Emmy's Organics Blog

Friday, July 16, 2010

BIG DAY!

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We had a big day yesterday! It felt awesome: it was so hot in the kitchen and we were working really hard and sweating like crazy. Anyway, the biggest thing that happened is that we used the new macaroon machine. Pretty sweet. There is a short video above of what the macaroons look like once they are pressed. More videos to come! It was very strange using it for the first time. There were so many expectations to battle and new methods to use. During the first batches every other macaroon was not looking right and we had to throw it back into the "hopper." That was scary.. "did we make a mistake" "are we going to fail" "will we lose a lot of money?" All of those thoughts came up. The machine is BIG and heavy and after using it for a few hours Ian concluded that it really works to it's potential when we have A LOT of macaroon batter in there...as you can see in the video. So it looks like our production schedule will be changing. Instead of making all or most flavors a day, we will be doing only one or two and just filling all of our dehydrator space with single flavors. This is going to change things significantly, especially how much storage space we need. August cant come sooner, we are really ready for this move!!
On another note, we dropped off samples to our local Wegmans supermarket yesterday. It is such a great store and it is a dream to sell our stuff to them. At first we submitted ourselves to the corporate headquarters in Rochester and we were denied. This time someone recommended that we go through our local store's manager. So we had a few conversations with and finally met Gary yesterday and he will be communicating with the corporate buyer now. Think positive thoughts everyone! If you live in Ithaca, it would mean so much to us if you recommended our products with the manager there! The more requests there are, the more they will see a need for our stuff.
So many exciting things happening. None of which would be possible if it weren't for our amazing and supportive community. What a place to start a flourishing business! Thank YOU for your support by simply reading this blog and being in tune with us. We love YOU. What are you grateful for today? Let us know, right here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We're Moving!




It's official. Emmy's Organics is moving. Starting August 1st we will be starting work on our new location in downtown Ithaca. Right now, the space holds an office that does medical billing. But soon enough, we will be transforming it to our new, beautiful kitchen. Ian and I went over there today and took some measurements. It was the first time that I could really picture what it's going to look like and I am so excited! Although I will very much miss some of the amenities that we enjoy currently. Like being in the same space as family and being partially underground (free A/C!). But it feels like time for us to go and claim a space for ourselves and take a big step forward. As the floor plan (which Ian just designed) shows, we will have some retail space, windows, an eating/relaxing area and tons of work space. I think we need at least one purple wall. I am so so grateful for and inspired by the progress we have made in such a small amount of time.
Some other projects that we have been thinking about are hosting raw food prep classes and giving kitchen tours!! Pumped on that.
On a separate note, Ian and I went to California this past weekend for his Dad's birthday celebration. It was so fun. We were in Oakland and San Francisco. I was just amazed by all of the produce! Aside from spending time with friends and family I got to eat at Cafe Gratitude for the first time! Dream come true. All of the servers sang happy birthday to me as I was served a piece of their raw tiramisu. We also ate at their newest restaurant called Gracias Madre. All fresh, vegan mexican food which knocked my socks off. If you are not familiar with either of these restaurants please check out www.cafegratitude.com and check out all of the amazing things that these people are doing for the world. I was so inspired and happy to be eating so well. What a trip! Happy Birthday Bill!
Anyway, we missed the market last week but we will surely be there this weekend. Sorry to anyone who came to find us!
Talk to you soon! Much love from me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

More Cake!





Incase you didnt see the blog comment, I have been asked to do my first wedding cake job! It seems crazy since I just started working on all of this cake business. But I guess that's what happens when you have a clear dream. It's just perfect, the wedding is in October so I have plenty of time to plan everything out. This is going to be the most amazing cake ever. I know it.
This past weekend was my birthday weekend and what better way to celebrate than making cake. I was inspired and followed (almost entirely) the recipe for chocolate raspberry cake in the Sweet Gratitude raw dessert book. I had so much fun and it turned out beautifully. The layers were quite even and it tasted amazing!!
Aside from cake, Emmy's experienced a slowed down month. The first in quite a while. From what everyone says, this is usual in the month of June. It was weird at first. We kept thinking "are we doing something wrong?" "is this distribution thing wrong?" "shouldn't we be more busy?" At some point we chose to give up this conversation and enjoy ourselves!! Not to say that we havent drummed up some new business this month and are steadily planning our move to the bigger kitchen. AND I took a drive to go and pick up our new machine a few weekends ago. We are almost up and running! Waiting for one last part!! The last piece of news is that Ian will be traveling for over one month in September. He is fulfilling on a dream of his to ride his motorcycle across the country and back. So it looks like I will be the solo boss lady for a little while. The idea is a little intimidating. There are definitely certain jobs that Ian is much better than me at (like lifting large buckets of agave!). But what an opportunity this will be for me to grow as a business owner. I am way excited. The pics above are my birthday cake.

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