Yukon Provisions is a new collaborative space for local food entrepreneurs
Yukon Provisions had its official launch on Wednesday, March 31. The business collective is made up of four local food sellers, each bringing wholly different foods to the collaborative space. One is Yukon Chocolate Company, owned by Sydney Oland, the mastermind behind Yukon Provisions.
Oland said she is optimistic and excited about the summer to come and is already looking at expanding Yukon Provisions in the future. “The farmer’s market is always such a great experience,” she said. “Especially with the opportunity to collaborate with the team at the factory. I hope that we can expand our hours and offer more retail options to our customers.”
Oland came up with the idea for Yukon Provisions because she wanted a way for businesses to thrive in the face of unaffordable commercial rental spaces in Whitehorse. Bringing together a team of fellow food-based businesses to share a space seemed like the perfect solution. A year ago at the start of the pandemic shutdowns, she got to work transforming Fred’s Plumbing showroom into a food factory to fit her vision.
Joining Oland in Yukon Provisions are Anne’s Dumplings, Landed Bakehouse and Daddy’s Donuts.
Anne’s Dumplings (picture above) is a new business, recently opened by Chinese-born British Canadian Anne Huang, who set out aiming to bring authentic Chinese dumplings to Yukoners after graduating from Yukonstruct’s Entrepreneur Bootcamp last December. Food-based entrepreneurship is a new field for Huang, but with her background in fashion industry PR and marketing, and her passion for the food she grew up eating, she has the necessary skills to transfer.
“I’m looking forward to scaling up production to provide more dumplings for Yukoners, using local ingredients,” said Huang. “I’m excited to see what the future may hold for everyone at the factory.”
Landed Bakehouse, headed up by baker Michael Roberts, is a bakery specializing in artisanal sourdough loaves Roberts makes with his own freshly-milled flour. He also takes inspiration from his British heritage to create unique Anglo-Yukon treats including Scotch eggs, pasties and sausage rolls, all using fresh local produce.
Rounding out the crew is Daddy’s Donuts, a venture of local musician Alex Johnston, known for his work as part of The Midnight Sons. He’s returned to churning out his yeasted donuts after a brief hiatus, and is ready to unveil even more flavours, such as mocha-stuffed chocolate-glazed donuts, honey twists and banana pudding.
Yukon Provisions is located at 8-151 Industrial Road. It is currently open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., but its team hopes to expand its hours soon. They will also be operating at this summer’s Fireweed Market at Shipyards Park on Thursday evenings. While Yukon Provisions is still in its infancy, its future is looking bright.
“We’ve only just opened our doors to retail one day a week but I’m excited to see what opportunities this brings and what Landed Bakehouse can offer to locals,” said Roberts.
For more information, visit Yukon Provisions’ website at yukonprovisions.ca.