KICKSTARTER PROJECT LAUNCHED
Greetings from Snowville Creamery at the turning of the year. We have enjoyed our first Snowville Creamery Holiday Party about ten days ago, and succeeded in scheduling production so everyone had Christmas off. We are looking forward to a new and exciting year which will include Snowville bringing yogurt to market.
Just this Tuesday morning December 27 we have launched a Kickstarter Project striving to receive $50,000 in pledges to capitalize our getting into the yogurt business. This includes the cost of a used filler, its being put back into service, the carton designs and container procurement, and monies necessary for the additional receivables that this new business will require.
We encourage you to access our Kickstarter project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snowvillecreamery/snowville-creamery-yogurt-project?ref=recently_launched , and consider helping us prove the power of community and customer financing of local sustainable food production.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Warren Taylor of Snowville Creamery is announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate! on a platform of food sovereignty—including, but not limited to, individuals’ right to protect the environment within which their food is grown from degradation. The trick is, Warren needs the signatures of 1,000 registered Democrats today (WEDNESDAY) to just put his name on the ballot. If you live in the Columbus area, please viisit the North Market to sign the petition. If you are in the Athens area, visit Casa Nueva, the farm market or Fluff Bakery between now and 1:00 pm – no later. For the Athens area you can also go to Donkey Coffee, Village Bakery, and The Farmacy. Check the Athens newspaper to see a great front page story! Follow us @snowvillecream on Twitter for up-to-the-minute details!
It has become necessary to increase the wholesale price of our milk and cream products because of higher costs. The current price of our Chocolate Milk will remain unchanged. We have seen a 30% increase for raw milk, reflecting the increased production costs for our farmers. This has eroded our narrow profit margin. In the last 8 months we have gone from netting 10% to barely breaking even. We wish this were not the case, but it is.
After 3 ½ years of solid growth and your support in the marketplace, we still cannot get banks to loan us money for further capital improvements. We struggle with an old inefficient carton filler and want very much to begin yogurt production. Replacing the existing filler and beginning yogurt operations will each cost about $100,000. This price increase will help us begin saving for major capital expenditures which we need to continue serving our community better while continuing to grow our local sustainable business.
We also need to better compensate our employees and provide a fair benefit plan as well as keep our facility in good working order. Snowville is committed to advocacy in areas of environmental protection, social justice, sustainable farming, and better agricultural policy in Ohio and in Washington DC. We are spending evermore time and effort on Fracking regulation.
We truly appreciate your continued support of Snowville Creamery. We beg your understanding of our need for this latest price increase and hope that you are confident we are continuing to use and invest your food dollars responsibly and well. As always, we welcome your questions and comments.
Warren and Victoria, and the entire Snowville Team
The event will begin in the red barn across the road from the creamery and milk house. You will be welcomed by the sounds of The Rattletrap Stringband who will play throughout the event. We will have kids activities available as well as refreshments from Silverbridge Coffee, Herbal Sage Tea Co., & Fluff Bakery.
We will start with an introduction to our dairy farmers Bill Dix, Stacy Hall, and Chris Hamm. They will give an overview of their farms and methods followed by a question and answer session. We will then visit Bill & Stacy’s milking parlor. Weather permitting, we will take a walk in the pasture to explain the advantages of management intensive rotational grazing.
We will then tour the creamery where Warren Taylor will explain the process of pasteurizing and packaging the milk. He will also describe the benefits and challenges of bringing it to market.
We will have Snowville t-shirts and posters for sale.