Friday, July 25, 2014

Popsmith: Locally Sourced Fruit Ice Pops

by Brit Charek

There's nothing quite like a refreshing ice pop on a hot summer day.
Now imagine those ice pops are made with locally sourced fruit that is fresh and in season. 

That's the idea behind Popsmith, who make ice pops that showcase Ohio's regional fruits and herbs. They stand behind the philosophy that their ice pops "are a reflection of our values and dedication to our local farmers."

Amazing seasonal flavors available at Countryside Conservancy's Farmers Markets!

"I was making homemade popsicles for the kids," says co-owner Beth Knorr, "and he [Beth's husband and business partner, Tim Knorr] was eating them to cool down after his runs, but he didn't like my flavors."

I guess perfection doesn't always come on the first try, but Beth was on to a great idea and Tim was looking to start a business enterprise.

"He began to do some online research for recipes and then just began experimenting on his own once he found a formula he liked," Knorr continues. "We started sharing the pops with our friends and they encouraged us to start a business. So, in 2013, we ordered equipment from Brazil and began this adventure."

In addition to selling their pops at farmers markets and special events, Popsmith is now offering a CSA service!

Logo designed by Andy Taray of The Social Dept
In typical CSAs, members buy “shares” of a farm’s harvest, investing early in the season in exchange for a portion of the fruits of the farmers’ labor throughout the season.

For Popsmith, members will receive a monthly box of seasonal flavors of ice pops made from local fruit. Each month’s share will include a total of fifteen pops, made up of a mix of between three and five flavors depending on what is seasonally available.

In addition to ice pops, members will also receive a letter with information on the farms where the fruit is sourced, information on upcoming events and behind the scenes information on Popsmith.

Three month subscriptions have already started and will begin again in August, at the cost of $115, a discount of 15% off their regular pop prices.

You can learn more at Popsmith's website. You can also follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to see all the cool things they're doing!


  1. I received a month's worth of my 3 month share about 12 days ago...yep, they are gone. Only 2.5 weeks to go....... The chocolate covered strawberry were fought for. I won.

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