About this project
Who are we?
Cauldron Fermented Foods is Boston's first fermented foods producer! We make traditionally fermented, artisanal pickles. Cauldron Fermented Foods is owned and founded by Brian Lyman, Kelly Scott, and Bethany Walker. Check out our video to learn more about us! Our pickles have received rave reviews from Sarah Miller at Killer Pickles and Jane from Fermenter's Kitchen. Amanda of Phickle is doing a giveaway of our products too, check it out!
Want to get to know us a little better? Check out our blooper reel from filming our campaign video! We're probably not cut out for Hollywood.
Why eat fermented foods?
Fermented foods are a natural source of healthful probiotic bacteria, and they are packed with bioavailable nutrients. Just as importantly, they have wonderful tangy flavors! When foods are anaerobically fermented, the bacteria make nutrients more accessible in the food, and the flavor, texture, and probiotic content are drastically changed. Fermented vegetables specifically are loaded with healthful probiotic bacteria, which contribute to the gut flora and human microbiome.
Our three launch products are Dilly Beans (pickled green beans), Firecracker Carrots (spicy pickled carrots), and Black and White Kraut (black pepper sauerkraut). We have many more products planned, but will get ourselves established with these three favorites.
Why start a fermented foods business?
Cauldron Fermented Foods will fill a niche market in Boston; one with high demand and low supply. The people of this city love great food, and have a growing enthusiasm for fermented artisanal products. As the awareness of the health benefits of consuming traditionally fermented foods grows and merges with foodie culture, this market can only grow larger and larger. Cauldron Fermented Foods plans to sell our products in farmers markets in the Greater Boston area, as well as in local natural foods stores, likely beginning this fall.
Cauldron Fermented Foods is also committed to promoting knowledge surrounding the benefits of fermented foods, and educating others on home fermenting. Check out our article on About.com on making crispy cucumber dill pickles!
Where does the money go?
We need your help in getting this business off of the ground! We've already invested in some of our fermenting equipment, the inventory needed for our prototype batches, laboratory analysis, and all of the expenses that simply couldn't wait. Here's what we still need:
First month's rent and security deposit at CropCircle Kitchen: $1050
Licenses and vending permits: $1500
Equipment, packaging, storage, and inventory: $4000
Miscellaneous [including office supplies, taxes, insurance, product testing, cost of rewards, etc.]: $8900
Kickstarter and processing fees: $1700
What do I get in return for my pledge?
We're excited to offer some great rewards in exchange for your support! Of course, if you just want to help us out and don't want anything in return, we're totally happy with that, too! The Philanthropic Fermenter tier is just for you kindhearted folks!
For those of you who want to learn to ferment at home, check out our Fermentation Novice tier. At this level, you'll receive our ebook guide to fermentation, which teaches you the basics of vegetable fermentation and kombucha brewing. Plus, it includes more than ten recipes to get you started, including some guest recipes from Sandor Ellix Katz, Alex Lewin, Amanda Feifer, and more!
For those of you who can't wait to try our delicious pickles, check out The Kimchi-maker or The Jet-setting Fermenter tiers to receive one jar of our ferments, either with a voucher to get your jar in person (we will notify you of our farmers market schedule once it is available) or shipped right to your door if you're outside the Boston area. We're sorry that due to the difficulty of shipping these products, we are only able to ship one jar per package. You'll also receive the ebook!
If you want to show off your fermentation obsession, The Experienced Fermenter tier is for you! Rock our Cauldron Fermented Foods "Add some culture to your life" t-shirt at the farmers market and be the envy of the town. Plus, you'll receive our ebook guide to fermentation!
Need more pickles?! For a voucher good for two jars of our tasty ferments, The Kombucha-brewer tier will hook you up with double the deliciousness. And to really get your fix, try The Kraut MASTER tier for a voucher good for THREE jars of our amazing ferments! You'll also receive the ebook!
Want it all? Just can't decide?! You sound like The Kombucha MASTER! At this level, you'll receive a voucher food for three jars of our awesome pickles, access to the ebook guide to fermentation, AND the t-shirt! Eat fermented foods while wearing your fermented foods t-shirt and be the talk of the town (in a good way, of course).
If you're really ready to dive into fermentation at home, The Kimchi MASTER tier will really get you going! Kelly, Brian, and Beth will give you a two hour lesson in fermenting in your own kitchen (Greater Boston area only!), or remotely via Skype! You'll also receive our ebook!
Looking to host an unforgettable dinner? Pledge your support at The Culturing MASTER tier, and we will cater an event for up to ten guests including drinks, appetizers, dinner, and dessert (must be within 50 miles of Boston)! Want something even MORE amazing?! You must be The Cultured Connoisseur! At this tier, The Cauldron Fermented Foods crew and Boston Chef Geoff Lukas will team up to cater your dinner for ten people, and it is sure to be fantastic!
Risks and challenges
There are risks involved in every start-up. Fortunately, there's an amazing fermentation community here in Boston, and since we don't have much in the way of expenses, we don't need to pull off staggeringly high sales in order to be successful. Kelly comes into this project with some entrepreneurial training, and we all know when to defer to the experts for help. In our case, we'll be based out of the amazing CropCircle Kitchen, whose fantastic staff can help us with questions and advice along the way. We feel confident that we can address any issue that arises, be that legal, accounting, or explosion-related (ask Brian about the chocolate kombucha experiment!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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