NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is thrilled to support the Millrace Kitchen, an incubator space designed to support food business startups. Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street.
In this series, you’ll Meet the Millrace Members, get a sense of what it takes to start a food business and learn of some incredible food and baked goods being made right in downtown Woonsocket.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Jason: Our names are Adam K. Taylor and Jason Pinto! I started Level Acres Farm, a garden center and farm stand in Attleboro, Massachusetts over 20 years ago. Our new partnership happened somewhat by chance. Due to COVID-19 Adam was out of work last fall. We sell Christmas trees here at the farm stand in Attleboro and Adam came to work as a tree salesman. I had no idea his background was in baking. As we got to talking we thought there might be a fit there. So over the winter we got our business plan together and found out about the Millrace Kitchen. We were really fortunate to come across them. And that’s how we started this endeavor! Our bakery has been in business since the spring.
Adam: Millrace has all the bells and whistles anyone could ask for. It’s such a clean kitchen, with such a nice community. Everyone I’ve met has been so helpful and works well together.
One of the things that has made Jason and I click professionally is we share the same philosophy. At the garden center, he’s always given his very best. That’s meant finding the best flowers, farmers, growers, and giving his best to the community. I came from a fine, luxury dining background in Boston, which called for the same mentality. And this was immediately something we both agreed on—when we do anything or make anything, it has to be our best effort.
What type of food do you make?
Adam: I think I would call our genre American/French/Country! I studied in France but am American, so there’s some culinary overlap there. Our bakery items are rustic and approachable. We try to source the best ingredients, and use ingredients that are in season and sold at the farm stand.
Right now we’re making strawberry rhubarb pies because both strawberry and rhubarb are in season. We’ll be making zucchini and blueberry breads soon. It’s great finding the ingredients from local growers and then being able to sell our pies to the community. We’re honest with our ingredients too; we don’t include any flavor enhancers or artificial ingredients. We use what we have available! We regularly serve chocolate chip cookies, madeleines (a French pastry), brownies and pound cake year round. And shift with the seasons for other items. We’re looking forward to incorporating peaches, pears, apples and carrots heading into fall!
How can customers find you?
Jason: People can find us at our website, on Facebook, Instagram, or give us a good old fashioned phone call! The store phone number is 508-399-8226. We look forward to being at the Levitt AMP Woonsocket summer concert series as well!
What are your business dreams?
Adam and Jason: Through the years we’ve built up the farm stand but the bakery is brand new this spring. We’re living our current dream! Right now we’re trying to just establish a great name for ourselves. Level Acres has created a reputable name for the garden center and their produce over the years. We want that name to extend to our baked goods and pastries. We also want to make sure we’re well known in our community and can keep everyone excited about our samples and new menu items! If demands ever starts to exceed our supply, we’ll go from there!
Interested in starting up your own food business? Need for a baker or caterer for your next event? Looking for a unique space to hold a party?
Visit the Millrace Kitchen to learn more about our offerings.