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September 30, 2019
*This article was sponsored by Cascadian Farm.
Feel Good Food Doing Good in Tampa Bay: Cascadian Farm and The Hyppo collaborate to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay
1 in 4.
Let that number sink in for a minute.
1 in 4 children right here in Tampa Bay do not know where their next meal is going to come from. Every single day.
What if we told you, you can do a small part to help provide up to 20 meals for the neediest families in our community by simply buying ONE popsicle.
Now you can thanks to a feel good collaboration between organic food brand Cascadian Farm, local popsicle shop, The Hyppo, and Feeding Tampa Bay.
Cascadian Farm’s Good Vibes Here truck will be heading to The Hyppo at Hyde Park Village in Tampa for a launch celebration on October 3 from 3pm-8pm for the NEW limited edition Vanilla Crunch Popsicle.
The deliciously sweet treat features Cascadian Farm’s new organic Gluten Free Honey Vanilla Crunch cereal …which also includes hidden veggies like sweet potato!
Here’s the best part, for every popsicle purchased, Hyppo and Cascadian Farm will donate $2 to Feeding Tampa Bay which can turn that $2 into twenty meals. TWENTY!
“We’re excited for Tampans to get a real feel for our values and the spirit we’re trying to infuse into everything we do. It’s all about crafting feel good food, and there’s nothing more feel good than a food that also does good for the community,” said Licia Borges, Cascadian Farm’s brand experience manager.
You’ll definitely want to head to this celebration party, because in addition to being able to sample Cascadian Farm’s NEW organic cereals and fruit infused granola bars, you’ll also be able to try another limited edition ice pop created by Hyppo, the Berry Puff Popsicle featuring Cascadian Farm’s Very Berry Crunch organic cereal!
If you’ve been to Hyppo, you know the flavors are fresh and bold. So, when Cascadian Farm approached them to create an ice pop with its new organic cereals for the feel good mission to give back to Feeding Tampa Bay, it was special in more ways than one.
“The pop is unique since we’ve never used cereals in pops before. What we sought to do was to boost the natural flavors found in the cereal, which wasn’t difficult! I personally ate a whole box of the cereal while thinking through the pop build. It’s such a joy to partner with such a well-known company to do good,” DiMare told us.
The Flavor Profiles:
Vanilla Crunch Popsicle: a blend of vanilla cream with candied bits of the new Cascadian Farm Organic Gluten Free Honey Vanilla Crunch cereal. *gluten free
Berry Puff Popsicle: a swirl off blackberry and blueberry puree with pics of Cascadian Farm Organic Gluten Free Berry Vanilla Puff cereal. *gluten free
Because of this collaboration of good, if your family of 4 each buys the limited edition Vanilla Crunch Popsicle, Feeding Tampa Bay will be able to turn the $2 donations from each popsicle into 80 meals! It’s a win-win way to enjoy a sweet treat as a family!
It’s truly feel good food, doing good in the community.
“Cascadian Farm has always been deeply committed to creating a positive relationship between our food and community, and that commitment manifests itself in our feel-good food, grown as nature intended,” said Borges.
The popsicles will be available for purchase at The Hyppo in Hyde Park Village and Centro Ybor while supplies last.
The Cascadian Farm Good Food Vibes Here truck is continuing its nationwide tour here in Tampa Bay after a stop in Boston to allow families like yours to connect with their brand in a way that you’ve probably never done before.
The Cascadian Farm team will be handing out samples of its products at events like the Hyppo launch party and locations throughout the Tampa Bay community through November 2.
But, they didn’t want to just hand out free samples. They wanted to leave a lasting impact in our community which is why the partnership with Hyppo and Feeding Tampa Bay made sense.
“If there is one city that shares our passion for food and their community, it’s Tampa,” Borges told us. “We saw a great opportunity to have a positive impact locally through both community-driven events that are all about loving and enjoying what the city has to offer, and partnering with a like-minded organization like The Hyppo and Feeding Tampa Bay that are putting good vibes out into Tampa’s communities.”
