Have you seen the local Produce?
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:
- Jelena Farms - a produce grower that utilizes once-vacant lots in South Bend for Urban Farming
- Ridge Lane Farms - Certified Organic farm from New Paris, IN
- Hebron Farms - Long-time producer at Purple Porch from Vandalia, MI.
We have agreed to an arrangement with these three producers where they will regularly stock their produce in our produce department - and we'll let them make the decision on what to stock. It's a work in progress - making sure that everyone gets a fair shake on the deal. But we hope that this collaboration will provide more options for you for locally produced food at Purple Porch.
We'll also continue to carry the Green Spirit Farms lettuce, Moon & Son Mushrooms, and Farming for Life carrots and Springhope Farm fruit (when in season). The bulk of the space will be dedicated to the three primary producers above.
How do we know this works? You buy more local produce. We're keeping track! Vote with your dollar and let us know you want more local produce. And watch as the selection gets bigger an better throughout the season.
Yes - we'll still carry bananas and avocados. For some, this may seem like a contradiction. Those two (non-local) to are a couple of our biggest sellers - for the whole store. So we'll take that as an indicator that our customers demand those in our store. They taste good too!
Best Market Ever - Wednesday 4:30 - 10:00
Kick off the Summer with our Best Market Ever
Live music - Will Smaka Band
Wood fired pizza - Hearth and Market
Beer - Goshen Brewing Company - Beer List – Millrace Hefe, 5.8%, Mama Zacca IPA 5.6%, and The Grind Coffee Brown Porter 6.5%
Local Food Producers including Hebron Farms, Jelena Farms, Ride Lane Farm, Jake's Country Meats, Bendix Coffee and more.
Each Wednesday during the warmer months we host local food producers for our outdoor farmers market. Come celebrate the beginning of this new season!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Would you like to help out with this fun event? We need two people for each hour to help check IDs for our beer garden. Please let us know - much sooner than later - if you are willing/able to help one of the hour shifts between 4:30 and 8:30. Please send an email to Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Chocolate Ever - First Friday
5:00 - 8:00 pm. - at Purple Porch
Made at LangLab here in South Bend. Hans will sample his chocolate and have his bars for sale. We have them in the store all the time - but now is your chance to have a free taste!
Check out our Wednesday Farmers Market
Not only this Wednesday for the big kick-off - but Every Wednesday 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome - just like any typical farmers' market. But market focuses on (and is exclusive to) food producers that produce within a 60 mile radius of South Bend.
You're welcome to place an order ahead of time using our online ordering system. Again, this is for anyone - you do not need to be a Co-op Member-owner. Ordering takes place Friday noon through Monday 7pm - give it a try here: http://purpleporch.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products