Foodies and family members from near and far showed support for the brick and mortar version of Provisionary by contributing over $13,000 via Kickstarter to fund the renovations and equipment necessary to open their doors. "We are SO thankful for all of the support we have received this year," exclaims Mona. "Our dream of having more fresh and healthy foods in Vergennes is alive!" The former California Girl appears to be smitten with her husband's home town. "This little city has been a wonderful place to start our business," Mona adds. "There is a very strong food and beverage scene here, and given the size of our community, that's very impressive! There is also a fresh vibrancy in Vergennes that doesn't exist in most small towns."
When it comes to attitudes about food, Mona sees similarities between the Golden State and the Green Mountain State. She reflects, “Both Vermont and California have thriving locavore cultures, where the seasons are celebrated and people prefer to buy food grown and produced locally through CSAs, farmers markets and specialty markets. Here in Vermont, we don't have the advantage of year-round growing conditions, but that doesn't seem to stop folks. Even with our primarily rural make-up, Vermont leads the country in the locavore movement per capita.”
Jon and Mona are counting on that locavore movement to help their new Vergennes business thrive for years to come. If you'd like to check it out, Provisionary Market is open for shopping Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10-5. If you can't stop in to see, smell and taste the Vermont-made goodies in person, visit Provisionarybox.com They ship items and gift boxes (such as the popular Wicked Sweet Gift Box) across the country.