Pop Up Produce 'pops up' at Front Porch Sundays
This past Sunday, Front Porch Sundays kicked off the “first Sunday of every month” pop up market in South End. Over 50 independent local businesses were set up selling everything from candles to clothes, jewelry to snacks, and yep you bet it, even Pop Up Produce Fresh Start Kits! The weather was ideal, our vendor space was set up under this beautiful tree, and our furry friend, Murphy (my shih tzu) even came out to be part of our outdoor work space for the day. I know he loved laying in the grass next to our table. If only every work day could be this ideal.
Our team had the chance to engage a variety of people –both locals and out-of-towners—and inform them about the work we are doing in our community and the severity of food deserts, locally and nationally.
Some pretty awesome highlights of the day include:
- Friends and supporters came out to Front Porch Sunday; Pop Up Produce’s awesome social entrepreneur mentor Amy Chiou of Queen City Forward even stopped by to see us in action!
- A young lady stopped by our tent exclaiming, “My friend just posted a picture on Snapchat with her Fresh Start Kit! I had to come by and check these Kits out for myself!” Who knew Snapchat is the way to spread our story? Maybe we should look into setting up an account…
- A sweet young girl came by our tent to learn more about our Fresh Start Kits. Turns out, she’s already an avid grower, and a middle schooler no less! I asked her what she’s currently growing at home and her list included cucumbers and carrots. Sounds like she knows what to do! She really appreciated what we’re doing in our community and loved the idea that her Fresh Start Kit purchase was helping another her age in a food desert learn how to grow, too. Can I please tell you how adorable this moment was for me? Time and time again, our youth really inspires me to make this world even better.
- What’s even cuter is this young girl handed me her payment in cash, including counting coins at the very end to get to her final amount. As she stood there counting coins, I felt like her chore money (or tooth fairy money?) was going to her willingness to our Buy One, Donate One program through our Fresh Start Kits. I just wanted to hug her for being so awesome! Seriously, this young girl made my day! Her mom was at the adjacent vendor and stopped by to learn more about Pop Up Produce. After chatting for a few minutes we realized next year her daughter will be attending one of the schools where the donation portions of our Kits are going to help supplement their garden! What a beautifully small world!
Our next event will be this coming Sunday, April 9 at Birdsong Brewery as part of the Pop-Up Market. Efforts will go to support The Bulb, a local non-profit “fighting to end food deserts by creating pop-up markets that provide access to local nutrition and education on health and wellness. The Pop-Up Market at Birdsong will aim to support another market in a food desert or vulnerable neighborhood”. We hope to see you out there!