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123 N. Hill St
South Bend, IN 46617



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.