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A Savory Small Business Just Down the Street

When I first started at the Center for Rural Affairs, I made sure to bring my lunch from home. I figured there wouldn’t be a lot of options in Lyons. So it was a pleasant surprise to find Soup-N-More, a natural foods grocery, just down the street.

As the name suggests, it all began with soup. A few years ago Rebecka Fleischman wanted to do something with her thanksgiving leftovers. So she started dehydrating her own vegetables, throwing in some spices and giving away these ready-made soup mixes to family and friends.

A Tale of Two Businesses

I recently returned from Montana, where intern Matt Gunther and I spent a lot of time driving. We called it a “storytelling roadtrip”. We traveled the requisite long distances in this majority-rural state to talk with and listen to people. Health care was a hot topic that we discussed from living room to living room, over coffee, and in the middle of the pasture. People laid out their lives and their hopes for reform.

Stand with Veteran and Beginning Farmers to Pass the Farm Bill

“It’s time for Congress to step up to the plate, stop bickering and pass the Farm Bill,” says Garrett Dwyer.

In 2010, Garrett moved back home to the family ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills. A former Marine who served in Iraq, this cowboy knows something about “stepping up”.

He and his parents steward land that’s been in the family since 1894. Since joining the business, Garrett’s been hard at work updating the cow-calf operation with new equipment and facilities.

It All Started with Soup

Rebecka has a passion for healthy food.

A couple years ago, she started dehydrating vegetables from her garden, putting them into soup mixes and giving them to her family members. Word soon spread and Rebecka developed a small customer base. She remembers traveling to their first food show and selling out within hours.

“That’s when I realized we had a business,” she said. Soup ‘n More was born.

So Rebecka and her husband Allen converted the living room into a commercial kitchen. But they quickly outgrew the space. And that’s when they turned to REAP for help.

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