Good Question, here is the short of it:
Quality, Scale and Fair Wages.
We like to say we are the craft beer of vegetables. People pay more for a Deschutes Brewery beer, because it is better and worth more.
We believe our product is better than anything else you will find in the grocery store. Here is why:
- Last twice as long
- Are on store shelves an hour after being harvested
- Is more nutritious because it is local. Produce loses 40% of its nutrients just four days after being harvested.
- It’s not just local, but certified organic too.
- Tastes great! Even kids will eat our lettuce with no dressing!!
- We use 100% plant based compostable packaging. No more plastic guilt! When composted at the correct temperature our packaging breaks down in months and returns to earth as plant humus. Even if it is not composted it will still break down faster than traditional plastic.
We are a really small farm. Our competitors like Organic Girl and Earthbound Organics literally sell millions of units nation wide every day.
With that kind of scale comes huge savings with costs associated with packaging and harvesting.
We sell a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction (you get the point) of the units that Organic Girl and Earthbound sell.
The fact that we are within a couple dollars of what those produce giants sell for is nothing short of a miracle.
Thanks to the support of people like you, we are slowly expanding. As our operation’s capacity increases, we hope we can drive our prices down to be even more competitive.
The ugly secret about most farms is that they rely heavily on underpaid employees. Even most farms in Central Oregon can not make their farm profitable without the use of volunteers and/or unpaid interns.
The majority of small farmers do not pay themselves for their labor time. With the long hours of farming, at the end of the day, they end up paying themselves an hourly rate way below minimum wage.
We strongly believe that in order to be a sustainable business that we have to pay our workers for their efforts.
Central Oregon is an expensive place to live. Our prices reflect the realities of living in this beautiful area.
Thank You For You Support!
We had no idea what we were getting into when we started Volcano Veggies back in 2013. We would not be here with out the tremendous support of our wonderful community.
We know we are not the cheapest, and we appreciate your willingness to spend a couple extra dollars to support a company that believes in producing the best quality greens that treats their employees right.
Big news today… Volcano Veggies has been selected as a Grand Prize finalist for the Wells Fargo Works Small Business contest! This was a nationwide contest with over 4200 entries, so we feel honored and blessed to receive this award. Thank you to everyone who voted for our essay! The $26,000 prize will help us increase our growing capacity so that we aren’t always sold out at Newport Market. 🙂
More details here: Volcano Veggies Grand Finalist in Wells Fargo Small Business Contest
We are proud to announce that Volcano Veggies was selected as the winner of the Concept Stage at the 2014 Bend Venture Conference. Thank you to the EDCO, Bend Broadband and everyone who voted! A $10,000 prize from Bend Broadband, and another $1,500 award from Palo Alto LivePlan Software will help us to build a second grow system.
More details here: Volcano Veggies Bend Venture Conference 2014 Concept Stage Winners
Deliveries for Christmas week will be on Monday, December 23rd
Deliveries for New Years Eve week will be on Tuesday, December 31st
Pickups for Christmas week will be on Monday, December 23rd
Pickups for New Years Eve week will be on Monday, December 30st
Check out this article on The Sustainable Business Oregon website about the Volcano Veggies aquaponic system.
We are currently harvesting mixed salad greens, if you want some, don’t forget to sign up!
I found this site, http://www.farmandfieldtotable.org/ via a facebook post. I really like the idea. Basically if you grow food, you can post on here based on location and consumers can see what is available and purchase your produce/food. This seems like it would be very handy if you had a surplus of food you are trying to get rid of.
Check it out.
We are still getting our aquaponics system dialed, but we do have a small batch of lettuces and kales growing right now. Hopefully the lettuces will be ready in a couple weeks.
We will keep you up to date as the growing continues!
Thanks for all the support from all those who have already signed up, it really helps!