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We are on a mission to bring naturally fermented whole grain products to the world. We need a key piece of equipment to aid production.
We are on a mission to bring naturally fermented whole grain products to the world. We need a key piece of equipment to aid production.
173 backers pledged $9,854 to help bring this project to life.

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Go with the Grain: Naturally Fermented Sourdough Crackers

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DeRego's on Main Street in Starkville, MS
DeRego's on Main Street in Starkville, MS

 

My name is Troy DeRego. I have a small artisan bakery in the college town of Starkville, MS.

I baked my first loaf of bread in the middle of the Atlantic in the galley of a sailing ship as a student during a semester with the Sea Education Association on board the S.S.V. Corwith Cramer.

I love travel, exploration, adventure, science, and simple, honest, natural food. I try to bring all of these together in the business I have created.

Starkville Community Market
Starkville Community Market

 

I started making and selling artisan bread at the local farmer's market, something missing in my town, so as word-of-mouth spread, I was able to grow the business and open a retail bakery on Main Street. Along with my assistant, TJ Kepner, we make whole grain sourdough products for our community.

A retail bakery must have a diverse selection. Everybody comes in at different times of day looking for something a little different. We have tried making just about everything you can imagine, most with a pretty good level of success, but finding a direction to grow the business has been a challenge. You see, bread and pastries have a very short shelf-life, and each day, no matter how busy we were the day before, we would find ourselves starting from scratch to fill the shelves. 

Then, inspired by my voyage at sea, the solution came to me. Sailors used to fill their ships with hardtack, or sea biscuits, simple (but tasteless!) crackers that would last for the entire voyage. What if I could make them taste great with fresh-milled whole grains and naturally fermented sourdough? We had re-discovered Sourdough Crackers: THE ORIGINAL ROAD FOOD!

Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers
Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers

 

After many experiments and test batches, we launched the new crackers at the farmer's market last summer. They were a big hit. Everyone seemed to find a favorite flavor: Starkville Sourdough, Flaxseed Rye, Sunflower Seed, Sesame Sticks.

DeRego's Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers
DeRego's Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers

 

My favorite are the Craft Beer Crackers made from spent grains from local beer brewers. The sourdough ferments the toasted grains and brings out many of the same flavors that will appear in the beer!

DeRego's Craft Beer Sourdough Crackers
DeRego's Craft Beer Sourdough Crackers

 

Finally, we have a product that we can package up and share with the world! But, in order to grow our business, we need your help.

We are a small shop, and we need to make and sell an awful lot of crackers in order to achieve our goals and remain sustainable.

We strive to be a zero-waste operation, use the best natural products we can get our hands on, and grow in a manageable and sustainable way. We want to build something that will last and make the world just a little bit better than it was before.

To do all this, we must walk before we can fly. The next small step we take involves you! We are a small shop, and we need to make and sell a whole lot of crackers in order to achieve our goals. The piece of equipment that will have the greatest impact for us is a table top dough sheeter. We will be able to increase production and buy us some more time to dream up new products.

$6,000 will get us there. We have several levels of support to choose from, and each one comes with at least one bag of our Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers.

Please consider joining us in this journey and take your crackers with you and explore the world!

Thank you for checking us out!

Risks and challenges

We are already producing and selling crackers everyday at the bakery, so we are prepared to get your rewards out as soon as the funding is completed.

We are always coming up with new products and will do our best to present these as choices when you make your selection of flavors.

For the cracker subscriptions, the service may evolve as time goes by. You are the trail-blazers, the brave explorers carving out a path for others to follow. We promise to keep you well-informed of any adjustments as we go!

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    Greetings From Starkville

    A postcard from the exotic land of Starkville, Mississippi where our bakery is located with a hand written message of gratitude.

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

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    Bag of Crackers

    Choose any flavor of our Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers shipped to your door. (You will get to choose from our latest flavors after the campaign is complete.)

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

    Includes:
    • 7 ounce bag of Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers
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    Double Shot

    Choose any two (2) flavors of our Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers shipped to your door. (You will get to choose from our latest flavors after the campaign is complete.)

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

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    Craft Beer Special

    You will receive four (4) bags of our current selection of Craft Beer Crackers. (Past flavors have included Oktoberfest, Rye Porter, Russian Imperial Stout, and Mayhew Mild.) All of our craft beer crackers are made with spent grains from local brewers.

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

    Includes:
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    Limited Edition Sourdough Starter

    Harness the power of nature with your very own Starkville Sourdough Starter. You will receive enough sourdough, along with instructions for use and maintenance, to create endless baked goods! Remember, with sourdough comes great responsibility, but I think you are up to it!

    Choose any two (2) flavors of our Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers shipped to your door. (You will get to choose from our latest flavors after the campaign is complete.)

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

    Includes:
    • DeRego's Sourdough Starter with instructions for maintaining
    • 7 ounce bag of Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers
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    Party Pack

    This one runs the gamut! You get one of each flavor, including our Craft Beer Crackers.

    Choose any seven (7) flavors of our Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers shipped to your door. (If we have more than seven flavors available you will get to choose after the campaign is complete.)

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

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    • 7 ounce bag of Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers
    • Your name on the Ship's Roster
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    Trail Blazer - 6 Month Subscription

    A four (4) pack of Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers will arrive at your door each month for 6 months.

    You will be breaking new ground and leading the way for many to follow as we launch this new subscription service. Your bravery will be rewarded with bonus items in each shipment, such as cracker recipes, serving suggestions, and samples of our latest sourdough experiments!

    Your name on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

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    • 6 Month Cracker Box Subscription
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    Ship's Captain - 1 Year Subscription

    You are charting a course for adventure, boldly exploring new territory and leading the way for fellow explorers to follow in your footsteps. We are excited to reach the new frontier of Sourdough Cracker Subscriptions and we are proud to have you with us!

    A four (4) pack of Whole Grain Sourdough Crackers will arrive at your door each month for 12 months. Each box will contain our latest and greatest cracker concoctions along with recipes, serving suggestions, and samples of our latest sourdough experiments!

    Your name will be enshrined in a place of greatness on the "Ship's Roster," a list of all our backers displayed proudly at the bakery.

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Funding period

- (27 days)