Two enterprising Portlanders are fueling their passion for organic food, local agriculture, and bicycles with a soup-er business: SoupCycle. Jed and Shauna, self-proclaimed Soupetarians, delivery fresh, homemade soup, bread, and salad direct to homes and offices by bicycle. It's almost enough to make me want to move to Portland...
"SoupCycle believes in a yummilicious sustainable future where everyone has access to wonderfully-tasting, local, organic soups."
Since summer of 2008, the Soupetarians have cooked and delivered over 2,500 organic soups and saved over 1000 miles of car use. They've also supported local farmers to the tune of $2000. Plus they're inventing a whole new lingo: Soupetarian, Soupscription service, and Souplandistan (the delivery area).
Here's how it works:
Check out the soup selections on the SoupCycle website and pick your favorite. Place your order online, including rustic bread, fresh salad and a "Fantabulous Dressing." SoupCycle buys the veggies for the soup from local farmers, then make the tasty soup, load it onto their bicycles and deliver to your home or office. You can try it for a few weeks and cancel the Soupscription anytime.
If you live in Souplandistan (Portland, OR, area), and you want to support a great little company that stands for local food and zero-emission delivery, then SoupCycle is gonna be your new favorite.
Maybe you're thinking outside the carbon box as well, and your big idea revolves around bicycles and food... It really looks the time is right for businesses that address both local food production and a low-carbon footprint. If you're starting up something along those lines, let us know how it goes.