We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Greer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patricia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My daughter and I started Central City Co-op on her front porch. i started creating snacks from excess co-op produce which created an abundance of snacks for friends, family, and myself. Folks can just eat so much, so i packaged the excess and customers loved them. A friend bought a package krackers a friend of hers. Her friend, Charlotte called me and said, “Let’s talk.” We talked, bought a (then) crackhouse in the Montrose, converted it into a commercial kitchen, and here we are.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I used to get in trouble for making food after school before my parents came home from work. I guess my Dad’s love of unusual food combinations rubbed off on me and I have enjoyed making something from leftovers ever since. Hearing people’s stories about food or their health has always touched my heart. A childhood memory of being in the kitchen, what a grandmother taught someone about healing herbs, food combinations that are not the norm, a health challenge that took someone to a plant-based diet…all stories make me smile. The business of Food is NOT easy or glamorous. It is however, satisfying and gratifying and a way to give love from my heart. Perseverance, people, and grit are what keep me going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Laughing….when my friends come to visit, they get to help me in the kitchen.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to all of the amazing people i get to work with now and in the past 20+ years. I have learned so much from each and every one of You