Little Lost Kitchen

About us:

My name is Jessie Conlin and I am the owner and founder of Little Lost Kitchen. My friends and family have helped me launch this small specialty food shop and have been fully supportive, for which I am extremely grateful. I refer to my husband as my silent partner and favorite co-worker since he helps me make this company a reality. I am truly thankful for his never wavering support and love.

Recently, a friend asked me – “Why Pies?”

When I told her the reason, they encouraged me to share my story with you. The truth is, a couple of years ago I was struggling on a personal level, with the root of my troubles in infertility. This led me to a path of personal growth and development. I decided to focus my energy on things I could control to make me happy and make a better life for myself. I had created a list of things I love/enjoy and things I was good at. A few items on those lists overlapped: (1) baking pies (2) making fresh pasta (3) going to the Farmers Market. And from there, the idea formed that I needed to join the vendors at the market.

While walking through my property one evening which is connected to the local conservation area, Little Lost Creek, the name Little Lost Kitchen popped into my head and hasn’t left. This name is fitting on so many levels. I felt a little lost in all places but my kitchen. So, here I am making fresh pies and pasta for my community. I learned how to make pies from my mother growing up, perfecting the recipes from scratch. We made pies for every holiday, including my birthday.

As we ready for our fourth season launch for summer 2023, I am happy to share that we are celebrating my daughter’s fourth birthday and my gift to her one day will be the company and brand of Little Lost Kitchen.

This year I am excited for the new opportunities this business has. I have been able to set up shop in a licensed commercial space giving me additional flexibility to produce and sell. I am connecting with other like minded locals who are excited to work with me and introduce my pasta to more and more customers. Launching the wholesale side of the business will be a great adventure. I am also leaning into the education side of things and working with individuals more one on one, by offering classes and demonstrations. I look forward to this year and all the potential that lies before me.

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Ownership Info

Step into your Community Food System. As an Owner, you have an opportunity to shape the expression of the New Melle Food Co-op.

Some of the Owner Benefits include:
• Storewide discounts
• Free tickets to educations classes
• A seat at decision making meetings
• Annual Distributions of Financial excess
• Access to the Community Tool Trade

As a cooperative, if the Association flourishes and there is financial excess, then distributions of said excess are granted to all Owners through Certificates Units of Interest. When an Owner signs up with our system, they are immediately emailed a personalized copy of the CUI. This CUI entitles them to a “share” of the Association distributions when excess is present. Excess is defined through the budget prepared and approved by the Board of Directors.

Distributions are granted annually at the end of the operating year based on CUI’s. Each distribution per CUI will be identical, and no owner shall hold greater interest in the Association overanother. Owner’s may revoke their Distribution in which case the apportioned amount will remain with the Association.

All Owners are invited to our Monthly Equity Member Meetings. At Equity Member Meeting (Decision Making Meetings), the Board of Directors shares a progress update with all owners and presents any items that need to be voted on by the Owner body. The collective majority opinion of the sum of all Owners present will constitute one board vote.

Our Association operates Sociocratically. This means that regardless of the organizational structure we prioritize the sincere feelings of everyone and do our very best to listen and honor their questions, concerns, comments, or ideas.

Owner’s receive discounts on Co-op select items. The Discounts may range from 5-10%.

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3560 Mill St. New Melle MO 63365