Midwest Pantry, a collective of local food entrepreneurs, in partnership with three Minneapolis farmers’ markets will join forces in support of Amy Glass, co-owner of Lucille’s Kitchen Garden, a St. Paul-based producer of pepper fruit jellies and jams. The Kick Cancer – Buy Jam fundraiser will be held at Northeast Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 24, Linden Hills Farmers Market on Sunday, Sept. 25, Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 22, and the Midwest Pantry Shop Small Holiday Market in St. Anthony Village on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Glass is waging an all-out fight against an aggressive Stage 4 breast cancer. After completing five rounds of chemotherapy, she is no longer able to work at the business founded with spouse Zoie in 2007, or to run operations for Midwest Pantry, which the couple founded in 2010 with fellow producer and friend Chad Gillard. To ensure that the family retains its health insurance while also maintaining its growing business, Zoie has been working to meet production and distribution deadlines with the help of local food community volunteers, in addition to juggling Amy’s treatment schedule and caring for their daughter. Proceeds from weekend sales will contribute to meeting the family’s current needs.
“The ‘Kick Cancer – Buy Jam’ events will support Amy while also celebrating local food,” said Gillard. “We want these four events to showcase Minnesota’s favorite local brands, the ones consumers find at farmers’ markets each year. Being able to make local food products readily available is why Amy got involved in food entrepreneurship in the first place. We think these events will be a great way to honor her dedication as our champion, while also providing support during her courageous battle.”
Amy, Lucille and Zoie Glass