We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Baudhuin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Crummies came about out of necessity really. Back in the summer of 2017, I went plant based and my husband did not. He was responsible for most of the cooking in our home at that point and we embraced the changes and challenges with grace. We found that amongst the many struggles of a “multivore” household, Taco Tuesday was becoming the hardest day of the week to cook for. Meatless Crumble products that were available at the stores were very chemically focused and not at all what I was comfortable switching over to. Why would I trade 1 ingredient, meat, for 20 in some cases. We got to work with R&D and in 2019 launched Crummies Meatless Crumble. a plant-based meat alternative product that behaves like ground meat in any recipe, but all our 7 simple ingredients come from the land and not the lab.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Crummies had its first sale at the Greeley Farmers Market in May 2019. Since then we have branched out into Grocery and online sales as well as other area farmers markets. It was not always easy. Although I knew we had something special with our product, there was no red carpet laid out for me. My husband and I bootstrapped the expenses for licensing and manufacturing and hit the ground running. The momentum doesn’t stop, as an entrepreneur, it cant stop. Even if I have an off or down day, there is so much work and innovation happening all the time. I left my full time job in February of 2020, yes, right before the pandemic hit. Still one of the best decisions I have made and I dont regret at all. It allowed me to face the challenges with my full attention and action. I want everyone to know that Crummies is here for the Vegans and Vegetarians but also “Reducitarians”. Those who find plant based eating perhaps out of reach, or gross in some cases. Keep and open mind and give this way of eating a try. It may surprise you. I know I still em.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in Colorado gives us a bit of an advantage on this question wouldnt you say:) Depending on the time of year… The itinerary would definitely include a concert at Red Rocks, a day trip to Estes Park, hitting at least 2 Frisbee golf courses, overnights in Gateway and Kremmling Colorado, and spending the rest of the time on our patio with the fire pit and grill going. Our dogs getting in the way of our Corn hole game and laughing. Maybe a little Jim Croce or Bluegrass playing in the background. I have lived in Co most of my life and love that I still find wonder in every new place I visit. I have spent a lot of time on the Western Slope and find it to be some of the most beautiful landscapes our fair State has to offer. So many hidden gems that provide lifelong memories. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A huge, 100% shout out to EforAll. I was fortunate enough to get invovled in EforAll’s Winter 2020 Entrepreneurship Accelerator program in Longmont Colorado. When I fist branched out in selling my product I didnt even consider myself an entreprenuer. I knew I was making a product and producing it myself but wasnt sure if this was a side hustle or a business. I was still working full time for CSU at this point and was wondering how it would all turn out. Luckily for me, I met Harris Rollinger at a Farmers Market I was working in Longmont. He gave me the run down of the program and encouraged me to apply. I waited until the last minutes to press the submit button. I was accepted and began my entrepreneurship journey. The program was provided at no cost yet was so valuable and instrumental to my personal and professional growth. The program provided mentors, resources and a cohort of other entrepreneurs that I could lean on, and still do. Another shoutout to Sandy Beardsley from Cowgirl Catering. I had known Sandy for some time before I started this business. She has been such a immense source of support and knowledge, I dont know where I would be without her. Coming from a Graphic Design background, needless to say, the learning curve to produce food was quite an experience. She has allowed me to rent space in her Commercial Kitchen and provided me with wisdom from so much of her own experiences in the food industry, truly a great friend and mentor. And Another to my Husband and Family. For unyielding support and love. I know how lucky Iam and couldnt thank you all enough