Small Independent Farms See Growth by Selling Packaged Foods
Small, independent farms have been a way for many families to make a living on their own land for generations. While seasoned farmers are working towards developing new revenue sources from their core products, the allure of the autonomy and freedom of owning and working a farm is drawing new entrepreneurs into the business.
These small farms provide locally grown produce to their communities and are often the anchor of farmers markets across the country. Considering that food loses nutrient value the farther it has to travel and that vegetables and fruit can take months to reach a grocery store shelf, getting food direct from local farms offers the richest source of truly farm fresh food options. More people are being drawn to what small producers have to offer.
At the same time, awareness of the problems within the food system is increasing. More people feel they can contribute in a positive way to a new food movement. Startups like Farm From A Box for instance, have even emerged to cater to the rising interest from entrepreneurs to grow food.
The challenges of running a small farm profitably are huge, however, making it hard to maintain a consistent standard of living. Most consumers are unaware of the costs that go into managing a small farm. Even for new millennial farmers, who represent a growing segment within the farming community, the costs pose a constant uphill battle.
To supplement income, many farmers have stepped into creating packaged foods for sale in addition to fresh produce they regularly sell. This may include flavored nuts and nut butters, sauces and marinades, salsas, jams, fresh herb seasonings, krauts, honey, kale chips, and even vegan cheeses. The demand for healthy and clean, small batch packaged foods that are not readily available on supermarket shelves and are farm direct is increasing and small producers are finding national audiences for their products.
A growing number of small farms have turned to Treatmo to sell their products from a mobile store and are seeing growth. Treatmo is an iOS app that makes opening a fully branded store and checkout and reaching customers fast easy. Small businesses are able to quickly load their produce and packaged goods, keep costs to do so low and receive the benefit of the latest technology to reach customers where they are most often, on their phones. Further, many farm businesses are leaving their website stores, which require extensive maintenance, behind and relying on Treatmo for ordering because of the simplicity and convenience.
The on-demand economy and mobile commerce mixed with the food movement and interest in farm direct have produced an ideal selling channel through Treamto for farms to reach into the large urban areas as well as into the small towns across the U.S to sell their product, reaching customers who'd might never have discovered them.
Three small farms utilizing Treatmo to sell their packaged foods are finding success and becoming more known nationally.
Fat Uncle Farms
Fat Uncle Farms grows almonds in the south San Joaquin or Central Valley in California using regenerative farming. They have are been independent farmers since 1963 and produce a variety of flavored almonds and almond butters in addition to raw almonds for sale. They use dry farming methods and make a flavorful almond that has a high nutrient density. Their items are for sale on Treatmo for shipment and for pick-up at local farmers markets in the Los Angeles area.
Lesedi Farm is located in Washington State on an island in the Puget Sound. It is a very small local farm which grows a variety of organic vegetables including kales, chard, cucumbers, tomatoes, and string beans. Because of the African heritage of one of the owners, they make bottled sauces from southern African recipes such as peri peri sauce, which is spicy and sweet, and roasted pumpkin seed sauce which is savory. Their products are for sale on Treatmo and ship upon order across the country.
Daddy’s Gourmet Herbs and Spices has a small herb farm east of the Phoenix metro area, which historically has been a fertile agricultural area due to silt run off into the soil from surrounding desert mountains. Their herb farm is organic and they grow eight different types of basil, including Thai, lemon, lime, red ruben and Christmas. They also grow chili peppers and Mexican midget tomatoes and a variety of other herbs which they dry and mix with Hawaiian sea salts to produce seasoning blends. The herbs are so carefully grown that they are extremely potent with nutrients and flavor that accentuate food but also let the herb flavors stand out brilliantly.
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