Three Farmers harvests deal from CBC's Dragons' Den
Culinary oil makers expand line and land new royalty deal
The first time the Vandenhurk sisters earned a deal on CBC Television's Dragons' Den with their Three Farmers culinary oil, things just didn't work out. So when the show offered a second chance, they jumped at it.
"It kind of seemed like they were fighting over us a little bit," Elysia Vandenhurk, Three Farmers' chief operating officer and part owner told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.
"So it turned out really well."
After their latest appearance, the Vandenhurks accepted a royalty deal involving three of the Dragons.
Their company, Three Farmers, has been selling cooking oil made with camelina, an ancient grain. In trying to describe the product some have said it tastes like Saskatchewan. Vandenhurk has a slightly more accurate description of the flavour.
"To me personally, I get almost like a snow pea or asparagus sort of flavour."
Three Farmers now offering snack food
The Saskatoon-based company is now doing much more than producing oil.
Vandenhurk said that what they're trying to "foster a relationship again with farmers and consumers."
Everyone involved with Three Farmers is anxious to work with the Dragons, to see if they can build on their success and bring their products to a wider market.
Still, Vandenhurk said, they all recognize there are many challenges ahead.
"Every day is unknown, every day is ever changing."