Friday, 6 November 2015

Catering Kitchen is open for business

Most people know Ojo's for supporting Ancaster’s local food producers and cooking up duck fat fries in our vintage travel trailer, we are really chuffed to say that Ojo's is now a certified catering kitchen located at 1632 Wilson Street West beside Soldaat’s Poultry.

Small scale food production kitchens meet the same building and safety standards that are designed for industrial scale food processing this can financially burden a small start-up.  We decided to open up our kitchen as a shared space to other like-minded companies to help alleviate startup barriers for their good ideas supporting local food.
Anyone wanting to start a food business in the city of Hamilton has to comply with health and safety regulations and a big part of that is preparation in a certified and health inspected kitchen. 
Having Ojo’s in Ancaster’s west end provides an essential service for local entrepreneurs and food safety on the Hamilton mountain.
In addition to sharing the space we are busy planning a catering menu that will serve the local area, with pre-ordered soups and family friendly meals.  As new products are produced in the kitchen expect to find them for sale on the website.
Plan B Organic Farms also sees the need for this type of shared food hub and they have started using the space to prepare their next batch of kimchi, which we be available to purchase in addition to their weekly CSA shares.  Eat Industries located in the downtown Hamilton Farmers Market have also moved the slow roasting portion of their menu to the Ojo Kitchen.  
In addition to the kitchen the Ojo’s warehouse continues to support the Good Food Box program with monthly pick-ups in conjunction with the Wilson Street Farmers Market and Dundas in Transition.  Reserve your good food box online and check out the latest local products made with care in Ancaster.