- 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
- 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
Maker to Market is open to local and regional food producers, with preference given to the Twin Cities metro area and surrounding communities.
Produce-based product that aligns with the Minnesota growing season
Taste and appearance
Uniqueness of product and market potential
Scalability of production
Shelf life (7 days minimum)
Adheres to Lakewinds Product Standards
Commitment to sourcing from The Good Acre whenever possible
Not currently selling at retail
Applications will be accepted from January 15 to February 16, 2018.
Product samples (with packaging and a complete list of ingredients) and product pitch videos will be requested in late February.
The review committee will conduct a taste test and panel evaluation of products in mid-March.
Selected applicants will be notified on or before April 1, 2018 via phone or email.
The Maker to Market accelerator runs April – December 2018.
what to expect
Application period is January 15 through February 16, 2018
Applications and products are evaluated
Maker to Market participants are selected
Mandatory kitchen tutorial and onboarding meeting
Workshops on kitchen technical assistance and skill-building
Consults on category analysis, branding, and marketing
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