Civil Pops Branch Out to Market Hall Foods

Civil Pops team members enjoy the sweet fruits of their labor. Photo courtesy of Civil Pops.

The Blueberry Lemon pops are wonderfully sweet and tart. Photo by Ching-Wei Jiang.

After a summer launch at the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market, Civil Pops recently arrived at Market Hall Foods in Rockridge and Berkeley. The young ice pop business was started by Civil Labs, an Oakland-based group that creates access to jobs, education, and asset ownership for underserved communities of color. Made with organic fruit, the pops were developed in July 2016 with the help of three East Oakland teens. The business offers summer internships where local youths help make and sell the pops and take part in branding and marketing decisions. The young workers also staff fall sales events, and their booth will be back at the farmers’ market in the spring. Delicious in any season, the pops are available at Market Hall in three flavors: Cherry-Lime, Strawberry, and Blueberry Lemon. Info: here

Read our Fall 2016 story about UC Berkeley students co-creating a pop-up taco business with young teens from Civil Labs.