Field Trip Jerky

Tom Donigan, Joe Schedeler, and Matt Levey, Best Friends and Co-Founders of Field Trip Jerky.

Tom Donigan, Joe Schedeler, and Matt Levey, Best Friends and Co-Founders of Field Trip Jerky.

Pre 2005 Scott, Tom, and Matt would purchase typical gas station brand beef jerky for a nutrient rich snack full of protein. They never found themselves completely satisfied with these snacks as they were full of preservatives and did not ever taste, look, or feel like natural beef or other meat. Tom was especially annoyed when he started a diet program that suggested and encouraged a beef jerky snack however the only options were highly processed, artificial products. In December of 2005 on a ski trip to Vermont the guys found some homemade beef jerky at a small local store. They shared this beef Jerky while on the ski lift and they were overwhelmed at how delicious, juicy, and tender real beef jerky was. From there on out their gas station jerky days were over.

In November of 2009 Tom was training for the New York City Marathon and the Bear Mountain Endurance challenge. He started vigorously exploring protein rich snack foods to eat during and after his long training runs. In August of 2010 Scott, Matt, and Tom had a meeting to discuss some business ideas they had. Each one of them had beef jerky on their lists of ideas. A playful conversation about how much they like beef jerky and the great local, hand made beef jerky they had year before, led to the creation of Field Trip. This company was built by three best friends who love food and authentic, local, handmade beef jerky. In September of 2010 the team bought a dehydrator and created their first batch of All Natural Beef Jerky. Scott, Matt, and Tom worked endlessly trying to mix and match flavors to create their signature recipes. From September of 2010 to February of 2011 Field Trip works on creating their Original No.3, Honey Spice No.11, and Teriyaki No.23. These flavors contain no nitrates, no high fructose corn syrup, and no artificial ingredients.

In July of 2011 Field Trip sold its first 6 bags of Jerky at the 14th street Westside Market in New York City, right down the street from Matt’s apartment. Over the next several weeks Scott, Matt, and Tom rode their bikes and travelled all over New York City going into grocery stores, markets, and bodegas to sign up accounts and sell their product. Field Trip Jerky started gaining a following around New York City with appearances at the New York Specialty Fancy Foods Show. In January of 2012 Field Trip finally got an order from Weggmans, which is taking them beyond New York City to Upstate New York.