It’s not every day you can celebrate intensively working on something you created two years ago. For me, this Earth day is just that! This business, which came from casually feeding myself and my friends the best almond butter I could create, is now how I spend most of my time and make my living.
A few reflections: what a trip to go from producing a product in my vegetarian cooperative household in Davis to professionally producing for over 50 stores in Northern California! From the VitaMix in our home kitchen to three 100-lb capacity stone grinders churning out as much product as they can in our commercial kitchen in Berkeley. From Cottage Food certification to USDA Certified Organic and HAACP plans. Quite the learning curve to go from making and selling a product out of my home to actually running a regional food business!
Through all the ups and downs, this company has truly been a Philosopher’s Stone for me. I highly encourage you to follow the visions you have that resonate most strongly throughout all facets of your being. The “download” I received to start this company was one of the strongest callings I’ve ever received, and following the operating instructions from that day forward has initiated unprecedented life evolution towards my vision for myself and the world. I am closer now than I have ever been to living Thoreau’s imperative: Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams; live the life you’ve imagined.
On Earth Day 2013, just five days after realizing that it was my life’s work at this time to start a sprouted almond butter company, I wrote an email to every list serv I was a part of in Davis. Therein, I announced to my local community that I was going to start selling sprouted almond butter, got a bunch of orders, and neither my production nor orders have stopped since! I’ll share it for entertainment and nostalgic value: [Read more…]