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.
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