Emmy's Organics Blog

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Madison!


This picture is of our biggest ice cream fan, Madison. Her and her family are loyal visitors at the Farmer's Market and Madison ALWAYS gets vanilla ice cream. Last week, Madison and the fam came to visit the kitchen for the first time and picked up a stock of ice cream to take home. I cant wait to hear how long it lasted! How wonderful to be making such great friends.
If we do choose to do a little retail store in our new space, it would be so fun to pack pints of ice cream and do some other flavors. We have been talking mint chip lately-as the mint in Ian's mother's garden is quite abundant right now.
Talk to you soon!! Happy Monday!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Thursday Update



One of the most exciting new developments over the past two weeks is our new partnership with Challenge Industries (http://aboutchallenge.org/CI-final/). This is an amazing organization based right in Ithaca that provides jobs to people with mental and physical disabilities. Challenge provides rides to work, paychecks and a wide variety of jobs for the people that work there. It was Ian's mother's idea to contact them about the possibility of labeling bags for us. This came up because Meryl (or Emmy!) has been our sole bag-labeler for almost a year. She is amazing and can label bags so fast. But in the end there is only so much that one person can do without hurting their wrists (this is a front and back label for each bag for seven flavors of macaroons and small bags of granola!). I think we can say the same about scooping macaroons! Anyway, we went up and visited Challenge and we were blown away by how many services and jobs that they offer!
Needless to say our bag labeling test was perfect. The bags looked great and they were done so fast. I am so excited to be able to contribute a job for them. Also, all of the money that we pay them goes directly to their employees. They feel so accomplished getting a paycheck! It is so beautiful! Please check out there website above to learn more about what they are doing for our community. This is amazing stuff!
I love watching our business expand in such a way that it contributes to more and more people. This is fun. Much love to you.

p.s. the picture above is our order board. whenever we get an order, big or small, we put it on a slip and tack it on the board. it always feels great at the end of the week to "clear the board!"

p.p.s. did i mention that our new space might be able to handle a small retail store??

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fair Share Fiesta!


Just want to extend the invitation to the Fair Share Fiesta on Tuesday evening. All of the proceeds are going to the Healthy Food For All program-which subsidizes CSAs for lower income families. There is going to be amazing food, latin salsa instruction and a latin dance party after!! So much fun!! Please contact me if you have any questions!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Raw Vegan Strawberry Shortcake!

Here is the back-wards process of my very first professional cake job!








The recipe was inspired from a Cafe Gratitude cookbook "Sweet Gratitude" (its amazing, I highly recommend it to anyone!!). I have been feeling so inspired by cakes and cake decorating lately. I have been reaching out to some of the connoisseurs of my community and even had my first lesson last week. So it was perfect when the request for a birthday cake for 15-20 people came along!! I got so excited to use some of my new skills and planned out the time to make it step by step. I had so much fun! It turned out beautifully! I can (of course) see where I have a lot of room for improvement. That's the most exciting thing about it: I have so much to learn and I will be able to monitor my progress in so many ways.
Thanks for reading!!