Chefs and home cooks demand fresh, wholesome food. Escargot has ALWAYS come in a can from France. It STILL does! Until now...
The Back Story...
Fact: 99.9% of restaurants that have escargot on their menu, received them in a can, from France. Why? There are simply no other options available. Chances are, if you've had escargot in a restaurant, it came from a can. Don't believe us? Google search "Fresh Escargot". You'll see...
While planning a menu item destined to include escargot, it was this realization that led Taylor Knapp, chef and lover of unique foods, to begin searching for a solution. Why isn't there fresh, local, escargot available? The answer still isn't clear...
With loads of determination, and a little bit of crazy intuition, Taylor teamed up with North Fork real estate guru and entrepreneur Sean Nethercott. The two shared the same vision for the company:
A locally focused, community driven project that could change the way the world eats and experiences escargot.
Introducing: Peconic Escargot
Taylor and Sean are raising funds to build an energy efficient, sustainable greenhouse operation in beautiful Cutchogue New York, on the North Fork of Long Island. It will be, once completed, the only escargot farm of its kind. For months, they've been working with the Peconic Land Trust and the USDA to ensure that it is a viable project for both the North Fork of Long Island and the restaurant and home cooking industries.
How are other snails raised?
Most of the world's snail farms are located in France, some in Italy, a few in Asia. They all have one thing in common. They rely on a centuries old technique of raising the snails in outdoor, open air pens. This approach is outdated, unrealistic, and potentially dangerous. Being out in the open, the snails are subject to parasites and fungi that can attack and spread rapidly in a crowded pen. The same snails that are raised for food are agricultural pests that can cause considerable crop damage. In addition, the open pens allow for possible predators including mice, birds, and even other insects. Not to mention the potential for Mother Nature to wreak havoc on a completely exposed snail population.
We began to consider raising the snails indoors to provide a more safe and consistent environment. All sources suggested that the farm be built in a basement or underground enclosure with florescent lamps and water misters to mimic the outdoors. But that just doesn't sound very nice, does it?
Enter: The Greenhouse.
A perfect, contemporary melding of the two old techniques, never before applied. The greenhouse will be a completely enclosed 18 x 36 foot space with fans for fresh air, humidifiers, heaters, and air conditioners. We'll literally be able to control the environment. And don't forget the sunlight. Lots and lots of beautiful sunlight.
Because of the sealed nature of the structure, the snails won't be able to get into nasty situations with the nearby farmland - which is incredibly important given the abundance of North Fork agriculture.
On the flip side, the snails will be protected within the greenhouse from predators and the weather. Snails require an incredibly specific temperature and humidity to really thrive. We'll be able to provide them with exactly what they need.
All of these factors are essential, while still allowing the snails to live in a clean, fresh air, sun soaked little ecosystem.
Tell me about the escargot currently available.
Snail products currently on the market are really a disgrace when considering the advancements that other foods have enjoyed. Snails have been canned and frozen since at least the 70's and the products available remain unchanged to this day.
The canning process involves high amounts of heat and pressure that all but destroy the delicate nature of the snails. They become flavorless bits of chewy rubber. Anyone that's eaten escargot lately can attest to that. In addition, the snails are often canned with preservatives and excess salt. Ingredients that really don't need to be in a fresh product.
If the snails aren't canned, they're frozen. A process that sucks all the flavor right out of them. When the escargot is thawed, all the precious moisture is lost, leaving the snails dry and uninteresting. Yuck.
Today's snails are also fed quite the unhealthy diet. Often, their meals consist of table scraps and rotten vegetables. They are finished on cornmeal or other high starch grains. This finishing technique produces a larger snail, but diminishes the animal's delicious natural flavor and texture. You can liken it to beef finished on corn or grass - we all know what the better option is.
How will your product be different from others on the market?
Peconic Escargot is determined to offer a superior product from conception to the dinner plate. Our snails will be fed a healthy diet of locally foraged greens and herbs. All organic, GMO free, and natural.
Peconic, in addition to the Peconic Bay that the farm land will sit near, refers to a Native American word meaning "nut trees", which happen to be abundant in the area. We're toying around with the idea of finishing the snails on foraged nuts and acorns, much like the famed Iberico pigs of Spain. How cool is that?
After the snails live a long and sunny life, they'll be packaged into clean vacuum sealed bags. These will preserve the flavor and texture, while allowing us to ship the snails anywhere in the country - and eventually, the world. The escargot will be shipped overnight to you, or hand delivered if you live in the area. Our escargot will NEVER be canned or frozen. Ever.
With your help, Peconic Escargot will be able to provide an outstanding escargot product, unmatched in freshness and quality.
Kickstarter works on an "all or none" basis. If this project isn't fully funded by the end date, we'll ALL be stuck with gross canned snails forever. And that's just sad.
What will the money be used for?
An excellent question! The money you help us raise will be used for tons of things that we wouldn't have been able to otherwise afford. Like...
~Live Helix Aspersa snails to begin the breeding process. We're going to start with about 1,000!
