About this project
Long before the days of tasteless, industrial wheat, family farmers grew small plots of grain as part of seasonal crop rotations. Western Washington has lately been enjoying a renaissance of small-scale grain farming, and here at Patty Pan Cooperative we’re laying plans to transform some of this tasty, local wheat into fresh, hand-pressed tortillas.
Patty Pan is Seattle’s oldest farmers’ market concession, vending at outdoor venues throughout the city. We’re famous for quesadillas bursting with seasonal vegetables sourced directly from our farmer friends. We’re ready to bring our concept full circle by wrapping those vegetables in our very own tortillas made with wheat raised by some of these same farmers.
It’s an open secret in the sustainable food industry that few businesses use 100% wholesome ingredients, just as few home cooks work entirely with local, organic food. Absolute purity is just too time consuming and expensive. Patty Pan currently sources about 80 percent of our ingredients from producers who share our values about clean ingredients and local food networks, and this tortilla project will give us the resources to stretch that number to 95 percent.
Stand mixer - $1000
Dough divider - $2500
Tortilla press - $1000
Tortilla grill - $1200
Electrical upgrades - $1500
Kickstarter fees and rewards - $1300
Original Goal - $8500
Additional Funds, and a Stretch Goal
We've reached our original goal! We're so grateful and excited, and we'd also like to make the most of this fundraiser because we have a big dream. We're setting a stretch goal of an additional $4000 to cover a milling machine and a reach-in cooler, so we can grind our own flour from whole wheat berries and keep our tortillas cold.
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Risks and challenges
Patty Pan Cooperative is an established, stable business. While the prospect of making our own tortillas is exciting and opens up a world of possibilities, we’ll have to tinker with a proven business model. Production will be labor intensive, especially at first. These fresh, whole grain tortillas will be more perishable than the ones we currently use, so we’ll have to carefully work out the logistics of stock rotation and refrigerated storage space. We don’t expect this transition to be completely smooth. We do expect it to be challenging and interesting.
We’ve been in business since 1997, and we’ve tested and launched quite a few products and projects, some more successfully than others. The main difference we’ve found between the endeavors that have succeeded and those we’ve abandoned midstream has been our passion and our willingness to persevere until we’ve hit our stride and worked out the kinks. We’re ready to give this tortilla project our full energy and enthusiasm. We’ll have to. You’ll be counting on us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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