We sat down with Jessica, owner of The Soup Girl. You can find her yummy soups at both the Downtown & Wooster Square Farmers Markets!
1. How did your business get started?
I’ve always loved to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I really loved making big pots of soup. However, my husband and two boys were very picky eaters so I would give a lot of soup to my friends and neighbors. They would tell me it was so good they would pay me for i! I eventually started selling soup at the Hamden Farmers’ Market to get my name out there. I kept growing slowly and opened a store front four years ago.
2. What’s unique about your food?
All of our soups are original recipes, perfected through trial and error. One of my favorite things to do is take a popular meal and make it into a soup. For example, we make a chicken quesadilla soup that is delicious!
3. Tell us about your shop in Hamden!
Our shop is super cute and bright. We offer four hot soups every day (three on really hot days!). We usually have one vegan, one vegetarian, one chicken and one with seafood or sausage. We also have a refrigerated case with fresh soups for people to take home and heat up on their own or enjoy cold. We also have Elm City Sweets and cupcakes by Erica OBrien Cake Design — all to die for!
4. Tell us about your use of local ingredients and connection to CT farms.
I am lucky to have a relationship with several farms in Hamden and at the Markets. I can hit two farms, Schulz and Hindinger, on my way home from work, which is great. I try to use local produce whenever it’s available and I am excited to bring some of our salads with local produce to the Downtown Farmers’ Market.
5. What is your favorite product at our markets?
I love fresh herbs. They make all the difference in soups and salads, pestos and dressings.
6. What’s one thing you want everyone to know about your business?
We have something for everyone. Vegan, vegetarian, light, hearty, hot, cold. Stop by — we are open until 7pm! We also deliver to homes and offices in the area on Thursdays.
7. What are the best and most challenging things about being in this industry?
The best part is when customers tell us how much they appreciate what we do and how we make their lives easier. We have so many regular customers and I hope they know how much we appreciate them. The hardest part is the never-ending schlep! It’s exhausting — but I can’t imagine doing anything else. See you at the market!