~An 18'x36' Greenhouse, complete with heaters, humidifiers, and fans. This will be our largest cost by far.
~Fresh, nutrient rich soil. We'll need lots of it!
~Instruments needed to measure the greenhouse environment. Thermometers, soil water meters, and hygrometers.
~Costs of leveling the ground and laying concrete for the base of the greenhouse.
~A cryovac machine for vacuum sealing the finished escargot product.
~Land lease for the first year.
~Covering costs for all these cool rewards.
But wait! I don't know how to cook escargot!
Don't you worry your pretty little head. Cooking escargot couldn't be easier. With your snail purchase, you'll receive a free escargot recipe booklet! Besides, when you're using fresh escargot, making a great dish is a breeze!
Let's talk prizes. What do I get for my money?
- PLEDGE $5
Bumper Sticker! Eat. More. Snails.
- PLEDGE $12
Snail Shell "Fortune Cookie"!
A real Peconic Escargot snail shell with a personalized one of a kind fortune inside.
- PLEDGE $15 (LIMIT 20) - Regular Price: $30
Early Bird Snails!
A quarter pound of fresh escargot. The absolute cheapest you'll ever be able to get non-canned, local snails. Complete with a FREE escargot recipe booklet.
- PLEDGE $25
One super cool Peconic Escargot T-Shirt. American Apparel, 100% fine jersey cotton in gray, sizes S-XL. We'll contact you for your size once the project is funded. Sweatshop-free and made in the USA.
- PLEDGE $45
Sweet Apron Dude!
One very awesome screen printed Peconic Escargot apron. Navy blue. One size. The perfect apron for your next event! Great for restaurants and bars, or backyard barbecues. Two pockets on the front. Ties allow for adjustable length. I'd rather be cooking escargot!
- PLEDGE $1,000 or more
Exclusive tours, cooking lessons, and seasonal tasting menus await!
So, how can you help us?
SUPPORT our Kickstarter campaign with a pledge.
PICK a cool reward – Sponsor generously.
SHARE our Kickstarter – Tell your friends & followers on Facebook & Twitter.
LIKE the Peconic Escargot Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Pin us on Pinterest.
CONTACT us for info about interviews, articles, special features, and other publicity & promotion!
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is a challenging project. There's no doubt about that. Peconic Escargot is treading new ground and exploring uncharted territories. We've done our research (lots of it) and have no reason to believe this project will run into any terminal issues. However, if a slight glitch or bump in the road arises, we'll be sure to let you know though our project updates. We believe that honesty and transparency are the best policies.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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The early bird gets the snail! The first twenty people to donate fifteen dollars receive a quarter pound of escargot. This is the absolute cheapest that you will ever be able to get fresh, non-canned, local snails. Ever. Don't miss out. Included is a FREE escargot recipe booklet!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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THIS IS IT! Here they are!!! You missed the early snails, but we've got more! You will receive: One quarter pound of delicious, local escargot. Shipped fresh to you - never canned. Included is a FREE escargot recipe booklet!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Sweet Apron Dude! One very awesome screen printed Peconic Escargot apron. One size in navy blue. The perfect apron for your next event! Great for restaurants and bars, or backyard barbecues. Two pockets on the front. Ties allow for adjustable length. I'd rather be cooking escargot!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Par-tay Pack! -One full pound of fresh Peconic Escargot, a t-shirt, bumper sticker, and an apron. You can host your very own escargot party! Imagine that...Estimated delivery:
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A private tour of the Peconic Escargot snail farm in beautiful Cutchogue, New York! You'll also receive one full pound of fresh Peconic Escargot, and a Peconic Escargot T-Shirt. Doesn't get any better than that!Estimated delivery:
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Escargot for a year! We'll send you one pound of fresh Peconic Escargot every month for a year. Of course you'll receive the recipe booklet too. If you want a steady stream of the good stuff coming your way, this reward is for you!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Private cooking lessons for you and four others with Chef Taylor Knapp. You'll be cooking fresh local escargot and utilizing the North Fork's seasonal bounty. Each participant will receive an apron for their lesson and a quarter pound of fresh Peconic Escargot to take home!Estimated delivery:
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An exclusive tour of Peconic Escargot snail farm in beautiful Cutchogue, NY. Afterwards, sit down with three of your best friends for a 3 course sunset picnic on the property created just for you by Chef Taylor Knapp. All guests will leave with a quarter pound of fresh escargot and a T-Shirt.Estimated delivery:
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A day on the farm. This is the big mamma! The previous two rewards combined at a discounted rate! Private cooking lessons with Chef Taylor Knapp for you and five friends. Afterwards, head to the Peconic Escargot facilities for an exclusive tour of the property followed by an on-site three course picnic. Each guest will leave with a quarter pound of escargot and a T-Shirt.Estimated delivery:
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You and three of your best friends will enjoy a private tasting menu prepared by Chef Taylor Knapp four times over the course of a year. Each dinner will align with the season's bounty and ingredients. Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. You can expect local escargot, along with North Fork fish, meat, and produce. If you're a lover of good food and want more of it in your life, this reward is for you!Estimated delivery:
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