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Local Soup Girl

Jennifer C., Soup Girl, Owner

Caledon, ON

Combining her passions for healthy eating, animal welfare and food sustainability, Soup Girl, Owner Jennifer developed dry soup mixes to create healthy, delicious, vegetarian foods that are suitable for busy lifestyles. Based in Caledon, ON, Soup Girl offers 14 unique and tasty flavours, all filled with simple, wholesome ingredients and featuring Canadian lentils and split peas.

Where did the inspiration for your business stem from?

I have been a vegetarian since the age of 10 and have long enjoyed spending time in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. Several years ago, I decided to make cooking a bigger part of my life and launched a side business doing small catering jobs and making prepared vegetable soups for sale at a local farmers’ market. The soup-making eventually led to the creation of dry soup mixes – the first test batch was the Spicy Coconut Lentil soup in late 2012, which was met with encouraging positive customer reviews. A short time later, I created the Smoky Split Pea, Curried Cashew and Italian Rice & Lentil soup mixes – calling on flavour and ingredient combinations I had tried and enjoyed over the years. I soon realized I was on to something – that these dry soup mixes were not only a solid business idea, but also a great (and shelf-stable!) way for me to share my passion for vegetarian cooking.

I soon realized I was on to something – that these dry soup mixes were not only a solid business idea, but also a great (and shelf-stable!) way for me to share my passion for vegetarian cooking.

Jennifer C., Soup Girl, Owner

Caledon, ON

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

To jump in. Of course, it is good to be prepared, but inevitably there are things you are going to have to figure out along the way – and that is OK! Be ready to be flexible and adaptable and to ride the ups and downs. Remember to keep your ego in check, have fun with it, maintain a sense of humour and most importantly, appreciate your customers.

What was the most memorable gift you ever received?

A hand-knitted item from my little sister. It was her first major knitting project – it turned out to be too large to be a scarf and too small to be a blanket – so we call it the ‘scanket’. It is usually found draped across my bed or around my shoulders in the colder months. I love it. Every time I see it, I am reminded of the time and effort she put into it and feel very grateful.

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