First, we are spotlighting Prairie Pop owned by Marissa Hughes. Marissa is just 16 years young, but boy is she busy, busy, busy! She is involved in 4-H, FRC #4213 robotics team, precision shooting, teen teachers, dog agility, sewing, numerous visuals arts projects, and selling Fresh Prairie sweet corn with her brother for the last 10 years. Did we mention she also runs her own popcorn business?!
Marissa was a young, curious girl who wanted to find out just how popcorn becomes popcorn. To answer that question, she and her dad specifically picked a variety of popcorn called Japanese Hulless, which has fewer hulls that get stuck in your teeth and few unpopped kernels! They planted a small plot and tried it out on their friends and family… and they loved it! So, what once was a 4-H crops project became a small business that teaches Marissa about budgets, costs, and marketing. She is now on her fifth crop of Japanese Hulless! Prairie Pop was named after a combination of Prairie Creek which runs through Marissa’s Family Farm in Funks Grove, IL and popcorn itself! Marissa sells her popcorn in 2lb and 8lb packages in boutiques, pop-up markets, and by word of mouth. She also offers bulk packaging, which is great for fundraising and businesses! When asked about Prairie Pop Marissa said, “This business is time consuming yet provides a sense of accomplishment. It's fun to meet people and share my farm experiences. Feeding people is very satisfying and I hope you enjoy this popcorn as much as our family!”
We feel overwhelmingly lucky to have Marissa and Prairie Pop in The Perfect Pair family. You can find Prairie Pop and recipes to make Kettle Corn or Chocolate Covered Popcorn with it on our Show Room floor! Come in and get some popcorn to bring as a tasty treat to an upcoming party, or keep it for yourself and enjoy it on a cozy night in with the family! Stay tuned for next month’s Vendor Spotlight, showing off one of our other vendors you can find #OnlyAtThePair. If you have a vendor you would love to nominate, feel free to send us a DM or Email. We know our customers love our vendors just as much as we do!