Poppy’s Greengrocer plans spring opening in New Hope

Future storefront (Courtesy of Brett Webber Architects)

Poppy’s Greengrocer, an independently-owned natural food market, plans to open its doors at 415 York Road in New Hope this spring.

The 4,000+ square foot location is situated next door to Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods & Catering, and will feature local and organic produce and flowers, along with local, grass-fed meat, sustainably caught seafood, natural and organic groceries, and sustainable home goods.

Poppy’s is the brainchild of Jennifer Brodsky, who grew up in Philadelphia, and currently resides in Erwinna with her husband and two dogs. She’s co-founder of Kitchen Table Consultants, a locally-based national food and farm consulting group, and formerly served as marketing manager of Willow Creek Orchards in Collegeville, and as general manager of Terrain in Glenn Mills.

Store layout (Courtesy of Brett Webber Architects)

Brodsky sees a natural synergy with the popular Jamie Hollander.

“I’m really excited and proud to be their neighbor,” she said. “We want our [shopping] center to become a culinary destination. I see it as a full shop, where we’re the grocery side, and they’re the prepared food side.”

The unifying theme at Poppy’s centers around products that are local, seasonal, and sustainable. At the core of the offerings is produce from Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, who will maintain a growing ownership stake in the business.

“The more they sell, the more actual equity they’ll have in Poppy’s,” explained Brodsky. “It’s an opportunity to break the [traditional] model of a grocery store. I had trouble finding local produce, local meat, and local glass-bottled milk in one place. It’s all based off of simple, fresh seasonally-driven cooking.”

Poppy’s is currently under construction next to Jamie Hollander.

“Fruit and vegetables are my passion,” she continued. “I love the hustle of produce.”

Sharing center stage at Poppy’s will be a snack bar run by Culinary Director Chadd Jenkins, former chef-owner of Philadelphia’s Little Fish restaurant.  The eat-in/take-out section boasts a seasonal menu that will rotate with farmers’ harvests, and feature sourdough wood-fired pizza, bread and weekend bagels, bone broth noodle bowls, and composed salads to pair with a rotating selection of local nitro coffee and kombucha on tap.

A zero-waste pantry program  in Poppy’s bulk section will utilize an innovative reusable container program to reduce waste and elevate the shopping experience.

(Courtesy of Brett Webber Architects)

“All of the basics, like pasta and rice, will be prepackaged in reusable containers,” said Brodsky, who added that fresh milk will be available in old-fashioned bottles on deposit.

“We’ll offer the convenience of accessing the most local product available, seven days a week,” she said.

Poppy’s Greengrocer should open in late May, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for June 8, according to Brodsky.

You can follow their progress on Facebook.

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