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Bringing the Farm Downtown: How the Purple Porch Co-op Cultivates Local Food in South Bend

By Leong Weng Kuan and Molly Seidel

In the heart of South Bend’s East Race district sits a tiny brick building with a wide-reaching impact. “PURPLE PORCH CO-OP” is spelled out in iron letters over the door, through which a constant stream of people flow.

Inside, the small space is packed with shelves of nutritious whole foods, vibrant produce, and a cozy cafe with delicious smells that waft through the store.

Photo Credit_ Purple Porch Co-op
The Street View of Purple Porch Co-op in South Bend, IN

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