At Market District, we are eager to support vendors dedicated to humanitarian and equitable causes. This month, we bring you vendors whose mission includes a commitment to fostering the success of other-abled people in their communities.

Gosia’s Pierogies

Founded and operated by Jan and Terry Rawecki, Pittsburgh’s Gosia's Pierogies are made from a secret family recipe that was handed down from Terry’s grandmother in Poland. Since 2001, Gosia's has made its pierogies from scratch, using only the highest quality, chemical-free dairy products, such as handmade dough, real cheese, fresh chopped onions and fresh produce. Even the potatoes are peeled by hand! Both Jan and Terry are deaf and communicate via sign language and lip reading. Jan is a Polish immigrant. Their success in the artisan food industry is testament to overcoming communication barriers to succeed. We are so proud to help them share their heritage. Pittsburgh IS pierogies and we have the best!

Lopaus Point Gluten-Free Waffles

Lopaus Point, located in Columbus, OH, uses thoughtfully selected ingredients like whole, organic fruit to lightly sweeten batters; no sugar or fruit juice concentrates. Combined with organic quinoa, almond flour, organic golden flax and non-GMO brown rice flour, these waffles are far more satisfying and nutritious than your average and so simple — just toast, top and serve! Lopaus also strives to hire team members with special needs to provide training and vocation to those often overlooked. It’s a win-win. We carry their excellent banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin and wild blueberry varieties!

Homegrown Popcorn

Homegrown Popcorn is produced in Wadsworth, Ohio, close to the Akron/Cleveland area. Dedicated to Sam, founders Bob and Patty Walker’s late son, a portion of their profits go to the “Sam Walker Memorial Scholarship” to help a high school senior determined to pursue a career in Special Education. Homegrown is proud to employ from their local community, including those with special needs. Moreover, each and every product that comes Homegrown is produced in small batches using the finest ingredients. Their caramel and toffee is made from scratch using real butter. They use GMO-FREE corn and pop each kernel in coconut oil. Even the peanuts are caramelized in-house and distributed evenly with attention to detail. We are pleased to carry a number of their fine popcorn varieties. Go ahead, try to choose a favorite!