Support Local Food Brands
Some fortunate Long Island Food Council producers were accepted into food business incubators like SUNY Stonybrook, Calverton. Through a shared kitchen, storage, and operations space, start-ups there can grow in a low-risk setting while having easy access to the support they need to succeed. A few, like Five North Chocolate or Lucky Lou’s Gourmet Rice Pudding’s winning business recipes led to their big break. Most are just as hardworking and deserving of that success yet remain unknown to the everyday Long Islander for now. Small new makers simply lack the resources to efficiently offer their products directly to the public while managing and growing their brand at the core.
Responding To COVID-19
Other Long Island Food Council members share a story like Ohmigod Cookies and A Little Brittle Heaven. Rather than having the support of an incubator, they withstand the heat of launching out of their own home kitchens, armed with a ton of heart and a handful of devoted family and friends as their first customers.
Additionally, we should not forget about the traditional retail food producers. Many Long Island food makers throw their blood, sweat, tears, and often their life’s savings into a pure passion for serving their local community with their best niche food product recipes. One of Long Island Food Council’s MTRC grant recipient members, Sweet Soul Bakery is worth noting. This vegan baked-goods producer with a heart aims to support the local community’s efforts to get healthier without having to give up their guilty pleasures.
The LIFC Marketplace
The LIFC Marketplace helps Long Island food businesses leverage a larger marketplace’s marketing power and offer products to you without having to manage their own eCommerce store. With added value coming to the future to the LIFC Marketplace, food producers and shoppers will have options such as local pick-up locations to reduce environmental impact and repeat subscriptions for convenience. Busy business owners will be able to focus on internal operations while expanding their reach in various ways. By shopping on the LIFC Marketplace, you will be helping your fellow Long Islanders succeed in their creative dreams of food business ownership. Come support small businesses while discovering an array of unique, delicious, indulgent, and healthy options that you may never have known were right next door.