Hi! I’m Lexi Lee-Johnson. I’m 19 years old and just came home to North Minneapolis after finishing my Freshman year at Jackson State University. I have worked with the youth who started Green Garden Bakery for the past six summers, since they were 9 and 10 years old. I look back on the first few summers that I've spent with these youth when they just started participating in healthy cooking and gardening classes. I am amazed and very honored to have watched these kids that grew a business from something that was completely foreign to them six years ago. I remember how much of a hassle it was to motivate these 9 and 10 year olds to work in the garden dirt on a hot summer day and now they their own garden that is 10x as big and they take so much pride in running themselves. Many of these kids were shy or bouncing off the walls and didn’t know how to talk to adults. Now they are confident business leaders that are able to talk to anyone. I can’t help but smile that youth from an urban environment started a business to build a healthier community. I started in Heritage Park as a Step-Up worker with the goal to be a mentor and motivate the kids to look beyond the gates of Heritage Park and North Minneapolis. Now I look at these young entrepreneurs and see that our roles have reversed and they are now teaching me to never underestimate someone based on their age and chase after your dreams as soon as you can! I’ll be helping out Green Garden Bakery at the Annex Farmer’s Markets on Saturdays all summer long so I hope you can come by and say hi!
Hello from GGB! This is Jacobi Simmons, the "new guy" or GGB's newest Youth Executive Team member and social media intern. I wanted to share a few updates on what we have all been up to at GGB this past month.
Early in March we started our garden planning (in winter coats) but we just couldn't wait any longer for spring! We also said goodbye to some fantastic volunteers from St. Kates Service Learning BSN-RN program. Two weeks ago we had a blast from the past with three past mentors visiting us from CA, MS, and WA over their spring break.
Our baking crew did a lot of experimenting this past month and came up with some great new recipes we might be adding soon - Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweet Potato East African Donuts, and we are also experimenting with hard candy and chocolate infused with garden herbs.
Last week we were invited to give out samples at the MN Cup Launch Party. We met so many amazing entrepreneurs and left with a great new network. The same night our GGB Adult Advisory Board met for the first time. We are so grateful for all our new mentors!
This past Sunday we held a pop-up sale at the Wedge Co-op and we had a great success! Our next sale will be April 8th, 11-2pm at Herbivorous Butcher at 507 1st Ave NE Minneapolis, MN. We sold there on March 4th and SOLD OUT early! Please be sure to come and pay us a visit a week from Saturday.
This weekend our Youth Executive Team will be doing a Spring Break Leadership Retreat! Wewill conduct Team-building activities, create multiple GGB commercials, test their company knowledge with a game of Jeopardy, and plan some Random Act of Kindness Events around the community.
GGB also has an Amazon Wish-List if you're feeling generous and would love to help out the link to our wishlist is linked to the button below. If you have any of the items at home we would be happy to take slightly used donations as well.
Thanks everyone for all the love support and hope to serve you in the future!
Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by our blog. There's a lot to update you on since we're currently in a very busy stretch. We just finished with our outdoor sales. A special thanks to the Annex Farmer's Market & the Veg Fest for hosting us this past Fall. We will be returning to the Annex Farmer's Market for their new indoor Holiday Market inside the Annex Warehouse http://www.farmersmarketannex.com/. Come visit us!
We will be selling at the Annex on the following dates:
11/20, 11/26, 11/27, 12/3, 12/4, 12/10, 12/11, 12/17 & 12/18 from 9am-3pm.
Another fun holiday market is the 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 10am – 5 pm at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis http://doitgreen.org/green-gifts-fair/. We will be there selling our veggie desserts in addition to our Lemon Zucchini Muffin Mix, this is a great opportunity for you to gift our most popular veggie dessert to any loved ones who might enjoy baking our sweet & delicious muffins. We will be selling these in vegan and gluten free. Click on the button below if you are interested in a free metro transit pass for the event. We hope to see you there!
5 Ways to Gift Green this Holiday Season... And Always
In honor of our "green" mission and the work that we have been doing recently crafting and finding fun ways to use recycled materials to decorate for the Holidays we are sharing with you 5 ideas for you to reuse this Holiday season!
1. Choose alternative ways to wrap your gifts. Re-use the brown paper bags from grocery stores, newspaper or even an old pringles can (great for gifting cookies)! Embellish with ribbon or a bow and it's a simple way to reuse but still wrap gifts in a decorative way.
