At Poppy’s, we believe commercial partnerships and retail models need to work for our farmers, too. Our innovative economic model offers farmers the opportunity to build an equity stake in our shop over time.
Our Farmer Owners
Our Farmer Ownership Program enables the farmer and the retailer (that’s us!) t0 work together in a new way to strengthen the food system, economic independence, entrepreneurship, a resilient food shed, and local job creation. The Farmer Owners below have joined Poppy’s to create strong, long-term equity partnerships in order to consistently serve our community with the highest quality real local food.
“Blooming Glen Farm is thrilled to work with Poppy’s Greengrocer, an experienced partner in the industry who understands and values seasonality – who is willing to carry and highlight products when they at their peak flavor and quality.
We look forward to having an extremely local partner not just for ease of delivery but also to strengthen that dialogue between our farm and our consumers. Poppy’s is in our food shed – their customers are our customers. Poppy’s will be able to focus on retailing our product to both our established customers in that area, as well as reaching new ones, which leaves us to be able to focus on what we do best: growing.
Poppy’s profit-sharing model is unique and demonstrates that they value their growers. Their seriousness about having a strong relationship with ongoing open dialogue will in turn strengthen our farm, enabling us to better plan and weather each growing season.”
– Tom Murtha & Tricia Borneman
Farmers and Owners of Blooming Glen Farm
We’re operating by a new model that works for everyone – you, our region’s farmers, our local economies, and Poppy’s.
How Our Farmer Ownership Program Works
Develop strong, long-term equity partnerships with local farms in order to consistently serve the community with the highest quality real local food. We want to give these suppliers the opportunity to share in Poppy’s profits.
Provide a meaningful retail outlet to small farmers where they can sell a significant amount of their products in partnership with us, a local retailer who deeply values and respects the role of the farmer.
Give local farmer partners a strong sense of ownership in a retail business that’s providing real value for them, not only financially, but by offering a broad range of benefits. For example, farmers have the opportunity to sell their products as if they were selling at their own farm market, but without the retail risk and overhead costs.
Poppy’s promises to support our Farmer Owners by always paying on time, providing the opportunity to earn dividends and own stock, and prioritizing their products in store layout, signage, and marketing. We also collaborate with our Farmer Owners on calculating market demand and product supply, so they can better plan for production.
Our Farmer Owners also receive support in business planning, the option to participate in quarterly business planning sessions with other Farmer Owners, and to be part of a support peer group that reviews each farm’s operating metrics and supports their advancement towards their goals.
In return, Poppy’s asks our Farmer Owners for preferred pricing and to be at the top of their list for the best products and availability of those products so that we can serve our customers the highest quality local food.