Overall, the mission of the Lancaster Edibles Venture Kitchen is to provide certified kitchen space to food entrepreneurs and local producers. Users are able to test, develop, produce and package specialty food and value added product for resale. The kitchen is a community resource providing training in food safety, business planning, marketing, packaging and distribution.
The Kitchen offers:
- Certified kitchen space to the specialty food entrepreneur, just going into business or well established;
- Certified kitchen space to the producer adding value to their crops, by extending the harvest and preserving them for later sale; and
- Certified kitchen space to the caterer, the restaurant, the church, the community organization who needs additional capacity.
As of October 27, 2008 the Lancaster County Edibles Venture Kitchen is open for established food entrepreneurs who are ServSafe certified, have insurance, and do not have major storage requirements. For a downloadable brochure with further information on the Kitchen, click here. If you are interested in using the Kitchen and you are an existing business, having beenin operation for longer than a year, click here for an application. If you have been in business for less than a year, click here.