A Heartfelt Thanksgiving Message from The Cottage

This Thanksgiving, we at The Cottage have so much to be grateful for. Our journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support and belief of many incredible people.

Firstly, we extend our deepest thanks to our investors. Your faith in our vision and your generous support have been crucial in our mission to bridge the gap between people and healthier, tastier food. Your belief in us means the world.

We’re equally thankful for the farmers markets and vendors who’ve enriched our experience. Your endless patience in answering our questions and listening to our ideas has been invaluable. We dream of a future where you can focus on your true passion – creating top-notch, healthy food – while we take care of connecting you with your customers. ChefV, your kind words…

“Thank you so much for all of your help! I know that many of the vendors will benefit from you, your team, and your great services. You have been a blessing to me and my family. Thank you again,”

…meant everything to us. Your feedback fuels our late nights, our extensive research, and our commitment, even as we juggle being parents to two energetic boys. Your message truly touched our hearts, and we thank you.

Our gratitude also goes out to our customers and those yet to discover us. What we’re doing is new and different. Even if you don’t realize it yet, your next favorite meal is waiting, and we’re here to guide you to it. Mitch, your words…

“My experience with Bell Biscuits (one of our vendors) was nothing short of amazing! Each biscuit I tried stood out as one of the best I’ve had!!”

…reaffirm our mission. We knew you’d love them, and we can’t wait to bring such joy to others too. Thank you.

A huge thank you to our mentors, whose wisdom and experiences have been a guiding light for us. Your stories of overcoming challenges inspire us to strive for future successes. And to our family and friends, who’ve turned every social gathering into an impromptu focus group – thank you for enjoying all the “sample food” and for your unwavering support.

As we celebrate with family and food this Thanksgiving, we envision a future where feasts are sourced locally from farmers nearby, bringing families together in gratitude, just like ours. Here’s to a season of giving thanks, and to the hope that our future celebrations will bring more families together in thanksgiving too.

Fall, Food, and Friendship: The Cottage’s Recipe for Community

Fall is that cozy time when the weather is just right. We love it because it’s perfect for having our friends and neighbors over in our backyard. Ever since we started The Cottage, our menu for these get-togethers has turned into a tasty culinary journey around the world.

We’ve found out that homemade food doesn’t only mean food made in our own home!

Last week, we had one of these special gatherings. Even though we’re knee-deep working to build The Cottage, it was a breeze hosting it with the help from our local food heroes. We’ve found out that homemade food doesn’t only mean food made in our own home. It’s the lovingly made jams, sauces, and pies from the homes of our neighbors who pour their hearts into cooking. And, was it a hit at the gathering!

The meal was a mix of different worlds, just like our guests who came from Indian, Guyanese, Uzbek and other diverse backgrounds. We kicked things off with a variety of local jams. The main course was Nigerian Jollof rice with smoked ribs with herbs from nearby farms, chimichurri from Lalos & Tasteninis, and BBQ sauce from AubSauce and Piedmont BBQ Co. The salad dressing was from Sammy Girl’s Country Kitchen, and for dessert, we had flan from ML Sweets and key lime pies Cotina. Everyone enjoyed the cool drinks from The Culinary Collective and Sooko Gardens Juice. We also enjoyed Pecans from Pecan Nation and Jam from Duluth Cottage Kitchen  & Narrow way Farm

With every bite, we saw barriers crumbling and new bonds forming. Food from The Cottage did more than satiate hunger; it became a medium of conversation, a reason to celebrate the diverse cultures amongst us. The joy in the eyes of our guests as they inquired, “Where did you get this from?” for each item they tasted revealed the success of our little endeavor. 

Our mission with The Cottage is simple – to break down boundaries between people and delicious food. Looking at the happy faces and hearing the cheerful chatter, we know The Cottage is turning into something really beautiful. Each meal shared, each story told over a dish, is making our community feel like a global family. And as we keep working on The Cottage, we can’t wait to see more of these joyful moments unfold.

If you live in Georgia, please visit and patronize our amazing vendors;

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Rain or Shine: The Cottage’s Commitment to Local Food Businesses

We are on a journey to becoming Georgia’s largest online community of local food businesses. This fall, our visits to the farmers markets have been drenched in rain, casting a grey cloud not just in the sky but also on the vibrant spirit of local businesses. They tirelessly set up their stalls, only to watch the rain drive customers away. 

