A selection of Pop Nation popsicles. [Photo: Pop Nation/Kickstarter]
Pop Nation, the artisanal popsicle business with roots in the Mission, launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning to raise money for a new commercial kitchen. Founders Sarah and Tim Stewart and Anne and Mark McGinty started the company in 2011, and their vegan, gluten-free popsicles in flavors like sea salted dark chocolate and strawberry lemonade are now a fixture at farmer's markets, the Alemany flea market, and on the streets of the Mission. Many of the pops are made with fruit from local farmers.
Though they currently share a commercial kitchen space (as seen in this Mission Local video of how their popsicles are made), Pop Nation has seen enormous growth and wants to expand its market even further, which is where their $50K Kickstarter comes in. The funds raised will be used on rent and supplies to expand the company's reach, with the eventual goal of a brick-and-mortar storefront. A contribution of $25 or more will net donors four Pop Nation pops; anyone willing to drop $5K can score a pop party of their very own and have a flavor named after them. The Kickstarter runs through March 13.