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Purple Porch Co-op is building a cooperative store featuring local and sustainably produced foods in Downtown South Bend, Indiana.

What is Purple Porch?

Purple Porch Co-op connects consumers and producers in a local food market in South Bend, Indiana. Currently, we have two markets a week. All of the vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy, eggs, breads, desserts, coffee, and kombucha are grown/raised/produced within a 60 mile radius.

Our Goal

We are building a full-time grocery store providing delicious, fair, sustainable, local food for the entire South Bend community. In addition to housing our weekly markets, the store will feature:

  • Fruit and vegetables (local, organic, transparent methods)
  • Meats, eggs, and dairy (local, grass fed, organic, sustainable)
  • Produced food (local, transparent methods)
  • Bulk goods (locally sourced)
  • Salad bar and Deli (locally sourced)
  • Café (locally sourced)
  • Certified Kitchen

Our Funding and Progress

Financing the store has been creative and multifaceted. From our 350+ member-owners, we have raised over $125,000 in member loans. We have been awarded grants from Downtown South Bend and have partnered with a local credit union for additional financing. We have finalized our construction plans, and renovation on the exterior of the building is underway.

This is the video we used for our Member-loan campaign.  Just to be clear - we're NOT asking you for a loan - but this video does a great job explaining the campaign and shows some of the great people of Purple Porch Co-op.

Why Kickstarter?

While the support from our member-owners and community has truly been amazing - and we continue to ask for their support - we still need more financial energy in order to open the store. The local food movement is a global movement, and we have the opportunity to secure all of its virtues into the heart of a burgeoning downtown South Bend. Kickstarter allows us to extend beyond Michiana and share our dream of a locally-sourced food store with those who are just becoming aware of us.

Our Kickstarter goal is $15,000. This will help us purchase required equipment for the store, including

  • two checkout counters
  • installation of reach-in freezer and cooler
  • new locally made outdoor sign
  • start-up pay for employees for store set up

Our Community

We are located on the East Bank of down town South Bend, a neighborhood in midst of revitalization. South bend is growing, and our values will guide its growth. We are the community, and this is reflected by our actions.

  • We are the first market to accept EBT food stamps in South Bend
  • We will be the only daily resource for organic and fair trade foods in downtown South Bend
  • Local products support local small businesses
  • Each dollar spent on local products is money kept in our community
"The Porch" by Patty Reddy
"The Porch" by Patty Reddy

We Value:

                  Locally sourced food

                  Transparency 

                  Sustainability

                  Community

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are numerous challenges to opening a store full-time - equipment, staffing, inventory...

The community beyond the Co-op is also ready to help. Our downtown development group DTSB (Downtown South Bend) has awarded the Co-op over $28,000 in grants to help get the store open.

As a co-op that has seen steady growth in in its first 4 years, we have a great resource at our disposal - people. We have over 350 community members that have joined the Co-op as Member-owners. We have a dedicated Board of Directors and Manager - including 2 founders and others that have been with the Co-op since day 1. We have over 20 regular food producers that will (in part) supply the store with seasonal produce, meats, eggs, dairy and baked goods. We are ready for the challenges.

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