Now, with over 370 Member-owners (and counting) - the community has demonstrated support and we're ready to move on to the next step toward a food co-op in downtown South Bend.
New to the Co-op?
Membership is not required to shop. Here is how it works.
Products to order Order over the weekend for Wednesday (5pm-7pm)
Products to Order Tues-Thurs for Saturday (pickup 8:30-9am)
Become A Member-Owner
While not required - as a cooperative, Member financial support is necessary - especially as we develop our new location downtown South Bend. Grow Here
When & Where
Local Food Market
Join us to help green our community!
Rain Barrel Ball
September 7, 2013
6:00 p.m. | Century Centry | South Bend
Evening wear and garden gloves recommended, but not required.
For more information and to reserve tables
Long, long ago, on a purple porch (not) far away….
Purple Porch Coop began in 2009 with a few South Bend friends dreaming of how to connect local consumers with local producers. They called a meeting….and hundreds of people showed up!
That first season, Spring 2009, members ordered online and picked their food up on Wednesdays at the Good Shepherd Montessori School. There were potlucks. As winter approached, members discussed whether to stay open, open occasionally, or close for the winter. We stayed open.
And in the next year there was more to buy, as growers learned about the increasing market.
In 2011 we moved distribution to LangLab. The space was wonderful and the LangLab organizers were true collaborators. But we learned that we needed to be more accessible and visible to the community
And we had a dream.
Our dream was to move from a buying club to a full-time store in downtown South Bend, offering local and organic foods - raw and prepared. Committees formed. We explored possibilities. Two members bought a building for us, and we designed a renovation. In 2012 we changed the way we do Membership and increased to 300 Member-owners.
Which Brings Us To….Now
We now more than 350 Member-owners, a building in the East Bank Village, and with Ancon Construction, and Greg Kil Architecture, we have designed a renovation that will begin in early September. Financing has been creative and multifaceted. The renovation will occur in three phases, and the store will open by November 2013. It will then be a full-time store, with a café, providing local, sustainable, fair trade, and delicious food to the entire area. You need not be a member to shop—but member-owners join a community in which they have a voice and get some additional benefits.
All this has been possible because of the hard work and enthusiastic participation of our Board, committees, and members-owners!
If you can help with any of this, the vision will become a reality even faster!
Spread the word. Shop at the Co-op. We’re on our way….to opening a building and providing delicious, fair, sustainable, local food for the entire South Bend community.