It’s time “To Go” for Patrick McNiff, owner of Pat’s Pastured, the farming operation at East Greenwich’s Boesch Farm. After many years of raising farm animals and selling the meat, poultry and eggs to cook at home, McNiff is entering the world of prepared foods – but looking to the community for help.
Pat’s has established a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $25,000 toward the purchase of both a food cart and a food truck.
The idea, according to McNiff, is to provide both excellent food that can be eaten immediately and let new customers taste Pat’s products before buying them.
“The reason we’re doing this is we have great products that are fresh but frozen,” McNiff said. “A lot of people come to the farmers market and they jokingly say, ‘Can you cook this for me?’ We’ve always thought that would be a great thing to do. This is a way we can cook it and provide it at farmers markets and at the farm here. It’s a fresh product everyone can feel good about.”
It will be a real “local” team effort, with the breads coming from Foremost Baking Company in Providence (which uses Pat’s eggs and lard for their brioche buns), cheeses coming from Narragansett Creamery and other local purveyors and vegetables coming from Pat’s longtime local farm partners.
The offerings will include breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, and sausages – to start. The cart comes before the truck, with the aim of having it for the summer farmers market circuit. The dream is to one day be able to host farm dinners at Boesch.
Want to help? Here’s the Kickstarter link.