You Can Help Crowdfund Healthy Treats For Kids!

It’s hard to be a healthy kid these days. Around every corner, junk foods in brightly colored packages seem to leap off the shelves and beg to be eaten. But health conscious parents know that just because a product is marketed for kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean that product is actually good for kids.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn that Liz Snyder, one of my favorite farmers and food activists, was starting a micro-business to create delicious frozen treats for kids made from locally-grown ingredients.

“It was my daughter, Helen (aka our “Little Bee”), who first came up with the idea for Little Bee Pops,” said Snyder. “Basically, she was sick and tied of not being allowed to get treats from the ice cream cart at the park. I’m also pretty sure she was tired of hearing me rant about a market flooded with cheap, subsidized corn & soy creating a toxic food supply full of corn syrup and additives that was then fobbed off on the youngest, most unsuspecting consumers.

Ask for a treat, get a lecture on agricultural economics. Yes, I am that mom.

“With a long-suffering eyeroll, she said “So Mom, why don’t you sell your pops at the park? Then moms and kids could be happy.” And with that, the idea for Little Bee Pops was born.”


Now, Snyder and her friend and business partner Lilia Shwartz, are working to turn that idea into a reality. Just over a week ago, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign to help crowdfund the seed capital they need to get Little Bee Pops off the ground. They hope to raise $15,000 by January 10th, and generous donors have already helped them gather almost $5,000 toward that goal. And what is the ultimate goal for Little Bee Pops?

To have bicycle-powered ice cream carts streaming through our fair city, selling sweet treats that improve our local economy, the viability of our small farms and gardens, and the health of our children. To have a kitchen that supports other locavore, sustainable food entrepreneurs in that shaky, what-the-hell-are-we-doing start up phase. To donate our time and pops to raising funds for garden-based education, sustainable agriculture, and fiercely local food.

Please consider making a small donation to Little Bee Pops. You’ll be supporting a small, woman-owned business that will in turn help support local farms growing healthy food.

Also Check Out:

A Student’s Guide To Local Food

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16 comments

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

suheyla c.
Suheyla C.4 years ago

Thank you for this research. Very nice ideas. I congratulate you because of your work. Business leaders have chosen to target children in my country to make money. Very difficult to convince their children.

Mandi A.
Ama A.4 years ago

Interesting...thank you

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Claudette Colbert

Sounds good. I for one find packaging and commercials far too aggressive.

Randi L.
Randi Levin4 years ago

They sound delicious but much to expensive for the children in need of healthier treats!

Abo r.
Abo r.4 years ago

Parents need to be sure which is suitable for thier children and must not forget the individuality and what is suitable for one might not be for the another one.
Always choose what is suitable for your kids.

Abo r.
Abo r.4 years ago

Parents need to be sure which is suitable for thier children and must not forget the individuality and what is suitable for one might not be for the another one.
Always choose what is suitable for your kids.

William K.
William K.4 years ago

"But health conscious parents know that just because a product is marketed for kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean that product is actually good for kids."

Understatement of the year. Anything marketed to kids has the sole purpose and intent of cleaning out the parent's bank account, with no concern for the well being of kids whatsoever.

Victoria Pitchford
Vicky P.4 years ago

good idea :)