Next Steps

To be considered for membership please fill out the form below so we can get an understanding of your business and needs and we will contact you if we're a good fit for you and your business!  If you'd like a breakdown of our pricing please scroll down for our FAQ.

Frequently asked questions

What is required to join Leaven Kitchen?


- A valid business license - A Department of Agriculture License (we can assist you to obtain your license) - Insurance Certificate (COI), Leaven must be listed as a certificate holder - ServSafe Certification - Manager's Certificate offered at Leaven go to www.trainwithfern.com for more information and to schedule a class




What are your monthly membership fees?


- $50 monthly administration fee - Storage Fees if necessary range from $15/month to $225 month - Kitchen Use Fees range from $10-$25 hourly with a $200 per member monthly minimum after 60 days of onboarding.




What does it cost to use the kitchen?


Our pricing is as follows: Monthy Fees: $50 Admin Fee, storage fees will be based on what you need (pricing below) Kitchen Use Fees range from $10-$25 hourly with a $200 per member monthly minimum after 60 days of onboarding. Initial Fees: $100 Onboarding/person Consulting Fees: Vary based on need, Leaven covers the first 30 minutes with our wonderful consultant Lauren Carey after which there is a charge of $100/hour Dry Storage 2000 sq ft storage room Space for equipment, your own shelving, shelf space, locking cages, and pallet space available. Single Large Shelf space - $15 a month 2x4 ft space - $20 a month 4x4 ft space - $40 a month Locking Cages - $40 a month (added to 2x4 space, total: $60) Walk-In Freezer Storage 300 sqft Option of shelving, speed racks, and locking cages for storage Shelving - $40 a month 2x2 space (speed rack size) - $100 a month Locking Cages - (2x4 ft) - $225 a month Walk-In Cooler Storage (plant based or ready to eat products only) 150 sqft Option of shelving and speed racks If you need an entire locking cage of refrigeration, you can have the option of a door in a reach in. Shelving - $40 a month 2x2 space (speed rack size) - $100 a month (limited space available) Reach-In Refrigerator Storage (Meat Friendly) Individual shelf - $25/month Kitchen Stations Large packaging station 72 inch table and 96 inch table Plug access for any heat sealers Access to 2 door Freezer $13 an hour Normal Prep/packaging stations 72 inch table Plug access for any heat sealers $10 an hour Micro baking station 36 inch table Commercial Vulcan Oven $13 an hour Large baking station A Two 72 inch tables Sheet pan deep Vulcan Oven Six top burner $20 an hour Large baking station B Two 72 inch tables Two sheet pan deep Vulcan ovens Easy access to the 60qt mixer $20 an hour Small Baking station A&B 72 inch table Six burner stove with oven Double Vulcan ovens $17 an hour Total Kitchen Stations A&B Single Vulcan Oven Six burner stove with oven Charbroiler Access to a tilt skillet $25 an hourT Total Kitchen Stations A&B Single Vulcan Oven Six burner stove with oven Flat top griddle Access to a tilt skillet $25 an hour Jams/Jellies/Beverages Prep tables Steam dishwasher to use for sterilization, canning, sealing, etc Access to a steam kettle The sprayer has a filtration system $20 an hour




What equipment do you have in your kitchen for members to use?


Specialty Equipment use ranges from $5-$10/hour. Members are able to use their own NSF certified equipment as well. 60 Qt Mixers Dough Hook Specialty Mixer 20 Qt Mixers High Capacity Dehydrators Immersion Blender Vitamix Blenders Robot Coupe Food Processors Blast Chiller Vacuum Sealer Dough Press Dough Sheeter




Who can join Leaven Kitchen?


Leaven is certified for the Department of Agriculture, so you would have to be producing food that would be packaged and sold wholesale or retail. Think prepared meals that your customers would just warm up at home, beverages, baked goods. **Please note that we are currently not able to accept caterers or food trucks in our current space since those are only permitted at a Dept of Health kitchen.**




Are you currently accepting new members?


Please fill out our contact form with your business information including what you produce, your process, and how many hours you'll need to use the kitchen on a monthly basis and we will contact you with the next steps if you are a good fit for our space.




What does your Covid Policy look like?


We are taking COVID-19 as seriously as it is. Here are the measures we've created to keep our members safe. For the entire building

  • Installed new HVAC that does not recycle air
  • Installed new vents and filters for HVAC
  • Replaced all floors outside the kitchen with antimicrobial rubber.
  • All ceiling tiles replaced
  • New LED lights
  • Open air office space for members to use
  • Five sinks outside of the kitchen area, including one at the front door. All sinks are equipped with soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towel holders that only allow one paper towel to be pulled at a time
Kitchen Space
  • Deep cleaned and sanitized kitchen floors & walls. This will be done by a professional crew and includes sanitation specifically for COVID-19.
  • Repainting and replacement of walls.
  • All new equipment & including walk-in and freezer.
Storage
  • The cages are made of antimicrobial steel and the shelves lift out to go through the dishwasher for spills. No rust, no screws and lockage storage.
As for operations, we have pulled all of the best practices from the CDC and other organizations that are on the forefront of research with how the virus spreads. This includes taking temp of every person who enters the building, frequent hand washing, mandatory mask usage, thorough cleaning of the building every night, rags washed and sanitized by Cintas, mopheads switched out everyday and separate mopheads for the kitchen vs. the rest of the building, and more.