2. Re-use your old holiday cards! One simple way is to cut them into gift tags. This is what we did with our boxes and we were happily surprised at how easy and cute they turned out to be! Another cute idea is making a wreath.
3. For those of you that don't like the idea of using a fresh Christmas tree, there's many alternatives to the traditional fake tree. Here are a few examples: one constructed of books, one from cereal boxes and the last from a ladder.
4. Upcycle by creating ornaments from materials such as a light bulbs, pop bottles, toilet paper rolls or bottle caps.
5. Create a holiday village out of recycled boxes!
We hope these ideas have inspired you to make your holiday season even greener! If you have any ideas for any green holiday projects or you've done something in the past that you'd like to share. Please comment below!
Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you during the Green Fair or at the Annex Indoor Holiday Market. If you can't make it out to any of these events don't forget that we are always happy to cater any holiday gatherings you might be hosting. Click on the "Menu+Purchase" button for more info.
Until next time,
-Green Garden Bakery Team <3
It's happening!!! This Sunday we will be having our first sale of the season! Come see us at the Minneapolis Annex Farmers Market on Sunday, September 11th anytime from 6:30am-1:30pm. Location: 200 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Our menu items include:
All desserts are $5 a piece and are made from produce grown directly from our precious garden, and baked fresh the night before. Can't wait to see you there!
I have to take a moment and give a very special shout-out to Founder and CEO, Leensa and Alfonzo. These two volunteered to go to the Whole Foods team meeting at 6am to present about Green Garden Bakery. Two teenagers waking up at 5:00am in the morning to present to a bunch of adults during summer vacation. Miracles do happen people.
Leensa & Alfonzo did such a wonderful job that we were able to advertise Green Garden Bakery and get people pumped up for our Autumn sales! Thank you to Whole Foods, who has been an unwavering supporter of the young entrepreneurs and their efforts. We are seriously so grateful.
The young entrepreneurs also presented at the Intermedia Arts Step Up Film Screening with a special video on our business.
Our CEO also presented at the MN State Fair and won a blue ribbon for her excellence. Great job, Leensa!
We had time to do ALL of this, and have an all staff retreat to celebrate and prepare for our upcoming sale-heavy season. We baked, scheduled, planned, re-planned, laughed and became excited for another great season. Thank you to Common Roots Catering for the donated delicious meals!
These last few weeks have been a whirlwind but I am so impressed by the Green Garden Bakery for their energy, drive, spirit and humor. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to be excited for! We hope to see you on Sunday at the farmers market. Wish us luck on our first sale of the season!
Until next time,
-Green Garden Bakery <3
You see that man bent over in laughter in the picture above? The one to the left of the Heritage Park Youth Garden sign? That's Kris Dunn, #5 NBA draft pick, and the newest recruit of the Minnesota Timberwolves. We had the honor of meeting and baking with him on June 25th. Only 2 days after being drafted, one of Kris' first stops in Minnesota was to meet the youth of the Green Garden Bakery, bake lemon zucchini muffins (which he said were delicious!!!) and water the garden. The kids immediately hit it off with Kris and spent their time together cracking jokes, sharing about their lives and trying to get Kris to challenge them in an impromptu game.
Check out some of the pictures below!
We wish Kris the best of luck during the new season... Oh, and if things don't work out on the court- I GUESS we'd be willing to add him to our staff as an adult mentor.
Thank you to Kris, The MN Timberwolves & The FastBreak Foundation for supporting the Green Garden Bakery!
In other news, our garden is growing faster than ever and the team has been harvesting many delicious items and preparing for our fall sales! This will be our biggest supply of harvested produce yet- and we are all so excited to utilize them for delicious veggie desserts. Check out our list of sales under the events tab. Our first sale will be at the Annex Farmer's Market on September 11th. We hope to see you there!
Lastly, we'd like to give a warm welcome to the Heritage Park Girl Scouts as they return from their service trip in New Orleans. The Girl Scouts spent many days completing various projects to benefit the New Orlean's community. The Green Garden Bakery helped support the Girl Scouts with a donation of their profits from their fall sales. Congratulations on a successful trip, Girl Scouts!
Where should the GGB donate to next time? Feel free to comment below.
Much peace, love & veggie desserts!
-The Green Garden Bakery Team <3
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