Molly Olsen and Sandi Lengthy shortly found their shared ardour for meals and cooking after assembly round eight years in the past.
Olsen mentioned she and Lengthy had mentioned goals of working a small enterprise at farmers markets for some time. Not too long ago, although, the pair developed an curiosity in what would turn out to be their major product.
“(Our households) like freeze dried fruit, and it goes actually shortly,” Olsen mentioned. “So, I bought a freeze dryer for Christmas, and we simply form of determined, ‘Alright, let’s begin a enterprise.’”
Lengthy and Olsen launched Little Fowl Nest, LLC this 12 months — with plans to promote freeze dried meals and different do-it-yourself merchandise at farmers markets and vendor occasions all through the summer season.
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What’s freeze dried meals? Freeze drying is a technique of preserving meals. Whereas the method removes water like dehydrating, Olsen mentioned freeze dried vegatables and fruits are a bit totally different.
“The way in which I clarify it is sort of a dehydrated grape is a raisin, however a freeze-dried grape can be crunchy and would not have misplaced any of its form,” Olsen mentioned.
Freeze dried merchandise: Prospects can discover freeze dried vegatables and fruits at Little Fowl Nest, however Olsen mentioned freeze dried sweet is without doubt one of the enterprise’s major gadgets.
A few of Little Fowl Nest’s candies embrace:
- Saltwater taffy: Olsen enjoys the freeze-dried taffy, which she mentioned expands in measurement, loses the sticky texture and “melts in your mouth.”
- “Style the rainbow”: Olsen mentioned the fruity sweet’s inside expands and bursts open previous the coloured shell throughout freeze drying.
- Charlies: Lengthy described the freeze-dried chocolate-covered marshmallow as tasting “such as you’re consuming sizzling chocolate.”
- Caramels and Gummies: The candies broaden and tackle a crunchy texture.
The method of freeze-drying sweet takes much less time than fruits or greens — although Olsen mentioned it could nonetheless take as much as 12 hours — and gives a singular merchandise for the group to attempt.
“The method has been round for a very long time, however the entire freeze drying of sweet is form of a brand new factor,” she mentioned.
Shifting into the longer term, Olsen mentioned she and Lengthy want to develop their very own merchandise and recipes to place within the freeze drier, as properly. She mentioned the following step can be to get right into a industrial kitchen.
Different merchandise: Olsen and Lengthy additionally promote jams, canned items and do-it-yourself honey and syrups.
“We faucet the timber and we elevate the bees,” she mentioned.
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Vendor occasions and pop-ups: The enterprise has attended occasions just like the Makers Market, and Olsen and Lengthy mentioned they are going to proceed going to craft festivals, occasions and pop-ups.
“We’re simply making an attempt to get on the market wherever,” Olsen mentioned. “We simply suppose it is actually enjoyable. We each love speaking to individuals and seeing their response like Sandi mentioned, and it is simply a whole lot of enjoyable for us.”
Farmers markets: Little Fowl Nest will promote on the Peoria Heights Farmers Market, which begins on Might 24. The market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Lengthy and Olsen additionally hope to promote on the Peoria RiverFront Market however mentioned they’re ready to listen to about their software.
On-line orders: Olsen mentioned individuals attain out about preorders for markets or deliveries through electronic mail or by Fb.
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