with limited resources.  But we do hope we can be your first stop and that you can find many of the things you want and need in your store. And, if we don't have what you are looking for we will do what we can to get it for you.

Here's to a strong 2018 for PPC,
-Myles Robertson, GM


Cooperative Principle 6

P6 is all about cooperation amongst co-operatives. It's always been my favorite co-op principle because it implores us to share knowledge with the folks around the country doing similar work. It means we don't have to reinvent the wheel at every turn. For the past few months we've been working with many Great Lakes co-ops, building relationships, sharing ideas, and in some cases sharing services. In Quarter 4 of 2017 four staff members were able to participate in trainings and seminars thanks to the co-op network we are a part of.
 Board Elections

On Sunday, April 22nd we will hold our Annual All-Member Meeting (please save the date). We're planning for a great turnout. There will be  a State-of-the-Co-op report, you'll hear from our existing Board of Directors, and we'll elect Board members. If you have interest in joining the Board please contact Board President, Nick Licina at 
 95% to Solar

As of today we have raised $19,000 towards the $20,000 project to solarize PPC. Just a few more contributions will push us over the top!

If you would like to contribute or want further detail, please contact General Manager Myles at


Membership Drive

During our Quarter 4 membership drive the staff blew past our goal of 48 new member-owners and brought in 67 new members! To the 67 new members who joined, thank you for supporting Purple Porch and welcome aboard. 


October 30, 2017

Jacob Titus

Solarizing PPC: Update

Two weeks ago, we launched a campaign to raise $20,000 to get solar on our building. Response from member-owners has been phenomenal! We currently have $14,250 committed to the project. That's 71% funded. Thus far, all donations have been from member-owners, and donations have ranged from $50-$2000. Every bit helps and is appreciated.

We're well-situated to have the project fully-funded, but we still need your help. If 60 of you reading this gave $100, we would reach our goal. If 30 of you gave $200, we'd reach our goal. If 12 of you gave $500, we'd reach our goal. You get the idea.

This solar installation will cover 15% of our energy consumption (the equivalent use of two U.S. households), save us money, and allow us to live our values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

If you would like to contribute or want further detail, please contact Interim General Manager Myles at


Message from the Interim GM - Working Together


October has been a whirlwind month for the a good way. We started things off with Oktoberfest, where – despite threatening weather – we had a massive crowd. We served farm-to-table meals consisting of Jake's Country Meats bratwurst, Farming for Life sauerkraut, potato salad using Hebron Farms potatoes, and apple streusel featuring Lehman's Orchard apples. Nearly everything on the plate was produced within a 60-mile radius of our store! We also brought former employee Rachel Berryman in to help serve beer from four regional breweries.  

The front-end staff and I met mid-month to talk about membership: what it is, what it means to our member-owners, what it means to our store, and how best to communicate these ideas to customers. We spent a healthy amount of time each sharing what Purple Porch means to us. After the meeting we dove into our membership drive and have had 20 new member-owners join so far in the month of October. To give you an idea of how great the front staff has become at communicating our mission, an average month this year yielded eight new member-owners.

To end the month, we catered a vegan wedding. Sabrina led the way on recipe creation and production schedule, and Maureen helped set up at the wedding. Katie stayed late in our kitchen to help me get my feet before I closed the kitchen that night, and Daniel powered through the catering dishes.

Our success in each of these very different areas really was built on teamwork. Employees from different departments and different shifts all came together to make it happen.


This Wednesday - Market and Music


Shop on Wednesdays from 5-7pm to see what our Market Night has to offer. This will be one of our last outdoor markets of the year.

October 16, 2017

Jacob Titus

Help Us Solarizing Purple Porch! We're Almost Halfway There!

In an effort to live our value of environmental stewardship and to save some money on our energy bills we are proud to say we a pursuing solar at Purple Porch. We're partnering with Inovateus Solar, a locally owned and operated solar company, to make this happen. Inovateus are leaders in large commercial solar installations but they love what we do and stand for at Purple Porch and are happy to work on a smaller scale for our project. For just $20,000 (about half the price of other quotes we received) we can cover our roof in a 15kW solar array. So far we have $8,000 committed to this project through donations and we're looking to get the remaining $12,000 committed by the end of October. If you would like to contribute or want further detail please contact Interim General Manger Myles at

Groceries are prime candidates for solar because we're consuming a lot of energy 24 hours a day through refrigeration. This means anytime the sun is shining we'll have the demand to consume what we produce. Over the course of a year we'll off-set approximately 15% of our total energy consumption. That may not sound like a lot but that 15% is the equivalent to the electricity consumed by two average US. homes, approximately 20,000 kWh annually.

If installed we'll be able to use this project as an educational tool for the community, save money, and reduce our carbon footprint. It's a win-win-win for sustainability in our community.


Message from the Interim GM - The Push to 1000


In Spring of 2014 when we opened we had 350 member-owners. Fast-forward 3.5 years and we have 970 member-owners! Many of the 620 member-owners we've added during that time came in the first year as we reached a whole new crowd of people after moving into a great location. Now we find ourselves in reach of 1000 member-owners, a number we've dreamed about for a long time. We're ready to make the push to get us there by the end of 2017.

Internally, the staff has spent time talking about why we work here and why we are member-owners. Each of us values something different about PPC. I see that as a testament to the many ways we serve our member-owners and the community. We've worked to develop strategies to communicate those ideas to shoppers and we've organized a membership drive that keeps us (front staff, kitchen staff, and office staff) working together to meet a shared goal.

Our staff is working hard to help us meet this goal but there are things you, our member-owners, can do to help us reach our goal as soon as possible. Spread the word about what we do to your friends and family. We source from clean sources, supporting dozens of small food businesses along the way. We offer a supportive, inclusive work environment.  We are owned by the community and serving that community is a core tenant of what we do. (The list goes on.) Bring them in for lunch or dinner, or on Mondays and Thursdays bring them in for a breakfast burrito. If you're reading this email and you aren't a member-owner consider taking the leap. Every new membership helps us serve the community better.


This Wednesday - Market and Music


Shop on Wednesdays from 5-7pm to see what our Farmers' Market has to offer. It's harvest season so we've got a something for everyone.

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).