Besides weather woes, these markets grapple with space constraints, allowing only a limited number of vendors to set up shop. As winter nears, many markets shut down till spring.

We seized this opportunity to interact with these businesses, delving into their challenges and needs. This insight has been invaluable in tailoring our services to effectively address their problems. At the heart of our mission is enabling these local gems to continue whipping up their delicious offerings, while we take care of bringing the market to them, rain or shine.

Today, The Cottage proudly hosts over 250 businesses and offers 1500 local food choices. Our platform is more than transactional exchanges, we are nurturing a community where people can engage with businesses directly, discover, and relish the diverse local flavors available.

We’re a bridge between local businesses and the community, making it possible for them to sell regardless of the weather or season.

Are you a Georgia resident? Visit The Cottage today and see what delicious local offerings are available near you – https://cottage.shop/ 

What is The Cottage?

What is The Cottage?

Imagine your neighbor, Mrs. Smith, makes the best apple pie you’ve ever tasted. But only a few people in your neighborhood know about it. The Cottage is an online marketplace Mrs. Smith can set up her own online store and share her delicious apple pie with the whole community.

Why We’re Different

The Cottage is not just another food delivery app. It’s a community-driven platform that helps local food businesses, like Mrs. Smith, grow and thrive. We provide the tools for easy online sales, efficient operations, and effective marketing. Plus, we’re all about diversity, offering a wide range of unique, authentic dishes from various cultures.

Our Progress So Far

We’ve hit the ground running! In just one month, we’ve onboarded more than 50 local food shops and listed over 250 food items from different parts of Georgia. We’ve also made a handful of sales on the beta version of our platform. And guess what? We’re just getting started!

Why You Should Join Us

  1. For Food Sellers: The first 100 vendors to join us won’t have to pay any enrollment or transaction fees until 2024!
  2. For Food Lovers: Discover a wide range of local and unique foods you won’t find in regular restaurants.
  3. For Investors: We’ve already secured $50,200 in investments, and we’re open for more. This is your chance to be part of something big!

Let’s Build The Cottage Together!

Your feedback is invaluable to us. Whether you’re a food seller or a food lover, we want to hear from you. Help us make The Cottage the best tool for your business and your belly!

Check out The Cottage for more details.

Announcing Our Membership with the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce!

We’re excited to announce that we are now officially members of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce in Georgia! This membership marks a new chapter in our commitment to serving and growing alongside our local community.

Being a part of this esteemed organization not only signifies our commitment to the local business community but also provides us with the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the growth and prosperity of Johns Creek.

Cooking Up Community: Building a Flavorful Community One Business at a Time

At The Cottage, we are more than just a platform; we are a community. As we navigate through the exciting phase of business onboarding, we are committed to not just attracting homemade food businesses but also building a community around them. Our recent adventures in various farmers markets have been nothing short of exhilarating, and we are thrilled to share our journey with you.

A Tour of Farmers Markets

 

Over the past few weeks, our team has been on the ground, visiting farmers markets from Oakhurst to Decatur and even a few in Marta stations. The goal? To get to know the businesses that make our community vibrant and introduce them to the endless possibilities with The Cottage. The excitement has been palpable, and we’ve even had the pleasure of onboarding some businesses on the spot!

Spotlight: Nimota of Royal Foods

Among the many thriving businesses we’ve encountered, one that stands out is Nimota’s Royal Foods. With years of experience that began in Chicago and now flourishes in Atlanta, Nimota specializes in Nigerian delicacies. Her Ata Agoyin and Obe Ata are not just popular; they are a taste sensation. What’s even more remarkable is her ability to preserve these dishes perfectly without any artificial preservatives, retaining their authentic taste.

We met Nimota at the Decatur farmers market, and she was so impressed with The Cottage that she signed up immediately. Since then, her delicacies and fruit juices have been a hit. This is precisely what The Cottage aims to do—connect local homemade food businesses to a broader audience right in their community.

But it’s not just about Nigerian food. From Venezuelan arepas to American apple pies, the diversity of homemade food within our community is astounding. Whether you’re in Decatur or Oakhurst, there’s a world of flavors waiting to be explored, and The Cottage is your gateway to this culinary adventure.

