Maker to Market
 
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ACCELERATOR

  • Financially subsidized access to commercial kitchen space and food storage at The Good Acre
  • Intensive focus on key components of scaling up a food business

  • Six months of exclusive retail placement at all Lakewinds Food Co-op locations

MENTORSHIP

  • Guidance from a variety of industry professionals
  • Connections and direction for navigating large-scale food production and marketing

  • Ongoing support to bring finished products to other local co-ops and grocery stores

THE BIG PICTURE

  • High quality organic produce sourced from underserved Minnesota farmers
  • Investment in the sustainability of Minnesota's food economy

  • Cultivation of a vibrant and unique food culture

 
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Maker to Market is open to local and regional food producers, with preference given to the Twin Cities metro area and surrounding communities.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1. Produce-based product that aligns with the Minnesota growing season

  2. Taste and appearance

  3. Uniqueness of product and market potential

  4. Scalability of production

  5. Cost/SRP

  6. Shelf life (7 days minimum)

  7. Adheres to Lakewinds Product Standards

  8. Commitment to sourcing from The Good Acre whenever possible

  9. Not currently selling at retail

 

SELECTION TIMELINE

  1. Applications will be accepted from January 15 to February 16, 2018.

  2. Product samples (with packaging and a complete list of ingredients) and product pitch videos will be requested in late February.

  3. The review committee will conduct a taste test and panel evaluation of products in mid-March.

  4. Selected applicants will be notified on or before April 1, 2018 via phone or email.

  5. The Maker to Market accelerator runs April – December 2018.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 
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what to expect

JANUARY-FEBRUARY

Application period is January 15 through February 16, 2018

FEBRUARY-MARCH

Applications and products are evaluated

Maker to Market participants are selected

APRIL-JUNE

Mandatory kitchen tutorial and onboarding meeting

Workshops on kitchen technical assistance and skill-building

Consults on category analysis, branding, and marketing

JULY-DECEMBER

Subsidized production at The Good Acre

Presence at Mills City Farmers Market

Products available for purchase at all Lakewinds Food Co-op locations

In-store demos at Lakewinds Food Co-op


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