On the Farm - Country Market

We are looking to expand our existing shop to offer a full line of locally grown and produced grocery items plus weekly home delivery.
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Matt Fraser
Small Business
Squamish, British Columbia
Canada
5 Team Members

Be the change in your world, in your town. 

Invest in local farmers & food producers. Investing in the Farm gets their products to market. We represent local & bc farmers & small producers.

Our Vision - Slow down. Go back a generation to a simpler time. When you knew your  milkman, your butcher, your baker & your farmer. They were your neighbours. Welcome to On the Farm- bringing back the relationship between you & your food producers. 

My name is Natalie Pereman. I am the owner of On the Farm Country Market in Squamish BC Canada. I am born and raised here is town. On the Farm Country Market opened in 2012. We offer a full service garden centre, fresh cut flowers, locally produced organic fruit and veg as well as dairy, bread & pantry items. We also carry farm feed and supplements 

Squamish is a town of 16,000 people, of which 60% of population is under 40 years old. It is a seaside community nestled half way in between the city of Vancouver and the world renowned Whistler Ski Resort. Squamish is the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, home to young families and outdoor enthusiasts.

I am looking for $50,000 to expand my existing shop to offer a full line of locally grown and produced grocery items plus weekly home delivery.

Money raised will be used to do minor upgrades to the building, purchase and install display coolers and invest in inventory.

History- first started negotiating to purchase property in late 2010, started rezoning the property in 2011, rezoned in early 2012.

Has been a garden shop for over 35 yrs, we re-opened the garden shop in April 2012. We re-zoned the property to be able to have a country market & garden centre but also 11 Boutique retail shops, 4 food trucks, playground, gazebo, picnic tables and green space & mountain bike wash station. Construction for these buildings was in 2012 and in spring of 2013 all of the above opened.

We have created a community gathering place, of which Squamish was in need of, new shops include: Cloudburst Café, Woop Woop Accessories, Stock Home home décor, Devlin Salon & Barber, Black Tusk Beef Jerky, Toy Corral, Royal LePage Black Tusk Realty, the Little Sweet Shop, Angelware Designs Bead Store, One Small Room Childrens Clothes and food trucks- Locavore & Picante.

At my shop On the Farm Country Market we are fostering and nurturing local famers and food producers. We sell their products 7 days a week all year long, not just once a week at the farmers market. Many more people want to start small farms but have not seen a way to get their product out to market until now. We can facilitate this.

We noticed in the summer with our locally sourced fruit & veg that there is a huge demand for locally produced food. People want to know and learn where their food comes from. People want real food and we are bringing it to them. They want it all and that is why I need you!

I am just a regular person like you, working hard & raising a family. I am running a small business of 10 staff, that has seen success despite being a new business. I need to expand to truly flourish but do not have the capital to do it like so many small businesses.

I have done this project with no partners or investors, I am the sole owner of the property and my shop On the Farm Country Market. Having said that this property is a testament to small town passion and commitment. The support from my community has been overwhelming, from words of encouragement, donation of time, ideas and historical pieces to supporting all of the shops in our development. It is heartwarming to know that people bring friends and family to On the Farm when they are visiting from out of town. We are the place people come for a coffee or lunch and hang out and visit. This is where I came to get my pumpkins and Christmas trees as a child and we have created that again but with even more to remember. We host community events here, fundraisers and group excursions come here as a meeting or rest stop.

My vision is almost complete. After more than 3 years of dreaming and 2 years of building we have come to the final stage- getting my shop fully expanded and open.

Our community is full of health conscious folks who are looking for local, responsibly grown food. Before we launched our fruit and veg shop this summer the only way to get local was at our amazing weekly farmers market. We do not have Whole Foods, Kin’s Market or local butcher. By completing the final phase of my shop, On the Farm Country Market, we will be making available local fruit & veg, locally raised meats, local dairy & eggs, locally created baked goods and a full line of organic pantry items. We are also launching our weekly grocery delivery service. The community has been waiting almost 2 years for this store to open. Not a day goes by that we don’t have at least 3 different people walk in the shop asking for meat or dairy!

As one can imagine it is not easy to finance any business today with the state of global finances. For me a 35 year old widow with 2 small children it is very challenging. I have had to be very creative with funding to get this far and I am on the last leg to get complete. The money raised by this campaign will help complete the project, it will enable us to get the finish line. With your help we will be selling free range organic turkeys for Christmas! 