Join the Homemade Food Revolution

As we continue to onboard more businesses, our focus remains the same: to build a thriving community around homemade food. We are not just offering a platform; we are creating a movement. A movement that celebrates diversity, encourages entrepreneurial spirit, and most importantly, satisfies your taste buds.

So, if you’re a homemade food business looking to expand your reach or a food lover eager to explore new tastes, The Cottage is where you need to be. Join us in this exciting journey as we continue to spice up the homemade food scene, one dish at a time.

Come, be a part of The Cottage community.

The Cottage Makes Its First Sale, and It’s Flan-tastic!

Guess what? We at The Cottage just made our very first sale, and we’re bursting with joy to share the news with you! 🍰

Meet Marbella, the culinary genius behind ML Sweets ATL, and one of the first entrepreneurs to join our platform. She whips up the most scrumptious desserts with a Venezuelan twist, and we just HAD to try her Flan. Oh boy, was it creamy! It was like a little slice of homemade heaven that melted in our mouths. 😋

But that’s not all! Our journey into Georgia’s homemade food scene has been a flavorful fiesta. We’ve explored farmers’ markets, discovered diverse cuisines, and met incredible food creators. The more we taste and experience, the more we want to share with you!

So, if you’ve got a homemade food business in Georgia, The Cottage is calling your name! We’re building a community of flavor, fun, and friendship. And if you’re in the Johns Creek area, you should definately try the special desserts at ML Sweets ATL.

Come on, Georgia, let’s celebrate food, community, and creativity together at The Cottage!

 

The Cottage: A Marketplace for Homemade Foods

Welcome to The Cottage, a first-of-its-kind marketplace for homemade foods. If you’re a food enthusiast looking for unique, authentic dishes from various cuisines, The Cottage is the place for you.

The Cottage is a marketplace for everyone to access and enjoy homemade foods, lovingly prepared by licensed homemade food makers from various states in the USA. Here’s why you’ll love The Cottage:

  1. Diverse Range of Foods: The Cottage offers a diverse range of homemade foods from various cuisines. Whether you’re craving traditional Chinese dumplings or fiery Mexican street tacos, you’ll find it on The Cottage.
  2. Local Flavors: All the food on The Cottage is prepared by your neighbors from various cultures and backgrounds. This means you get to enjoy unique, local flavors right from your neighborhood.
  3. Quality and Authenticity: All food sellers on The Cottage are licensed homemade food makers, ensuring the quality and authenticity of the food.
  4. Easy to Use: The Cottage makes it easy for you to find and order the food you love. Just browse through the offerings, place your order, and enjoy delicious homemade food.
  5. Community: When you use The Cottage, you’re not just buying food; you’re supporting local businesses and becoming part of a community of food lovers.

So why wait? Join The Cottage community today and start enjoying delicious, homemade foods from around your neighborhood!

The Cottage: Empowering Homemade Food Sellers

In the diverse culinary landscape of the US, a golden opportunity has emerged. Neighbors from various cultures and backgrounds are cooking up unique, authentic dishes, and The Cottage is here to bridge the gap between these culinary treasures and food enthusiasts.

The Cottage is the first platform dedicated to homemade food makers, providing them with the tools to expand their business and connect with a community of food lovers. Here’s how The Cottage can help you as a food seller:

  • Online Presence: The Cottage provides an online platform to expand your reach to a larger customer base. Many homemade food businesses remain offline, presenting a vast untapped market. The Cottage helps you tap into this market, bringing your unique offerings to a wider audience.
  • Easy Operation: The Cottage provides tools to manage orders and transactions, helping you operate efficiently. From tracking orders to managing payments, The Cottage simplifies the process, allowing you to focus on what you do best – creating delicious food.
  • Marketing Tools: The Cottage helps you find new customers that are already in your neighborhood. Through targeted marketing and a shared customer community, The Cottage helps you grow your customer base and increase sales.
  • Easy Setup and Use: Setting up your store on The Cottage is easy and quick, even for those who are not particularly tech-savvy. Plus, the first 100 vendors to join won’t have to pay any enrollment or transaction fees until 2024!

The Cottage is not just a platform; it’s a community. Your feedback helps shape the platform, ensuring it remains the best tool for your business. So why wait? Set up your store today and join the Cottage community!