Three Experiences That Made Our First Year Special

Carmel Berry Company is now 1 year old! We’ve had a busy and successful year, which included a unique blend of milestones, which involved learning, planting, growing, and giving back. It involved a lot of work in the field, at farmer’s markets, and in the kitchen!

The Corner of My Kitchen

Under the Cottage Food Act, I hold a permit to produce all of Carmel Berry Co’s products in my home kitchen.  I love this for many reasons, but one of the most personal reasons is that I get to cook and create next to the wall shown in this photo. Those wooden gadgets...

In the beginning….there were only little sticks!

Two years ago we started our elderberry patch with hardwood cuttings.  In the photo below, you see my littlest helper, pushing these little twigs into the soil.  The next photo shows just how big they’ve grown (that’s my other helper working on the fence).  So much...

Why Elderberries?

Why elderberries?  That is the question that we hear the most when describing what our company produces!  The answer lies in preschool germs.  When our children were toddlers, we seemed to catch every cold that came through.  Sick of being sick and dedicated to...