Purple Porch: The People’s Co-Op

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Purple Porch Co-op, located in South Bend, has revolutionized the concept of a cooperative and created something quite special. By fundraising through member loans, Purple Porch was able to open a brick-and-mortar grocery store/café. All products in the store are local (produced within 60 miles of the store), certified organic or naturally grown, and fairly priced. Purple Porch Co-op sells food and drink from nearly 100 local and regional producers.

The café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner using the high-quality local ingredients featured in the store itself. With over 1,000 member-owners to date, this co-op welcomes newcomers who want to get involved. Some perks of becoming a member-owner include patronage refund (profit sharing), a 10% entire store discount (once a month) and product specials, to name a few. To learn more about Purple Porch Co-op, visit purpleporch.coop.

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1 Comment

  1. Monica.calahan

    July 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I am looking for bushels if vegetables

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