A new Snyder-based business aims to fill a niche with both its product and business model.
Tiny House Farms Microgreens, a family-owned indoor farm that spouses Emily and Laura Klapper operate out of their home, launched May 1. The farm grows and sells microgreens, or tiny vegetables used as nutritional supplements or taste enhancements, to consumers and local chefs and restaurants.
The pandemic brought uncertainty about food accessibility, especially in nutritious products. The Klappers were both working remotely and started researching ways to grow food at their Snyder home. When they discovered microgreens, it seemed like a “no brainer.” Growing tiny food was a perfect match for their tiny home. Emily Klapper continues to work full-time in education and the business is currently Laura Klapper’s full-time job.
Tiny House Farms aims to fill a microgreen gap in the Northtowns and bring new varieties to the Buffalo market. On the consumer side, the business sells products at local market events, as well as offering monthly subscriptions that customers can pick up at the farm or have delivered. Microgreen options change every month and shoppers can also select which varieties they prefer to receive. “We also use it as a way for us to do some market testing on some new varieties,” Laura Klapper said.
Tiny House Farms also works with Produce Peddlers, an online farmers’ market that delivers local produce to groups like caterers, restaurants and schools in Western New York. That helps Tiny House Farms connect with more restaurants and chefs.
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