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Service Spotlight: Hot Poppy


Why should you download the Hot Poppy app and start using it today? 

When the pandemic started, home delivery for everything from take-out to groceries became the new normal.  Instacart and Amazon dominated the space, delivering items from big box grocers like Whole Foods and Kroger to your door.  However, one group of businesses was left out of the online ordering boom, small family farms.  Many local farms sell their products exclusively at farmers’ markets, through CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs, and at farm stands.  Without the infrastructure to transport farm-fresh food to the doors of their customers, small farmers lost out in the covid grocery phenomenon.

Taking notice, three friends passionate about all things local decided to create a business that bridges the gap between local farms and customers.  Hot Poppy co-founders Vinny Maniscalco, Stuart Landis, and Storm Sheler make locally grown food more accessible by delivering it right to your door.  They’ve partnered with area farms and small businesses to offer high-quality goods to Nashvillians.  

Here’s how it works.  Download the Hot Poppy app onto your phone.  Next, create a login and start browsing products from 65+ Nashville-based vendors.  Hot Poppy delivers up to 50 miles outside of town; check the website for your zip code and delivery days.  Orders can also be placed through their website if you prefer.  

With a hyper-focus on local producers, Hot Poppy allows us to shop small and support local businesses by delivering Nashville-made products to Nashvillians.  All the items Hot Poppy offers are made or grown within 15 miles of Nashville.  Compared to the thousands of miles that most food travels to get to grocery store shelves, this is an easy way to lessen your carbon footprint.  Hot Poppy’s business model is simple: locals supporting locals, which is something we can all get behind.

Author Details

Jen Culler Liepis

Jen is the founder of Love Local.