Tricking out the dessert truck so we can roll on to your street food scene with vegan soft serve sorbet, hot drinks, and so much more! Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 16, 2013.
About this project
To join our Kickstarter, press the big green "Back This Project" button to the right or directly on any of the incentives that sound irresistible to you!
Hi - my name is Erin Lang and I founded Garden Creamery just over three years ago with a line of vegan sorbet that quickly became known for its wildly creamy texture and exotic flavor combinations. We were picked up by dozens of local stores and became a Bay Area favorite in no time.
Last year, I realized that in order to take the product to a new level, I needed a direct way to connect with my customers. So I bought a bare bones trailer and hit the street food scene to bring our product to the people.
I also introduced a new line of dairy-based frozen novelties just for the trailer - and people loved it! We were even fortunate enough to be taken on by Vehicle SF - a leading design company who also fell in love with our product while visiting the Soma Streat Food Park across the way from their headquarters. They're the ones who designed our spiffy new logo and packaging.
But after a full season of the food truck circuit, it’s become obvious that our productionless trailer is not sustainable for events. We're retiring it in February so we can roll our resources and energy into our newest adventure - a tricked out dessert truck!
Read the Risks and Challenges section to learn why the trailer just doesn't work for us and how the truck will fix it!
- Two soft serve machines (that makes 4 VEGAN SORBET SOFT SERVE flavors flowing at any given time)
- New Cream Pop and Dessert Sandwich recipes that can be dipped right there in the truck
- An espresso machine for hot coffee and tea drinks
- A commercial blender for fresh fruit smoothies
We've got some yummy, awesome and cute incentives to throw your way! Here is a sneak peak of the Organic Tote Bag designs and T-Shirt Design that we're finalizing...
What We Need:
We’ve already purchased a truck, but we need money for soft serve machines, permits, branding for the truck, and renovations.
Here's a simplified breakdown of what we'll need to trick this truck out -
Mobile Food Facility Permits
3 counties- SF, Marin, Alameda
Truck Wrap (The new branding from VehicleSF)
Retrofitting and/or bring the truck up to code
New Labels & Packaging
2 Soft Serve Machines
Prices range from $5,000- $8,000 EACH
The additional funds will be used to cover the incentives and Kickstarter fees. Any extra money we raise will go towards stream lining our store production so we can expand into Whole Foods in San Francisco and beyond.
For Those of You Who Don't Know Us
Sourced and produced in Marin County since 2010 by me (Erin Lang), Garden Creamery uses the best local ingredients and farmers market produce whenever possible. We're best known for our raw agave sweetened vegan sorbet line that can be found in grocery stores throughout the Bay Area. We also have a dairy-based frozen novelty line made from local cream that was specially created for the adoring crowds at farmers markets and street food festivals. For more information about Garden Creamery, visit www.GardenCreamery.com.
Check out our full list of flavors here.
Garden Creamery and The ALS Assocation
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has had a profound impact on my life and Garden Creamery since my mother's diagnosis two years ago. Since the diagnosis, The ALS Association - Golden West Chapter has provided an incredible amount of support to our family. To help spread awareness about this disease and to give back to the organization that has helped us so much, I'll be donating a percentage of my grocery store sales to The ALS Association - Golden West Chapter. That's also why we've included the ALS Assocation fundraiser as one of the incentives. We're really excited about it and would love to chat if you've got ideas!
Risks and challenges
The Truck Fixes Our Current Challenges!
The biggest challenge for us so far hasn't been getting into events or selling our product - it's been finding a sustainable way to produce, store and move our product!
The truck will make it cheaper for us to get to events and allow us to make our product right there, cutting down on our time in the commercial kitchen and need for extra storage.
The truck will also make events even more lucrative, as we'll be increasing our revenue through cold and hot beverages sales from our espresso and smoothie machines.
Equipment and Retrofitting
Equipment and retrofitting can be a tricky business, but we've been pricing and specing everything out all through the winter. We've got equipment and contractors lined up and are confident that we can get the truck up and running within a month of receiving the funds.
Permits, Permits and More Permits!
