The Perry County Farmer’s Now Open!

Saturdays
9 AM – 1 PM
105 W. Main Street
Somerset, Ohio

The Perry County Farmer’s Pantry is not open every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM for Perry County Cooperative and non-Cooperative vendors to sell their products. This “soft launch” will serve as an introduction to the communities in and around Perry County to the amazing opportunities that this project presents. The membership fee for vendors selling products at the Pantry is $25 for Perry County Cooperative Members, and $50 for non-members. The membership is good for 1 full calendar year.  For more information or to become a member of the Perry County Farmer’s Pantry, email Deb Raney at Deborah.Raney@odh.ohio.gov.

*All vendors who sell product at the Perry County Farmer’s Pantry must adhere to the guidelines of the Pantry. All consumable products must be packed and labeled according to cottage food specifications or under an approved FDA or ASDA label and adhere to ingredient and nutritional guidelines.

The Perry County Community Kitchen and Farmer’s Pantry

In 2015, the space at 105 W. Main Street in Somerset, Ohio officially became the Perry County Community Kitchen and Farmer’s Pantry. The space will serve as an incubator and retail shop to serve its community and various surrounding communities’ demand for locally grown and prepared products year round.

The Farmer’s Pantry will have regular hours so as not to compete with the Somerset Farmer’s Market, which currently operates from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October. The Pantry will offer retail space to vendors, charging a nominal membership and commission fee based on current fees paid by vendors of the Cooperative. All management responsibilities will be assumed by the Community Kitchen and Farmer’s Pantry and will include point-of-sale, product assignment and bar coding, retail space reservation, and payments to vendors. Each vendor will be responsible for product inventory and restocking. The Pantry will offer tenant space to vendors who sell products which include:

  • Locally groan produce
  • Meats including chicken, pork and beef
  • Eggs
  • Sauces and rubs
  • Breads and Cakes
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Arts and Crafts

Additionally, a small cafe at the Pantry is currently being developed. The Pantry is ideally suited and designed as a store front on one side and a small cafe on the other, with table seating. A bakery counter will offer local teas, coffee and locally produced sandwiches, cakes, muffins and scones.

Chef Alfonso Contrisciani is the Executive Director and anchor tenant of the Perry County Community Kitchen.

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What is a community incubator kitchen?

A community incubator kitchen is a shared-use space where community members can use professional grade kitchen equipment and grow their business. A community kitchen allows small food businesses that may be operating out of a home kitchen or smaller facility to grow without investing in expensive infrastructure.

The Community Kitchen is located in the same building as the Farmer’s Pantry, in the back of the facility. Additionally, the thermal processing space will soon be open to residents in the basement. Equipment in the Community Kitchen will include:

  • Two Industrial Convection Ovens
  • One Industrial Mixer
  • Tilt Skillet
  • Thermal Processing Space (basement)
  • ….And much more!

The Community Kitchen will also offer cooking classes open to all community members and supported by the Culinary Institute at Hocking College.

The Perry County Community Kitchen will be open to residents of Perry County and surrounding counties at a rental rate.