Dorene Jankowski, Fire From the Mountain
Outdoor Walk-in Freezer
Grant Award: $8,000
Dorene produces a variety of hot sauces, salsa, and berry jams from products grown on her farm and markets them through their website, local farmers markets, wholesale accounts, the the High Country Food Hub. With their grant, they added an outside walk-freezer.
This simple piece of equipment has made a huge improvement in their lives. The centralized location stores freshly harvested peppers, garlic, and berries, which they use in their hot sauces and salsas. Previously, Dorene and Pete had to make multiple trips back and forth to Boone during the busy growing season to store their peppers. Dorene projects the freezer will save them 30 trips during the month of October alone.