Is this thing on? Still getting use to this blog thing…
Ok guys, we’ve got some big news. We’ve been talking to a few of you about this already, but we’re making it official- we’re launching a Kickstarter for Milkman Café!!! What does this mean? It means we’ve got big plans for Milkman and we want to include you guys in it! We took the month of June to take a step back and look at what Milkman Café means to us and what it means for our community, as well as how we want to build off of what we have already established as a meal prep company. No matter how we approached it, we always ended up with the same core idea - the desire to provide local, quality product to our community and surrounding areas.
We spent a lot of time thinking about how best to execute this idea, factoring in what resources we can utilize and highlight in the area, quality of ingredients, and really wanting to bring it back to basics with face-to-face customer interaction. So here is what we want to accomplish with Milkman and it's growing business:
- Meal prep available for pick up at local gyms.
This means having fridges at gyms that can store our food for convenient grab-and-go meals/snacks. If gyms already have a fridge, great! We’ll buy a shelf or two in there to stock our food for you. If they don’t have a fridge, we want to make that happen. The more merchandisers available, the more convenient locations we can service for you!
- Working with local farmers and purveyors to provide the best quality product.
From meats to produce, we want to take advantage of living in the Midwest and highlight all the farms and gardens right here. We want to head in a more sustainable direction and steer clear of factory farming products to bring you guys only the best.
- A new corner shop and kitchen.
This is a big one. Right now Jacob is renting a kitchen in Naperville to work out of. While this is an amazing kitchen and has helped Milkman grow, it’s just not in a practical location. We live in Coal City and would love to be able to prepare and cook all the food closer to home. That being said, we will still do deliveries to all of Grundy County, as well as the Naperville, Plainfield, and Aurora areas and will continue to expand the towns we service.
Beyond a more centralized kitchen, we want to have a place that customers can stop by to pick up meals and say hi. Being a chef in the back of a kitchen is a fairly isolated position, and anyone who knows Jacob knows that he is a social bee. We want to have a spot in our town that you can come by, talk to us, and feel at home. Think of it as your corner shop to pick up delicious and healthy food, baked goods, and occasional hand crafted items (more to come on this!).
Ok, I meant for that to be more of a brief overview, but we’re just so excited and can’t wait to share all of this with you! More detailed information to come in the actual Kickstarter video that is set to launch this month.
Lastly, we'll be starting back up a la cart items for Sunday deliveries on July 30th. We'll send out reminders closer to the date! In the meantime, if you have more questions about what Kickstarter is and how it works, see below for FAQs.