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Grand opening of South Bend's Purple Porch Co-op starts Wednesday

Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend is having a grand opening celebration starting Wednesday, Sept. 17, with special sales happening through Saturday, Sept. 20. 

The co-op first opened its doors earlier this spring, but the official ribbon cutting took place Wednesday morning. Here’s the schedule of events starting Wednesday evening: 

5 to 7 p.m. — Weekly Local Food Market, featuring “Where It All Began – Meet Your Farmers” event. (Note: Depending on the number of visitors, the market may stay open until 8 p.m.)

5 to 8:30 p.m. — Celebration including: 

  • live music by Captain Ed Bennett & His N’er Do Wells and Phineas Gage
  • Gazpacho Contest – (From the website): ”Enter your favorite version of gazpacho, that delicious summertime soup made from the bounty of late summer harvest.The prize for the most delicious, most organic and most local gazpacho is a full member-ownership to Purple Porch, a $200 value. To enter this competition, bring a quart or more of your chilled gazpacho to the Gazpacho Competition Tent at the Purple Porch Co-op Store Grand Opening, 123 N. Hill Street, South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday September 17th between 4:30 and 6:00. Judging begins at 5:00. The winner will be announced that evening.”
  • Free Drawings
  • Free Samples from the kitchen
  • Kids activities

Special sales run through Saturday for all customers, including $1 La Rosita popsicles, 25-cents off Blue Sky sodas and 50-cents off Sweet Leaf teas. If you’re a member-owner at the co-op, there are even more specials available. Stop by the store or call 574-28-PORCH (76724) for more information.

Purple Porch Co-op is located at 123 N. Hill St., South Bend. 

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