Simple Promise Learning Trail
The Deli Star Simple Promise Learning Trail is an expansion project that exemplifies our commitment to food education and sustainability. The trail offers many different educational stations that give insights into a more sustainable food cycle. Some of the stations include an employee garden, a native plant restoration area, and a shipping container that has been upcycled into a restaurant. Check out all of the stations listed below!
The Employee Garden was originally created as part of Deli Star’s Employee Wellness Program and is now used to provide fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions, peppers, herbs, and other produce for the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Our mission is to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of all Deli Star employees by empowering people to promote and model positive attitudes and behaviors through a lifelong commitment to wellness. The garden not only provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature, friends, and coworkers, but also exemplifies our commitment to a self-contained food system.
The Star Campfire Pit
The Star Campfire Pit and seating area, established in 2017 as part of Deli Star’s Simple Promise Learning Trail, gives employees an area to sit, relax, and enjoy delicious food and the camaraderie of others. The Star Campfire Pit brings us back to our roots and also commemorates members of the Deli Star family who we’ve lost over the years.
Fayetteville Water Tower
The Fayetteville water tower was built in 1997 and holds 125,000 gallons of water. The Kaskaskia River water is treated in Mascoutah by the SLM Water Commission and supplies water to the Fayetteville water tower. This water is useful for Deli Star production, as well as in the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe.
Simple Promise Container Restaurant
It’s initial purpose was to ship food around the world and now is used to house the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Repurposed in 2017, the shipping container serves our employees and guests high protein meats with fresh vegetables and herbs from the Employee Garden. What better way to promote our culture and purpose: “To Discover New and Better Ways to Produce Health, Happiness, and the Joy of Food.”
Native Plant Restoration
Insects account for the vast majority of plant pollination which yields the fruit, nuts, and vegetables that we enjoy. In turn, native plants sustain a largely unseen and underappreciated population of insect pollinators which are critical for maintaining our food security. Restoring native plant communities in the landscape is a necessary part of a happy and healthy future of food. Native grasses, sedges, trees, forbs, etc., can provide excellent pollinator habitat and contribute to biodiversity and sustainability.
Did you know pollinators are more than just honey bees? The honey bee is the most commonly thought of pollinator, but there are a whole host of insects that do the heavy lifting of plant fertilization; including, butterflies, hummingbirds, mosquitos, beetles, wasps, and moths. As insects search blooms for nectar, they pick up pollen and distribute it to neighboring flowers. Thus, fertilizing the plant to produce future generations.
Deli Star Corporate Offices
Built in 2009, Deli Star’s offices house our supply chain, human resources, finance, quality, customer service, and operations employees who live our purpose everyday. The office features a full kitchen with restaurant-style seating that the Simple Promise Learning Trail runs through. This provides a relaxing atmosphere for employees and customers to try products, conduct consumer sensory testing, and learn the science behind fresh and cooked meats.
Deli Star Manufacturing Plant
Purchased in 1989, Deli Star’s 8,000 square foot plant produced 10,000 lbs. of cooked proteins per week. Now in 2017, Deli Star’s 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility can produce up to 720,000 lbs. per week. Led by a very experienced operations team and food scientists, we place food education and sustainability at the forefront of everything we do. We ensure a healthy and nutritious product for our customer, provide a great place to work for our employees, reduce food waste through extended shelf life products and donations, only source meat from providers known for humane treatment of animals, support land preservation and native plant restoration, and invest in our local communities.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kaskaskia River Valley has drawn people throughout history because of its abundant fertile agricultural land and convenient transportation. In a time when roads were very scarce and not maintained, the Kaskaskia River was the best means of transportation and also an avenue for the early fur traders into southwestern and central Illinois. Later, the river was used to ship grain and in the early 19th century, small steamboats were used to take out the soft wheat flour milled in towns along its banks, such as Evansville, New Athens, Fayetteville and Carlyle. This river is the main water source for the Deli Star manufacturing plant and everything along the Simple Promise Learning Trail.