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Purple Porch Co-op was established in 2009 when a few friends sat on a purple porch and dreamed of making the food system more transparent and fair.To visit Purple Porch Co-op on your holiday in South Bend, and find out what else South Bend has to offer, use our South Bend.
Since then we have evolved from a weekly market to a full service grocery store, cafe and market in downtown South Bend. We opened in February 2013.
Everyone is welcome to come in and check out the bounty of local and organic foods.
And even the prepared foods in Café Max are made completely from scratch using the high-quality local and organic ingredients for sale on the nearby shelves.
Come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner ; pick up prepared foods for sharing at home or at work; drink our wonderful Zen coffee; buy our local and organic/fair trade products, including produce; stock up on bulk foods.
Or come to the Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:30 pm and meet the producers. You can order in advance using the link to the right.
Whatever your reasons for seeking a co-op—just looking for good food; concerned about fair treatment of producers, animals, the earth, and workers; preferring organic food for health; passionate for economic and food justice; seeking a community and welcoming space—we have it in our store.
Purple Porch Co-op reviews
My daughter, 14, and I came here for kombucha and a snack. A nice variety of organic and vegan foods. We wound up staying longer than we had planned as It had a coffee shop like atmosphere. Come...
My daughter, 14, and I came here for kombucha and a snack. A nice variety of organic and vegan foods. We wound up staying longer than we had planned as It had a coffee shop like atmosphere. Come... more »
Quaint little place in the up and coming area across the river from downtown. Local and organic food. Fermented drinks and free trade coffee. If you are looking for it, they likely have it...
Quaint little place in the up and coming area across the river from downtown. Local and organic food. Fermented drinks and free trade coffee. If you are looking for it, they likely have it... more »
Update 3/28/22: I made my annual visit and I still can’t believe how perfect this store is! The nicest employees and a template for what I hope my local coop will offer once it opens. Books, fair trade decor, blankets, the cutest Easter gift baskets, candles, the coziest sweatshirts, gluten-free vegan treats, the tastiest curried cashew hummus, kombucha offerings I’ve seen nowhere else, and gf & v hot soup. Okay, they also carry my favorite raw chocolate (Rawmio out of Illinois, not carried at ANY other health food store I’ve been to) and local moisturizers made by the Soapy Gnome and Sai Shakti. *Bernie 👀 has been relocated to the bathroom, causing me a mini heart palpitation when I forgot about him until I noticed him over my shoulder while washing my hands. 😳 Oh my word! I stopped in on the way to my Airbnb and couldn’t have made a better decision! Bernie greeted me, beautiful fresh flowers and plants, lovely candles and coffee and vegan, gluten free, sugar free jam (which I’ve never seen for sale in all for my travels) and all the things I’d ever need to enjoy my little mini road trip for work. I’d stay in South Bend again anytime as long as I can visit the Purple Porch!
My son and I look forward to every Friday for our after work/school treats from here on way home. There aren't many places we can go to (at least conveniently or quickly) for not only vegan friendly but allergy friendly foods. My son and I look forward to our visits and every employee we have met has been so pleasant and helpful. I love the house made breakfast burritos and wraps to grab and go too. Grateful a place like this exists.
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