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!