Sprout Fresh Food Store

The idea for Sprout Fresh Food Store came to us early. When we began talking to neighbors about the things they'd like to see changed about our community, it was almost unanimous–"We want a place to buy vegetables."

Growing vegetables is great, but to make real change to the health of our community, we were going to need to create a place to buy healthy foods all year, not just the Michigan growing season.

You see, within walking distance of our neighborhood are three gas stations, two coney islands, and a number of bars and liquor stores. There are no gas stations. We began to imagine what it would look like to open a small vegetable store. After all, we'd have the market to ourselves!

In 2013 we bought a building. We imagined that it would be a breeze to just open up weeks after we bought it.  Many other people had other plans however. It was here that we learned about building permits, new plumbing, new furnaces, a new roof and more. In the end, after three years and almost $100,000 of renovations, we were able to open Sprout Fresh Food Store in January of 2017.

Pop Up Markets

As the building was being renovated, we didn't want to wait to start making better lives for our neighbors. We thought there must be something that we could be doing while we were without a building, and the idea of pop-up markets was born with the simple idea of just taking the produce to where people were already meeting. 

With the help of the Oakland County Health Division, Healthy Pontiac We Can, and our friends at several local agencies, we began doing once a week farm stands in places where people were already gathering: the Pontiac Public Library, OLHSA, Bowen Senior Center, and Community Housing Network. 

We love setting up for one-time events as well. If you have a community event coming up and would love fresh, affordable, healthy food options there, please contact us at sproutfreshfoodstore@gmail.com  

Coming Soon: Mobile Unit

As the building was being renovated, we didn't want to wait to start making better lives for our neighbors. We thought there must be something that we could be doing while we were without a building, and the idea of pop-up markets was born with the simple idea of just taking the produce to where people were already meeting. 

With the help of the Oakland County Health Division, Healthy Pontiac We Can, and our friends at several local agencies, we began doing once a week farm stands in places where people were already gathering: the Pontiac Public Library, OLHSA, Bowen Senior Center, and Community Housing Network. 

We love setting up for one-time events as well. If you have a community event coming up and would love fresh, affordable, healthy food options there, please contact us at sproutfreshfoodstore@gmail.com  

32 Newberry Street

Pontiac, Michigan 48341

Micah6Community@gmail.com

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