Help Open The Freshfully Cafe


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Read my review of Freshfully at: http://geekalabama.com/2012/05/03/business-review-freshfully/

The Freshfully retail location at the Avondale area of Birmingham is getting close to its one year anniversary.  The owners of Freshfully Sam Brasseale and Jen Barnett; offers the best local produce and products from Alabama.  Freshfully also now offers classes at its retail location and yes, it still offers the weekly boxes containing local produce.  Freshfully now wants to take that local and fresh produce and open the Freshfully Cafe.

Freshfully’s mission is to make more local food more accessible to more people. One way to do this is to make it ready to eat. Freshfully wants to keep spreading the word about delicious local fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. They also want to give you more reasons to come hang out at Freshfully and all over Avondale.  So this is why they are wanting to open the Freshfully Cafe.  All of the items at the café would come from local ingredients just like what you see at the retail store and in the boxes.  Freshfully is running a Indiegogo fundraiser to raise funding to start the café.  If you also have certain items you can donate, they will take that too!  They need a panini press, toaster, microwave, blender, espresso machine, ice machine, meat slicer, tables, and a sandwich prep station.  You can say Freshfully Cafe is going to be like a local sandwich shop, only better!

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Some of the perks are great as well!  For a pledge of $25, you will get one pound of fresh and local strawberries, lemons, peaches, or a pint of figs.  For a pledge of $50, you will get one Belle Chevre goat cheese kit plus one ticket to their class on how to make goat cheese, starring Sam Brasseale.  For a pledge of $100, you will get 10 cups of Finder Grind Coffee, and for a pledge of $500, they will name a sandwich after you!  Feeling generous, if you pledge $1000, Freshfully will treat you to a private, after hours farm-to-table dinner for six at Freshfully!

If you want to donate any money, you have until midnight on Saturday March 9th to do it!  Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/freshfully-cafe to donate!

To learn more about Freshfully go to: http://freshfully.com/

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Business Review: Freshfully


On Wednesday before the Digital City movie event I went to visit Freshfully.  This new business in the Avondale area of Birmingham features local produce and products.  Freshfully won the Occupy Avondale contest and has six months of free rent.

Freshfully started as a online-only business and wanted to be in a physical location inside the Birmingham metro.  Freshfully features organic and substantial produce from local farmers that have a relationship with the owners of Freshfully.  The business also sells weekly boxes containing produce, milk, and diary that can be picked up anywhere in the Birmingham metro.

The owners of Freshfully Sam Brasseale and Jen Barnett “love it” that they are getting six months of free rent.  The company is working on a limited budget and only has four employees.  The company wants to keep things “as local as we can.”  And everything featured in Freshfully comes within an 350 mile radius of Birmingham.  The store has many products made by local people that you will not find in a major grocery store.  And the owners love all of the media and blogger attention that Freshfully is getting.

One of the things I liked about Freshfully is that each product on the shelves describes the product and the good things about it.  Plus they tell you who made the product and where it came from.  So you know it’s from local sources and not shipped in from another part of the country.  The owners are hoping that Freshfully expands statewide and offers local products to all Alabamians.  Freshfully is located on 200 41st St S in Birmingham (directly across from Avondale Brewing Company).  The web address is http://freshfully.com/. Their phone number is 205-983-6456.  And their hours are Mon.-Sun. from 10am to 7pm.  From May 3-5 Freshfully is holding a grand opening celebration with live music, live cooking demonstrations, meet and greet with local farmers, and many other special things!

And the owners of Freshfully will be on Oh! Brother Radio Thursday May 3rd at 7pm on Birmingham Mountain Radio.  Podcast of the show will also be available.  Congratulations to the owners of Freshfully and here’s a toast to great success!

P.S. bring your own bags or you will have to buy a $3 reusable bag!