Fresh from Farmed
New business offering local food getting ready to open in Summerside
Farmed, a new local food market and craft butchery, is excited to be opening its doors in Summerside.
Earlier this month, the proponents, Mike and Julie Taylor, were run off their feet busy as they attended to a thousand different details associated with opening a new business with many suppliers. The couple also owns the Bony Broth Company, which has a stall at the Summerside Farmer’s Market and supplies local restaurants and stores.
“Well I haven’t gone totally crazy – yet,” chuckled Mike recently.
Farmed, in addition to being a butcher’s shop, will also offer a variety of local and non-local foods and snacks, though Mike stressed their commitment to carrying local products.
“If there’s an alternative that’s made on P.E.I., we’re trying to source it,” he said.
In addition to selling produce and meat, Farmed will offer fresh meals to go, both hot and frozen for reheating later. They’re even going to make their own ice cream on site.
“The feedback from the small producers has been great. They’re really excited to have another avenue to sell,” said Julie.
The couple was shooting for a July 27 soft opening at their 591 Read Dr. location, but there was still a lot of work to be done before then.
However, for all the work left, their excitement was growing daily.
Farmed will be the culmination of a dream for them, not just in an entrepreneurial sense, but also in terms of their vision of what a local-focused community business can be.
For example, they’re encouraging farmers with a community-supported agriculture or food box program to use their parking lot as a drop off/pick up point or even temporary storage. They’re also offering free coffee to farmers. And, in general, they are completely open to further suggestions for more local products they might like to carry.
In addition, they are focused on building a community around their business, they said, and they are eager to get to work.
Mike and Julie Taylor, owners of The Bony Broth Company, are shown earlier this month as they geared up for the soft opening of their newest venture, Farmed. The new business is a local market and craft butchery located at 591 Read Dr.