Check out this month's feature on products from local, small businesses, and the stories behind them.
Beekman 1802 Jams and Drizzle Sauces
From Sharon Springs, NY!
Made on the Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, NY. As seen in the New York Times from the stars of the Cooking Channel's The Fabulous Beekman Boys.
When Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge (physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia) purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in 2007, originally just as a weekend getaway from their hectic NYC lives. The farm became their lifeline after both men lost their jobs within one month of each other during the recession of 2008. Faced with possible foreclosure, the pair made a decision - if they were going to save their farm, they would have to make it profitable.
After taking in a neighboring farmer and his herd of beloved dairy goats, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell began producing soaps and cheese. As other neighbors taught them how to farm, the duo began working with several other local farmers and artisans to market their goods, and now you can find their products at The Healthy Grocer!
Brooklyn Whatever Condiments
From Brooklyn, NY!
Made in Brooklyn, NY by a mother & son duo bring fun, healthy recipes to you!
Not too long ago Rachel, the mom, was unemployed and Abe, the son, couldn't find the right job. The universe spoke quietly at first, then more loudly urging them to become partners and make food that makes people happy.
Rachel and Abe built a business from scratch and focus on their commitment to making delicious, environmentally conscious products.
Le Bon Magot Chutneys
From Lawrenceville, NJ!
From the ritual of sharing meals with friends and family emerges Le Bon Magot™ or "the hidden treasure." Le Bon Magot™ is the culmination of owner, Naomi's family's culinary journey to produce chutneys, inspired by her heritage and experiences in Africa, Middle East and South Asia.
Born in Karachi; raised in Tehran; lived in Hong Kong; educated in Princeton, Boston and London; worked in New York, Paris, then Dubai, then Muscat, then Johannesburg and all points in-between.
"My name is Naomi. For as long as I can remember, food has given me a sense of belonging wherever I was in the world. It was, at once, familiar and new; both, a reminder of my history and a call to adventure. My family traveled on its stomachs and wherever life's journey took us, we embraced local customs, quickly adopting and fusing them to our own culinary traditions. Through these voyages, food bound us and enabled us to communicate with the world - to show both our differences and similarities - to help us assimilate, make friends and settle into the ever-changing landscape."