Hi Everyone,

After a lot of consideration and with bittersweet feelings, I have decided to put Peapod aside for a while. Thanks for coming on this amazing journey with me. It’s been truly fun.

In case you’re wondering what’s been going on in the background, here’s a short update. 

With the start of the Covid pandemic last year, Peapod took a hard hit. It was disappointing to close down our stand at the farmers market, but it seemed like the right thing to do. I considered some different options for pivoting the business. However, the timing didn’t seem quite right for a couple of reasons. In addition to the uncertainty of the pandemic, James and I welcomed our baby daughter into the world last year. She is amazing, and I took some time to be exclusively with her. 

Professionally, when I am not running Peapod, I am a structural engineer. I have taken on a new position in structural engineering that is challenging and fun, and I am excited to devote my full energy to it.

Peapod is still very much alive in my thoughts and interests. It’s exciting to think how its spirit might show up again in the future. 

Until then, 


Grossmarkt (Wholesale Market) Stuttgart

Remember how I recently discovered that all retailers of grocery products in Stuttgart source their fruits and vegetables from the same hub? Sounds like a fascinating place, right? I took a trip over to see for myself. 

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Financial Support During Corona

Many small businesses and freelancers here in Germany are suffering through this Corona crisis. Thankfully, the government stepped in quickly with emergency financial relief. As of April 9th, small businesses and freelancers in Baden-Württemberg qualify for aid up to the following values, spread out over 3 months.

  • 9,000 Euros for for businesses with up to 5 employees
  • 15,000 Euros for businesses with up to 10 employees
  • 30,000 Euros for businesses with up to 50 employees

The application form is short and pretty straightforward, and processing time is just a few business days. I’m impressed.

Tafel Stuttgart

There’s a neat organization here in Stuttgart called Tafel (Schwäbische Tafel Stuttgart). It collects food which would otherwise be headed for the garbage can and makes it available to people in need. Its stores offer things like like day-old bread, products nearing their expiration dates, or wilted produce, all for deeply discounted prices. Whole loaves of bread which might sell for 3 Euros in the bakery are available for less than 50 cents!

Tafel helps feed those in need.
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Visit to Botnang Farmers Market

Thanks to the farmers market in Botnang for hosting me last Saturday!  It was great meeting new people and hearing their feedback. 

Farmers market in Botnang, Stuttgart

This coming Saturday I’ll be back at my regular spot in Heslach at the Bihlplatz market. 

Happy Fasching

When I visited Stuttgart almost exactly eight years ago, the gutters were overflowing with garbage and streamers. Since everything was weird and European, I just assumed this was probably normal too. 

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Vegetable Stands

During the slower times at the farmers market, I sometimes chat with the people running the neighboring stands. I like hearing about their businesses. 

This past weekend, I learned how many typical vegetable stands run their businesses. It was fascinating!

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Introducing Knacks

Our line of Knacks Green Beans is now available in our online shop. We have two flavors. Check them out!

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Green Beans are Coming

The Peapod test kitchen has been cooking up a storm. After many months of experimenting, tasting, and refining, we’re ready to share a new line with you!

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