By Cristin Cooper
An alternative faith community has been gathering at my house on Monday nights for several months now. We eat soup and bread, which for us is symbolic of breaking bread, and we have conversation that deconstructs and reconstructs our ideas of God, church, and community.
A handful of the community have encouraged me to look into selling the soup we eat. So, earlier this month, I did!
Now, coming to the end of the month, if anyone asks me what I do, my answer is “I’m a soup maker. I make and sell soup to customers at the Olney Farmer’s Market. The soup is not for the customer to go home and eat themselves or with their family, but to connect with a neighbor over. The name of my soup is Coop’s Soup: Sharing Soup, Building Community.”
From now until entrepreneur week I will be continuing the process of turning Coop’s Soup into an LLC business! This includes me finalizing a partnership with a local organic farm where I'm looking to have all the ingredients for the soup be locally sourced. With this, I’ll start working at the farm in April for money, and then transition into working on the farm for vegetables as the demand for vegetables for Coop’s Soups grows.
A friend recently made a joke that I could wear an apron that says, “How do you like my Stoll?” I plan on actually making and wearing one!