The Gleanery is a restaurant project to gather and celebrate the handmade life. It is where the sensibly splendid share art and food.
Update: We are so excited to continue soaring past our goal! This means working with more farmers, getting more freezers, and turning more otherwise lost food into tantalizing dishes. We've added Kickstarter exclusive benefits-limited edition bumper sticker for all backers from $5 to $50, and limited edition hand made T-Shirt for all backers over $50. Let's keep going-help us make tasty food, show the world how supported this kind of project is. Every dollar contributed expands our projects capacity.
We are asking for your help to create a more resilient and viable food system. The Gleanery wants to preserve the excess perishable food in our area, and provide it to the community year round. We need your help to do this!
We have the culinary skill: We aren’t just talking about freezing bruised tomatoes here, either. We’re talking peach and goat milk ice cream, tamales, and the perfectly spiced sambal, all from food that would otherwise be compost.
We have the awesome produce: We have farm partners who are offering us seconds and surplus crops every day. These vegetables are incredibly delicious, and going to waste just because the market can’t absorb their short shelf life-meanwhile we are all yearning for the taste of that farm fresh basil in the winter.
We have the passionate community: We are using a community supported restaurant model. We have raised the bulk of our start up money from widespread community investment. The town of Putney has gotten together and put their money where their mouth is to fund a restaurant that is commited to good food and good farms.
Our project uses that culinary skill to preserve that awesome food and provide it to to the community year round. We are looking to purchase a commercial dehydrator, freezer, prep tables, smoker, pressure canner, food processor, and an ice cream maker: the tools of Gleaners. After we have identified surplus goods through our open lines of communication with our farmers, with the equipment you have helped us secure, we will be in our kitchen fermenting cabbages and cucumbers, pickling almost everything, making farm fresh baby food, tasty sorbets and ice creams, dehydrating flowers, herbs and fruits, smoking and curing meats, freezing vegetables, and making fresh juices.
The benefits of our project
With our gleaning program, we will be able to annually convert over 2,000 pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste into tasty foods. These are crops that skilled farmers on excellent land are growing organically. The food is excellent, but it is perishable. A short shelf life means that if it is not sold within a week, it goes to the compost.
Creates stability for farmers:
Our gleaning program means that our partnersfarms' can rest assured that if they grow it, we will cook it. They will have to spend less time worrying about selling those perfectly ripe greens, and be able to spend more time farming. With this program, we will be a guaranteed market for three farms in our first year; we will promise that we will buy whatever seconds and surplus crops they have. This will develop significant market stability for the farmers.
Creates tasty food for consumers year round:
This project allows us to provide locally grown food to the community year round. People who come in during January will be able to get a jar of corn relish off our shelves, or a bowl of heirloom tomato soup, and know that they are still supporting their local farms. We will be able to play a key role in the local food system and the health, tastiness, economic vibrancy, and environmental benefits that consumers receive.
Gleanery is a word that we made from "glean", here's how we defined it:
To gather something slowly and in small pieces
The Gleanery gathers together, slowly and intentionally, a variety of elements. The artists. The Farmers. The Readers. The Eaters. The Chefs. They are all already in the area –the Gleanery is a place for us to gather, celebrate and support each other.
To learn and discover
Our approach is built around the process of discovery. We got on our paths through our constant curiosity about food. We believe all artisans share a drive toward discovery. We celebrate the drive to discover new skills and capacities.
To gather slowly and laboriously
It true, it is far more laborious to glean. Varied elements must be sought thoughtfully. The sweeping grab is easy-it is easy for a restaurant to call one company that has every food they could want all year round, as well as stacks of plates and cutlery. Much of our “labor” is in meeting with farmers and artists, coordinating a variety of factors in any given moment. It is, of course, a labor of love. To order from the big cheap company is so easy and common that it seems normal, with our approach being comparatively complex. Of course, that normal approach is actually quite new, and dismayingly wasteful and tasteless. We believe that our approach, though it requires our effort, is ultimately the appropriate labor for chefs.
We will operate as a café/bakery and restaurant. We work directly with not only farmers but with local crafters and artists in the area to create a vibrant local economy and an artistically vibrant dining room. We have a large kitchen designed cooking classes and community cooking events. We will also host music, classes, and an array of events in our public area.We want to be a fun, interesting hub for community and food.
You’ve achieved your goal already! I want to support your project, what happens to my contribution if I donate now?
If you pitch in now, then, together, we will prevent more food from going to waste! Seriously, our original goal allowed us to make no-waste agreements with five local farms. There are over twenty regional small farms that we could preserve food from. We have a huge amount of kitchen and food storage space. It is only funding that limits our operation, and every dollar pledged
I’ve heard food waste in restaurants is a problem. You are helping waste from a farmers end, what are you doing to prevent waste in your kitchen? What do you do with foods that aren’t salvageable?
We are using innovative menu structures to reduce food waste in our dining room, and we are poised to preserve food should we over order. Food waste that isn’t edible has three tracks in our kitchen: pig food, compost, and biodiesel. Vegetable scraps (after we have made stock with them), juice pulp, and old bread will go to Harmony Circle’s pigs. Coffee grounds, eggshells, table scraps, and bones will go to Harmony Circle’s compost pile. Our fryer oil goes to a local person who makes biodiesel.
We work closely with Harmony Circle Farm, High Meadows Farm, Old Athens Farm, Not Your Ordinary Farm, Relly Bub Farm, Lost Barn Farm, Vermont Sheppard, Green Mountain Orchard. Expect this list to grow- we are always excited to develop relationships with more farmers.
During our start up, we have worked closely with Windham Farm and Food Network, Fall River Finance, Linesync Architecture, Brewster Giddings and Co Law Firm, The Putney Co-op, and The Putney School.
Great! Write to us at thegleanery at gmail.com.
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Aug 10, 2012 - Sep 9, 2012 (30 days)
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A recipe card detailing one of our favorite dishes from this year.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A recipe card with a gorgeous high resolution food print, and our house made spice blend!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A limited edition Gleanery market bag. You will find a recipe card and pickling blend inside your tote bag.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $100 or more
You choose three of your favorite Vermont ingredients. Ismail and Alice will create a menu item featuring your ingredients and named after you. Your item will appear on our menu for one full run.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $250 or more
The Ultimate Gift Basket. For yourself or shipped as a gift. A basket filled with jam, pickles, sour dough starter (with bread recipe and feeding tips) Gleanery brand beverage and a yummy vinaigrette. Enjoy!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You will be featured on a gleaned item. Fifty jars of a tasty item will have your picture on the label and be named for you (Jeremy's Jalapeno Sauce, or Liz Burger's Relish). We will send you five of your custom jars, and the rest will be featured for sale on our jar wall.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
A farm to table day with the chefs. Join us in visiting two of our partner farms, where we will hand select food, take it back to our kitchen and prepare a five course meal. You will be served the food you helped harvest and prepare and leave with a signature "I Gleaned it up" apron.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012