Carmel Berry Company is now 1 year old! We’ve had a busy and successful year full of learning, planting, growing, and giving back. It involved a lot of work in the field and in the kitchen!
Yep, this was a busy, hands-on year — building our knowledge, skills and production levels. Here is a sampling of our accomplishments by our first birthday:
Katie graduated from an Organic Farming Program through Alba Agriculture and Land-based training Association. She learned so much and is incredibly grateful for her excellent mentors and fellow farming students. We grew our own elderberries and flowers, wild-harvested even more, and sourced the rest from a small farm in Missouri (pictured below). Ben built a net system to keep the birds away and a de-stemming apparatus for the elderberries. Katie handed out lots of samples, built partnerships with local farmers to begin growing elderberries, and introduced Carmel Berry Company’s products into restaurants and boutique stores in California. In addition, we shared our love of gardening with our kids and tried to make our business as sustainable as possible. And when the wild fires grew larger in California, we got personally involved — visiting and supporting the firefighters and helping our neighbors. Now through December, Carmel Berry Company is donating a portion of all sales to the Community Foundation’s Soberanes Fire Fund.
Here are 3 memorable experiences from this year:
Meeting and swapping trade tips, inspiration, and recipes with other elderberry lovers and growers, while attending an Elderberry Conference on a small elderberry farm in Missouri (photo below). We even sourced elderberries from this farm for use in our Elderberry Syrup.
Being part of our community — from supporting our fellow local businesses to rallying with our community during the wild fire.
And we are thrilled to share with you that…
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We are so very grateful for your support, your enthusiasm, and your encouragement! We hope to bring you products of the highest quality for many years to come.
To your health and happiness!
Katie and Ben
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