Pop Up Grocer, a traveling pop-up grocery store, launched last year, and after successful stops in New York and Los Angeles, the temporary market is coming to Austin in June.
Founded by brand and marketing entrepreneur Emily Schildt, the shop at 408 W. Second St. will feature more than 100 brands whose products aren’t necessarily available in grocery stores yet.
Schildt took the pop-up market off the road during the coronavirus shutdown, but now that retail businesses are reopening, she decided to pick up the tour with the Austin store, an Instagram-friendly space where shoppers can find more than 400 new, innovative food, beverage, home, pet and body care products that suit their lifestyles.
Many of these products are from newer brands that don’t have national distribution, and there are a handful of Austin products on shelves and in the freezers, too, including Good Pop, Afia, Bearded Brothers, Fit Joy, Siete, Zubi’s, Clean Cause and Yellowbird hot sauce.
Many of the products are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, non-GMO, low-sugar, nut-free, preservative-free, refined sugar-free and/or women-owned. Sour Duck Market has signed on to provide fresh bread in the store. Five percent of proceeds will go to All Together ATX.
Schildt recently launched a Pop Up Grocer Box, which allows customers to order a box for delivery ($60) that includes a mix of grocery, home and body care products, with 10% of proceeds going to Feeding America.
“Pop Up Grocer is in a unique position to provide both an essential service — groceries for the local area — and essential feelings — happiness and a sense of normalcy,” the company said in a release.
Store organizers are taking cautionary measures, including having hand sanitizer and face masks available for customers and a limit of no more than four customers in the store at a time.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 5 through June 28, and customers also can make an appointment for individual shopping between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day.
Pop Up Grocer will host virtual programming in the evenings with food entrepreneurs and industry experts who will talk about the evolving grocery industry.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to shop, go to popupgrocer.co.
Want to try a box of Austin-based products?
Austin’s consumer packaged goods or CPG industry has been responding to the coronavirus pandemic in all kinds of ways, with many businesses finding new avenues to sell their products online.
Naturally Austin is a nonprofit founded last year to help promote hundreds of Austin food, beverage and body care companies, and last week, the organization announced it would be shipping bundles of Austin-based goods around the country.
The eight Austin Naturally bundles start at $50 and are built around themes, from self-care to sweets to beverages or breakfast. Each box includes six to 10 full-size products, and 5% of each sale will go to Keep Austin Fed, a local nonprofit that redistributes surplus food to people living with food insecurity.
Local participating companies include Kibo Chickpea Chips, Granarly Whole Grain Snack Blend, Stroop Club Stroopwafels, Tea Drops, Chinook Seedery, Wunderkeks, Strong Coffee Co., 3 Small Plates, Other Mother and Sovereignty Purpose, a cognitive enhancement supplement.
Some of the boxes include nonfood items, such as body wash, candles and even hand sanitizer from a local company called Pretty Frank.
“We considered this a win/win for our members and the community,” Naturally Austin executive director Emily Kealey said in a release. “This helps them during a trying time and showcases the breadth of innovation in our community by getting their products into new hands — not just in Austin but all over the country.”
Naturally Austin says it’ll have a pickup option for local orders in coming weeks, but until then, you can find out more about the boxes and place an order for shipping at naturallyaustin.org.
Johnson’s Backyard Garden prepping for annual bulk tomato sale
It’s tomato time out at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, the East Austin and Bastrop County farm that runs the largest community-supported agriculture program in the Austin area.
With the summer months upon us, so are the farm’s first tomatoes, a bright yellow cherry tomato that will be in CSA boxes and at area farmers markets this week. In June, the farm will have more than half a dozen varieties for sale through its annual bulk tomato sale, which is open for presale now.
Through the website, jbgorganic.com/tomatopresale, customers can preorder 15 and 20 pounds of beefsteak slicing tomatoes, San Marzanos, Cherokee purple and green tomatoes for pickup at sites from San Antonio to Dallas, as well as Houston.
In other farm news, after having a waitlist in March, the CSA is open to new subscribers, who can order various sizes of produce boxes for pickup or delivery with the option to add eggs and coffee.