Small Business Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our Summer Small Business Scholarship recipients: b Naked Chocolates, Fluffy Vegans, and Pachamama. We are proud to award direct financial support to market vendors as they adapt to the new retail climate. CFC believes that providing small, manageable grants can have a big impact on the local food system.
B Naked Chocolates: With a passion for health and fitness, owner Sue Berliner understands the importance of how food can affect your overall health. With this in mind, she sets out to create clean chocolates, treats, and snacks with whole foods and short ingredients for consumers to enjoy. She is working to share the message that snacks, and sweets can be made healthy. Scholarship funds will be used to directly share this message with signage to share with customers.
Fluffy Vegans: Fluffy Vegans is a family run business that has been with the market for four years. They work to bring plant-based foods to the community, with vegan cheezes and snacks. Their goal is to grow into a brick and mortar location, allowing them to offer a zero-waste marketplace for the community. They will use the scholarship funds to help purchase banners and signage for their booth at the market.
Pachamama: Pachamama has been with the market for just under a year. In that time customers have gotten to know Chef Kevin and his family not only at his booth but through the market cooking demonstrations. With new market health and safety restrictions in place, Pachamama had to rework its business model to adapt to a new market. Instead of selling hot prepared food on Saturdays, they have taken on prepackaging food for customers to enjoy at home. Scholarship funds awarded to them this season will help them purchase packaging supplies to help them convert their business model.
At Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market we place a very high value on our vendor community. These committed small businesses that make up our market are so important not just to our organization, but also to our community at large. We are committed to helping our vendors continue to experience great success.