It’s those good food vibes that Hyppo CEO Stephen DiMare tells us made the collaboration with Cascadian Farm and Feeding Tampa Bay a natural fit.
“Many of our customers are concerned with where their food comes from and how to eat cleaner without sacrificing the core yumminess of the food, so we were well-aligned on that front with Cascadian Farm from the beginning. Add in the community component and we were all-in,” he said.
The Good Food Vibes truck will be making several stops throughout Tampa Bay at locations like Sprouts, Whole Foods, community events and more! (LINK EVENTS PAGE HERE)
It’s a great way to try before you buy and we’re pretty sure if you do try…you will buy because the food truly is kid-approved and delicious!
Sample the Gluten Free Honey Vanilla Squares (which has sweet potatoes and corn hidden inside!) and Organic Fruit Infused Bars that get their color from hidden veggies like purple carrots, red beets and orange sweet potatoes.
Our favorite flavor is the Wild Blueberry Lemon!
“When we create new products at Cascadian Farm our first goal is to create food that doesn’t just taste good, but feels good,” said Borges. “Cascadian Farm Organic is a brand that for almost 50 years has always believed in the positive effect organic food on our community and society at large, when delivered in an accessible and enjoyable way. This spirit connects all the way back to the brand’s founder, Gene Kahn, who was a leader in helping establish the USDA organic label, and was a big champion in mainstreaming convenient and delicious organic food options for folks across the country.”
If you look in your pantry, it’s likely you already have a Cascadian Farm product on the shelf. The brand has more than 75 organic products on the market today from cereal to granola bars to frozen fruits and vegetables.
But, as you grab that box of cereal, you probably don’t think about the story that built the brand or the significance of the organic certification label on the box. We’ve been buying the cereals, granolas, bars and frozen fruit for years and never thought twice about it.
Here’s what’s really cool. Kahn, not only played a role in establishing that USDA organic label label we so often search for when buying food for our families, he was also a driving force in making organic food convenient and delicious.
The story takes us back to 50 years ago when Kahn decided to drop out of grad school in Chicago and moved to the foothills of the North Cascades mountains about two hours outside of Seattle, Washington.
It was here in Rockport that he established, Cascadian Farm. Long before it was trendy, he was growing organic food and farming it in away that was responsible.
To this day, the company’s responsible farming habits include working to restore and preserve native pollinator habitats (YAY, bees!) and focus on soil health. Two critical needs in crop production.
When news of bee Colony Collapse Disorder hit, Cascadian Farm stepped in and created the Bee Friendlier mission to help create pollinator habitats through flower bombing (it’s exactly as it sounds—they drop balls of native wildflower seeds on vast areas of land) and the promotion of organic farming.
Just as bees are a critical part of our food supply, so is the health of the soil. Cascadian Farm is currently growing and testing Kernza, a perennial organic grain that has really deep roots, like 10 feet deep, and has shown the ability to not only naturally nourish the soil and retain water, but absorb a lot of carbon.
You just might see an organic Kernza cereal on the market in the future featuring this superpower grain!
Hunger is something all of us can relate to. Maybe you skipped breakfast because you were in a hurry. Maybe you just didn’t have time to eat lunch due to a busy work day. That pang of hunger is a daily reality for hundreds of thousands of people in our community whose bellies need nourishing.
While a buying a popsicle during The Hyppo’s limited time sale is one small way to help, it’s a great way to open up the conversation with your kids about the importance of giving back to non-profits like Feeding Tampa Bay. That same popsicle can also help spark the conversation about the importance of protecting our environment and finding responsible ways to provide the world with organic, healthy food like Cascadian Farm does every day.
“Giving back is key,” says DiMare. ”I would want readers to be encouraged to see companies and organizations doing good, and to support the idea that good deeds are good even if they’re small, so we can all take a part in looking after each other.”