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Evan Dayringer and Britten Stringwell

 

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He started Eat Ideas Farm in 2012. After going through two small locations in as many growing seasons, this year he'll be working a plot at Packard and Nordman, just down the road from the Cobblestone Farm Market, where Dayringer is an organizing member and a regular vendor. Neither Dayringer nor Stringwell regards the previous locations as failures; Stringwell describes them as "a series of experiments," a learning process that will lead to an ideal end location. However, she's hoping the newest site proves successful, since it's a neighborhood the couple would like to settle in eventually--currently, they're living with Ledon at her home on the West Side.

The Yellow Barn is bringing in enough income to cover its rent, but any extra is plowed back into improving the venue. So at the moment, Stringwell's B Bars are the couple's more financially lucrative project. With occasional help from a few friends and family members, they make bars three days a week, producing around 1,000 bars a month for sale at area farmers' markets and the People's Food Co-op.

Dayringer says they'd like to raise that number "quite a bit." They've rigged up a kitchen in the Barn, and since Liipa's birth they've been working on food safety certification and improved packaging in order to introduce the bars at bigger retailers like Whole Foods. Stringwell says all the elements for an expansion are in place except funding; they've taken out "really small loans" from her mother, but otherwise want to maintain sole control of B Bars. "We'll still be able to do it," Dayringer says. "It'll just be a longer slog."

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