From Our Kitchen To Yours
Growing up in a large and boisterous Italian family, I learned at an early age how to entertain. When she married John she kept the tradition alive. Holidays, birthdays, weekends, whatever occasion we wanted to makeup, we had a house full of family, friends, and delicious food. For us, a staple was my cranberry chutney. It may sound odd to not only serve it with turkey on Thanksgiving but just wait until you taste it with a little bit of your favorite cheese and a good, crisp cracker. With such a simple and versatile recipe how can you go wrong?
While my kids were growing up what was important to us was good food and simple ingredients. I remember visiting the grocery store checking labels and being appalled at all the extra additives and preservatives. “I was giving them that?!” I would say in disgust to myself.
You see, John and I and owned a successful catering company for many years. Many nights around a table laden with food and friends led to one friend one night giving us this crazy yet logical idea to open our own business sharing our food with others. This business was wonderful but, became all-consuming. John and I found ourselves feeding our children better and healthier but missing out on so many of their milestones. We decided to put catering on the side and focus on the kids. But, John and I never liked sitting still so, I worked on perfecting my family recipes and John planned our next move.
Little did I know that our next move would be literal! We moved to Missouri from New Jersey with not a single family member or friend around, we were out of our element while being so grateful and happy to be in this new and fruitful state.
My husband and I were sitting down for dinner one night when he brought up what he felt like our next adventure and business venture should be,“hogs”. He and I did as much research as we could on the best practices for raising and selling hogs while creating clean, healthy pork products. Two and half years later we found ourselves with some pigs!
We would visit the farmers market twice a week, one in St. Louis and one in Springfield, selling our pork products when I found myself pretty consistently selling locals a jar of my tomato sauce, cranberry chutney, or bbq sauces, letting them in on some fun recipes I knew. These shelf-stable products were a perfect complement to the pork products we were already selling. John and I were shocked to find so many hard-working locals churning over the same weekly recipes and looking for something else that was easy, healthy, and delicious to make for their families.
While attending these Farmers Markets, John and I were able to educate so many of our customers about our products. I quickly found acquaintances becoming repeat customers and then friends. They were so happy that our recipes and products were not only exactly what they were seeking but also good for their bodies to boot!
Local stores began to ask to stock my products but it was always more important for me to have a connection with my customers directly. We decided to hand-select local stores that we wanted to support while still having the capability of having those personal conversations on how to use and consume our products.
Holidays, birthdays, weekends, Thursday nights, and whatever occasion we wanted to make up nowadays are even lusher. Living in Missouri and being so close to the Farmers Markets John and I love to eat fresh locally sourced food and enjoy it with our four happy, healthy grandchildren. Over the years we have introduced so many delicious products to the market and the one we are really proud of is our prize-winning Bloody Mary Mix. John and I love to cook and through this love of cooking, I write recipes and blogs to share with my family.
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