Local artisan foods business launches ‘crowdfunding’ campaign

Mar 13, 2013
Photo by: Mountaineer file photo Jessica DeMarco is pictured with some of the products made by her business, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon. The business is launching a “crowdfunding” campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise funds to grow production in the coming season.

Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon is an artisan food company in Waynesville that specializes in small batch preserves and pickles, handcrafted from locally grown seasonal produce.  In March, the business is launching a “crowdfunding” campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise funds to grow their production in the coming season.

They are seeking to raise $10,000, which will enable them to invest in kitchen equipment and additional part time employees to assist in the crafting of their delectable jams and pickles.

The business, which began in 2011, was met early on with positive recognition as a co-winner of the 2012 Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Startup Business Competition.  In the summer of last year it was selected as one of 100 “American Made” finalists on a nationwide competition on MarthaStewart.com, and in November it was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine’s 2012 Made in the South Awards, spurring activity and growing demand for items such as its “Oven Roasted Tomato Jam with Garlic & Herbs” and “Onion & Peppercorn Dill Pickles.”

Owner and chef, Jessica DeMarco, is ready to take the business to the next level and aims to add employees and grow distribution in the coming production season.

“The demand for our product has outpaced our current production level, we’re ready to grow and will need to add extra hands to keep pace,”  DeMarco said.

The company sells at the local Historic Haywood Farmers Market and wholesales through 30 stores, which span from Knoxville to Raleigh.  Locally the products can be found in Waynesville at Turnabouts-Burr Studio on Main Street and Sunburst Market on Montgomery.  In Asheville, the brand is carried at The Tree & Vine in Biltmore Village, Chop Shop Butchery on Charlotte Street, and Livi’s Pantry, near Reynolds Mountain.

The full line of products includes both sweet and savory jams, as well as a broad assortment of pickled fare.  In keeping with their vision of “Preserving Tradition,” the business strives to support both small family farms and other independently owned small-businesses in the Western Carolina Region.  This is reflected directly in products such as the Peach ‘Shine Jam – made with Troy & Sons Moonshine, and Spiced Apple & Beer Jam which features Frog Level Brewing Company’s ‘Tadpole Porter’.

This focus on supporting local agriculture and community in the Western Carolina region is carried through to their upcoming Kickstarter campaign.  If their goal is reached, 5 percent of the funds raised will go directly to supply fresh local produce to The Open Door in Waynesville.  Supporters who pledge on their Kickstarter.com site will be rewarded with assortments of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon product and exclusive gear, made just for supporters of this campaign.  Visit Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon at www.copperpottraditions.com, follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cptraditions and pledge to the campaign at www.kickstarter.com.