The Greensgrow Community Kitchen is an ongoing part of Greensgrow’s non profit Greensgrow Philadelphia Project which brings green ideas to life and supports entrepreneurship. Located at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church the kitchen is used to hold culinary classes, make our Greensgrow Made line of prepared foods and can be rented out by food entrepreneurs at an hourly rate. As with many Greensgrow projects, it started off with us simply trying to fill a void.
For years Greensgrow Farms had been turning out our famous pesto, lemony eggplant dip, sweet and savory pies, and fresh fruit jams in the small kitchen of our Firth Street office. As the CSA and farmstand grew, so did the demand for our farm-made products. As we began hunting for a space to build a kitchen for canning and creating value-added products, we were approached by St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, located 5 blocks from the farm.
Their kitchen facility was incredibly well cared for by the congregation, but in need of some updates. We agreed to a business partnership: Greensgrow would upgrade equipment and renovate the space to code to become certified and licensed by the City. In return, we would use the kitchen for our needs and open it up to aspiring food entrepreneurs in search of a place to begin or grow their operations.
Today the Greensgrow Community Kitchen serves as a non-sectarian business incubator, as well as a demonstration kitchen for community members to learn canning, fermenting, bread baking, butchery and other culinary skills from local experts like Amanda Feifer, Bryan Mayer, and Marisa McClellan. It is a bustling culinary center and abode for some of the region’s most innovative, delicious and sustainable mobile vendors, including Local 215, Mama’s Meatballs, and Cloud Coffee. In addition to food trucks, we also rent kitchen time to small craft businesses like jam and jelly makers Fifth of Farm Creations and cheesecake artisans 2 Fourteen Cheesecakes.
We are proud to have given a leg up a talented group of clients that have gone on to success with larger facilities and kitchens of their own including Birchtree Catering, Mucho Bueno Food Truck and PiperWai. Check out PiperWai’s successful pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank.
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