Permits are the other tricky business. Luckily, we've been through a full season in the food truck scene, so we know exactly what we need and where to go to get it, which is half of the battle when it comes to food trucks in the Bay Area. The time it takes to actually grant the permits is out of our hands, but we're experienced in dotting our i's and crossing our t's and don't expect any unusual delays.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
A Fiver Towards My Group Party (Any company/organization/school/group that raises $1500 or more will get a dessert party brought to them! See the $1500 pledge for party details. $5 is just the minimum, but you can increase the pledge during checkout. If your group doesn't reach their goal, then we'll send you a digital Gift Certificate in the amount you pledged. Please let us know what group you're from when pledging.)Estimated delivery:
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Garden Creamery Magnet and StickerEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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$20 Garden Creamery Digital Gift Certificate (It's greener! And will be emailed to you within a few day after the Kickstarter ends. Valid for redemption at the truck only.)Estimated delivery:
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Garden Creamery Organic Cotton Tote Bag (Organic cotton tote bag with the spiffy new Garden Creamery logo in hot pink.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
$20 Garden Creamery Printed Gift Certificate plus Magnet. (Keep it or give it as a gift!)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
2 backers All gone!
Garden Creamery T-Shirt (American Apparel grey cotton tee with our spiffy new logo in hot pink. People will want to eat YOU up!)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Garden Creamery T-Shirt (American Apparel cotton tee with our spiffy new logo. Check out the the design and colors to the left. People will want to eat YOU up! Please note - this is an update of the original design that we launched with. Ignore the old incentive please!)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
$50 Garden Creamery Digital Gift Certificate plus a GC sticker (It's greener! And will be emailed to you within a few day after the Kickstarter ends. Valid for redemption at the truck only. Pickup sticker when you redeem the gift certificate.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or more
Garden Creamery Schwag Bag (Schwag bag includes T-Shirt, Tote, Magnet and Sticker PLUS a free vegan sorbet soft serve next time you visit the truck.)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
$100 Garden Creamery Digital Gift Certificate plus a GC sticker & Magnet (It's greener! And will be emailed to you within a few day after the Kickstarter ends. Valid for redemption at the truck only. Pickup sticker and magnet when you redeem the gift certificate.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $125 or more
Ultimate Garden Creamery Kit - TRUCK PICK-UP ONLY (Get a t-shirt, tote, magnet and sticker PLUS 4 pints of sorbet and 6 pops or sandwiches. Call/plan ahead for flavor availability.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or more
Exclusive Invite for Two to The Truck Launch Party (Bring a friend to this special afternoon of frozen dessert fanaticism at its finest. Beverages (adult and family-friendly), gourmet snacks, and Garden Creamery sorbets and novelties will be flowing. All donors will get a signed t-shirt and pint of sorbet to take home. Event will be held in San Francisco on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in late April or early May, but final location, date and time are to be determined. At least three weeks notice will be given to all pledgers.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)
Name A Novelty! (Pick your favorite flavor of frozen mousse pop or dessert sandwich and call it your's - literally. We'll use the name on our website and on our menus whenever we've got it in stock at an event. We'll give you a dozen to take home along with some other goodies next time you visit the truck too.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $400 or more
3 backers All gone!
Create A Pop! (We're not the only ones with great ideas for new flavors. Work with Erin directly to create a new flavor pop to sell from the truck for 1 month. If it's popular, we'll put it on regular rotation! We'll also give you a dozen pops to bring home. Timing of retail production is subject to ingredient availability. )Estimated delivery:
Pledge $450 or more
1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)
Frozen Dessert Making Workshop (Erin will come to your home with product to show you how to make your own delicious desserts. Great for friends, offices or activity groups. Must be within 30 miles of San Francisco.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $800 or more
1 backer All gone!
Sponsor an ALS Assocation Fundraiser (We'll be donating a portion of our sales to the ALS Foundation going forward and would love to work with you to throw a spectacular dessert party benefit for them this summer. $800 will cover all product, staff and permit costs for the event. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the ALS Association.)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,500 or more
3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)
Group Dessert Party (Any company/organization/school/group that pledges $1500 or more will get a dessert party brought to them with Garden Creamery vegan soft serve, mousse pops, dessert sandwiches, smoothies, hot beverages and beautifully hot pink schwag! Get someone to sponsor the whole amount or get your group members to join with the "A Fiver Towards My Group Party" incentive and reach the goal together. Must be within 50 miles of San Francisco. Limit of 100 people for the party. Please let us know what group you're from when pledging.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Your Name on The Truck (It might not light up, but it will be shiny and pretty and will be seen ALL over the Bay Area for years to come!)Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)