Long before Kate Schade became a business owner and whole foods advocate, she was a self-proclaimed ski bum. Tram Bars, Kate’s preliminary food source for on-the-go fun, were made on off-days in her kitchen. In line at 7:00 a.m., Kate would catch first box at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, ski all day, then grab a quick shower before slinging Italian food in the evenings. All the while, her Tram Bar pocket-fuel satiated any nourishment needs.
The Tram Bar recipe evolved over time (consistent with Kate’s cupboard availabilities) and with each tweaking, the recipe perfected itself. Kate continued her routine; sometimes tossing bars to gawking, hung-over friends in the tramline. Still, she ignored her friends’ suggestions of starting a viable Tram Bar business. “Too much work,” she confessed before dropping into a powder-filled couloir.
After years of poking and prodding by her sometimes-hostile comrades, Kate bit the bullet and became an entrepreneur. While still working her night job and spending summers managing farm workers at Cosmic Apple Gardens, a local CSA farm, she also dedicated her spare time to produce and sell the now famous Tram Bars. Kate’s time on the farm helped her adopt the conscious eating habits that shaped today’s organic bar recipes.
From mountains to farm, the Tram Bar origins reflect the company’s mission of staying true to our roots. We strive to provide great products made with wholesome ingredients from responsible, organic farms. Kate’s bars make your mouth sing. And the complex blend of carbs and protein keep you playing…for hours!
“With the creation of a great, well-loved, successful company, we will be able to back our values of outdoor play and sustainable farming. This may mean rescuing land from development and turning it into an organic farm, or starting a foundation for organic farmers in need. It may mean helping to fund new trail development for all types of user groups, or simply maintaining the trails we have. There are so many possibilities to help foster what we consider the “roots” of Kate’s.”