By Ashlyn Rhodes
A Nevada City Community Development Block Grant is being used by Huck’s Hollow Farm to expand their Penn Valley-based business. Owner Theresa Huck used the $10 thousand grant to hire a marketing team to help her update her packaging and website and market her artisan crackers and spice blends online. She also used some of the money to pay for a state inspection of Tess’ Kitchen Store’s commercial kitchen, which she’s planning to move in to.
Huck’s Hollow Farm started when Huck and her husband, Jim, began struggling with their son’s food allergies. Theresa says it was hard to find out what was in snacks she enjoyed, like Twinkies and Cheez-Its. After experimenting with recipes, they began selling products in a few local stores and at the Nevada City Farmer’s Market in 2013. Now they’re launching a Kick Starter campaign on Friday to help raise an additional $20 to 30 thousand to pay for organic and GMO-free certifications, and a change of packaging for her crackers. Huck says the Kick Starter campaign has a community aspect that she feels is very important.
The launch party will be at Tess’ Kitchen Store Friday from 5:30 to 8 . There will be appetizers provided by Alan Tangren, who was the chief forager at Chez Panisse in Berkley for 22 years.
To learn more or place an order, go online to HucksHollowFarm.com.