KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) is celebrating its 1st anniversary of salsa sales!
The proceeds from KLFS Salsa are invested into operating expenses such as rent, allowing them to continue to deliver food access and food literacy programs within the City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Our hope is that this social enterprise will help KLFS be financially resilient in the midst of any future economic uncertainty,” says Heather Kirby, Executive Director at the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. “The project will be an ongoing, self-sustaining source of revenue that compliments our regular fundraising efforts. Diversifying our streams of income is a priority for our team as a way of mitigating risk and ensuring we can always be relied on by our member agencies and our community during times of need.”
In early 2020, KLFS put an online poll out to the community asking them what type of KLFS food product they would be most interested in purchasing. Salsa won by a landslide, with over 70% of respondents choosing it over the alternative options according to KLFS.
Over the course of 2020, KLFS worked quietly on product ideation, recipe development, marketing assessments, and regulatory compliance. The final recipe was developed in collaboration with George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio, and the salsa was produced by KLFS staff and volunteers alongside the knowledgeable employees of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre.
To date, they have produced over 6,000 jars of salsa which have been on local store shelves for one year.
Original retail locations continue to include Reid’s Valu-Mart, Farmer’s Butcher Shop, Mariposa Woolen Mill, Fresh FueLL and Burns Bulk Food with an additional seven locations including: Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing (Bobcaygeon), Craftworks and Antiques at the Barn (Fowlers Corner), Living Local Marketplace and The Food Shop (Peterborough), Sobeys Fenelon Falls, Foodland – Coboconk, Foodland – Havelock, and The Kawartha Living Store (Bethany).
Salsa will also be available for sale at assorted events such as farmers markets, so keep your eye on KLFS’ social media for these pop-up purchasing opportunities.
“We were honoured to be the 2021 Social Innovation Award of Excellence winner from the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce. We’re confident that our Salsa will leave a good taste in your mouth, and a good feeling in your heart,” concluded Kirby.
For more information about KLFS Salsa go to www.kawarthalakesfoodsource.com or call 705-324-0707