Small Batch Detroit is a social enterprise subsidiary featuring products designed and crafted by Detroit Food Academy high school students. In addition to bringing tasty healthy products into the world, Small Batch serves to:
- Offer real-world employment and career opportunities for DFA graduates. $0.30 of every dollar spent directly employs a young Detroiter at a minimum of $12.50 per hour.
- Form an essential component of a multi-pronged food-rooted pipeline for young Detroiters to actualize as healthy, connected, and powerful leaders.
- Provide a sustainable and diversified funding stream that ensures DFA’s lasting presence and impact on the lives of young Detroiters.
- Raise awareness for DFA’s work and mission, both throughout Michigan and across the country.
Mitten Bites: These student-crafted all-natural snack bars packed with nutrition and flavor. There are no additives or preservatives, just 7 carefully curated wholesome ingredients to make one perfectly satisfying snack. They come in six delicious flavors and can be found at Whole Foods Market, the Detroit Metro Airport, and a growing list local grocery stores and cafes. For information on flavors, retail locations, and other amazing Detroit products, check out our online shop!
Small Batch Demo Service: In demoing our own product, we learned that all small food businesses need thousands of people to try their product, but very few have the time, energy, and/or personnel to hand out samples in grocery stores every week. Some go as far as contracting actors’ guilds to operate their product demonstrations. To meet this growing need, the Small Batch Demo Service was born. Mitten Bites grew into a business to offer real-world experience for young Detroiters to hone their crafts and acquire higher-level, resume-building skills. This new service builds upon these goals by employing tens of youth and creating thousands of youth employment hours (starting at $12.50/hr!)–all while helping fill local grocery stores with delicious local food products that support Detroit youth.
The Detroit Pop Shop: Small Batch also houses the Detroit Pop Shop, a line of gourmet ice pops featuring unique flavors, fresh local fruit, and the highest quality ingredients. You can find us at Eastern Market Sundays as well as weddings, graduations, birthdays, mitzvahs, fundraisers, corporate events all around town. For more information on catering your next event, click here!