Brodsky’s first lessons came from her grandfather, “Poppy,” who owned a dress shop in Philadelphia. “He offered old-school service and attention to the customer,” she said, and was an important part of the local community.
As an adult she visited Ireland, where “I fell in love with agriculture,” she said. “I realized that food is a connector.”
She spent the next 20 years working in sustainable agriculture and farm markets, getting to knows farms and farming and building a personal network with farmers.
All of those came together in creating Poppy’s, which she and her husband named for her grandfather. In addition to a variety of fresh produce, locally sourced food and housemade sauces, hummus and dressings, the store has an all-day café where customers can get lunch to eat at the store or take home.
Chef Chadd Jenkins crafted a menu with rustic pizzas including traditional margherita, shishito with onion, and mushroom with lemon. For the summer he added corn pizzas, which Brodsky said were very popular, and for the fall is developing other seasonal choices.
“I can’t wait to see what he creates next,” she said.
Jenkins, who previously owned Little Fish in Philadelphia, also has crafted salads, including shrimp salad with potato, avocado and green goddess dressing; chopped salad with chickpeas and miso dressing; octopus salad with chimichurri; and seasonal melon salad with eggplant and capers.
A recent addition to the lineup is Jenkins’ smoked salmon on toast, while snacks include yogurt with fruit and locally made baked goods.
“Our emphasis in on local and chef-driven foods,” said Brodksy, who serves food in the café on china using cloth napkins and metal flatware.
The store is as popular as the restaurant, she said, with customers happy to be able to buy locally sourced produce in season. A new bulk foods area is just one sign of the additions being made to the store.
“We will continue to add items that make it easier to cook dinner,” said Brodsky, including prepared vegetables. While it often is difficult to find local produce during the off-season, she said they will have quality produce year-round.
The future will bring a larger all-day menu to the café, plus pop-up dinners, classes, workshops, locally made gifts and holiday events, she said.
415 York Road, Suite 2, New Hope
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Pizzas $12-$14, salads $11-$16.
A series of life experiences helped to convince Jen Brodsky and her husband, Eric Theesfeld, to open Poppy’s Greengrocer, a grocery store and café in New Hope.