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$7,666CAD
raised by 53 people in 1 month
15% funded
0 time left
$50,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on November 17, 2013
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  • $15CAD
    Bumper stickers

    I "heart" the Farm Bumper stickers..... Show everyone how much you love great local food.

    9 out of 200 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50CAD
    Amazing t-shirt

    Keep Calm and Garden On The highly coveted staff uniform, so join the team! These are not for sale so the only way to get one is here :).

    16 out of 200 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100CAD
    Fresh Cut Flower Bouquet

    Don't you just love the look and smell of fresh flowers in your house :)?

    6 out of 150 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $150CAD
    Farm Stand Local Food Box

    Farm stand box delivered to your door. From Lion's Bay to Pemberton.

    1 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $195CAD
    Farm Founder Card 1yr

    Receive 15% off all purchases for 1 year! Includes every department: garden, fresh flowers, farm feed and of course food!!! If you spend $200/mth on food alone that's $360 of savings over the year with the discount. Who doesnt love a deal like that?!

    4 out of 250 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500CAD
    Planter

    Beautiful fall planter for your front door or business.

    2 out of 50 claimed

  • $500CAD
    Gobble Gobble Turkey turkey

    Your locally raised hormone free turkey for this year's Christmas dinner.

    1 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500CAD
    Entry to Campfire Showdown

    Lifetime entry to our annual Campfire Shown Kettle Boil Competition! This event takes place during Squamish Days Loggers Sports and is extremely popular! Guaranteed to sell out for competitors. This is the only way to secure a spot for your team each & every year!

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $750CAD
    Parent of the Year Xmas Tree

    Make your kids eyes light up when you have the pick of the lot this Christmas.

    0 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $995CAD
    Farm Founder Card 5yrs

    Receive 15% off all purchases for 5 years! Includes every department: garden, fresh flowers, farm feed and of course food!!! If you spend $200/mth on food alone that's $360 of savings over the year with the discount. Who doesnt love a deal like that?!

    0 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Okanagan Farm Tour with Nat

    Did you enjoy reading about Nat's weekly trips to the Okanagan getting fruit & vegetables for the shop this summer? Did you think it would be fun to go along? Well, if so here is your opportunity!

    0 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Florist for a Day

    Have you ever dreamed of being a florist, even just for a day? Spend the day at the store learning & creating along side one of our talented florists. No experience necessary.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Say it in Lights!

    This is your opportunity to say what you want on our lit up sign outside the shop facing the street. You know the one. Do you have something to say that the town needs to read? Well here's your chance... Within reason of course. Wording is subject to Nat's approval.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $2,000CAD
    5 yrs of Valentine's Bouquets

    Want a get out of jail card for the next 5 years? No mistakes just beautiful bouquets and smiles.

    1 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $2,500CAD
    Host a Summer Party

    Exclusive Party Location! We have been asked numerous times but to date have never opened the space up to a private function. Will you be the host of this memorable bash? A milestone birthday party? Wedding? Anniversary? Just for the heck of it party?

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $4,995CAD
    Farm Founder Card Lifetime

    Receive 15% off all purchases for life! How crazy is that?! Includes every department: garden, fresh flowers, farm feed and of course food!!! If you spend $200/mth on food alone that's $360 of savings over the year with the discount. Who doesnt love a deal like that?!

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $5,000CAD
    Meat Named After you

    To acknowledge you for your contribution to our campaign we will name your favourite meat in your honour. Do you love a peppercorn ribeye steak? You can be immortalized for all time with (insert your name here) Peppercorn Ribeye Steak for example. Available exclusively at On the Farm's meat shop. It will say your name on the label. Now you don't see that every day!

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10,000CAD
    Bouquet a Week for a Year

    Imagine your house in bloom all year long. Beautiful bouquets making you and your home special.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10,000CAD
    Farm Stand Grocery Boxes

    A Farm stand box delivered to your door every week for a year. From Lion's Bay to Pemberton.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $20,000CAD
    Public Art & 1 of $10k options

    Your name on our public art piece that is being created for On the Farm that depicts how community built this project is and how the dream became a reality. Plus your choice of either the Farm Stand Grocery Box or Flowers every week for a year. All trades people and businesses that have helped create On the Farm will be on this monument as well. (retail value - priceless)

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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