We are humbled by the great response from all our backers and are very excited to pick up the trailer and get started on this next adventure! Any funds pledged after our initial goal of $8000 will be put towards the purchase of a small Honda generator (approx $1149.95) and a Commercial vacuum sealer (approx $1350.00). The generator will be used for events were there is no electric hook ups. The vacuum sealer will allow us to transport food safely, with a minim of packaging.
Our business takes us to many farmers markets, breweries, wineries, farms, and festivals all over the Fraser Valley. With any trip, we always appreciate having quality food options to compliment the products offered. Over the years, we have felt a need for a food trailer that not only produces quality food, but works with that days location to create a menu with a sense of time and place. Imagine going to a farmers market and enjoying a lunch from the canteen, using products available from the market. Talk about inspiring and supporting local! This is where the Canned Ham canteen comes in.
After one of our recent trips to a local market, we decided it was time to look at options for a farm focused food trailer were we could pursue this dream. After searching on line for options we saw it, the trailer that could make this happen. After a trip to Hope to take a look, Shannon new this was it. Knowing you have to sometimes take the risk and grab a hold of your dream, we put a deposit down on the Canned Ham Coffee and Canteen trailer.
This isn't a blind leap of faith. We owned a farm to fork restaurant for 12 years, and have been running "The Chef's Shack" at The Fraser Valley Cider Company this past summer. Over this time our conversations with farmers, producers, breweries, distillers, and wine makers has shown us that this is a need that someone needs to fill.
This is were you come in. We are looking for funds to help complete the purchase of the trailer. The trailer is currently in service and was refurbished only a few months ago, so no upgrades needed. Once it has been paid for, we can be up and running in no time! With the purchase price, taxes, and fees we are looking at $13,000. We have put down a deposit of $5000 and are trying to raise the additional $8000. We have created many pledge levels with lots of great rewards for you to enjoy. The rewards are also transferable, making them a great gift!
Beside contributing and spreading the word, you can help make this campaign a success by commenting. The more comments we get, the higher the visibility we get on kick-starter. To make a comment, you'll only have to contribute a min mum of $1.
Risks and challenges
As with any food business, there are risks. Food costs can get out of hand, staffing is always difficult, and with the trailer, weather can be an issue.
Buying direct from farmers and producers allows me to keep out the costs of the middle man. Our menus will constantly be changing with the location and season. If a price goes up on a product, we just use something else! I also do my own butchery, curing etc. This allow me to use ethically raised animals, use some of the lesser knowen cuts, and get more bang for my dollar.
Staffing was a huge issue at the restaurant. Since moving on from there we have made sure we manage our events and booking so that we only need 1 seasonal part time staff person.
Weather, there's not much we can do about that! We have, however, made sure that we have a diversified business model and not totally relying on trailer income. We have the Chef's Shack and do in home parties, prepared foods, cooking classes and work shops as well.
In 30 plus years of working in the food business I've seen enough to know that there are huge highs and low lows! Planning, hard work, and great support group of local producers have
helped us get this far, and will help keep us moving forward.
- (21 days)