Well, we have arrived. For those of you watching the business growing pains, joys and accomplishments…..we are submitting two products to the CCOF for Organic Certification. (If you are only interested in the new season and products skip to next section).
What does this mean? it means we will get to put the word “ORGANIC” on the front label, use the USDA ORGANIC logo and the CCOF organic logo. This will help market the products as the organic items they are! It has taken quite a bit of effort to create the labels to be submitted for review to meet the certification requirements and we are still waiting. Gratitude goes out to Preserve Farm Kitchens for filing all the paperwork and walking me through the process and to (aka Tania von Allmen, The Symbolist for her graphic’s expertise and patience with little details.
I have paid the shortcut fees to speed up the certification process – we are doing the Napa Home Show April 28-30. I need these products run, labeled and ready to sell by no later than April 27th. The paperwork has been submitted to CCOF, then we wait. Meanwhile I have sent the labels to the printer, with a hope and a prayer they will be approved as is. Once CCOF gives it’s blessing I will give final approval to printer, who will print labels. Then to the production, co-packer, who will make the product and label the jars. whew. Who knew jam could be so darn stressful! As usual jam fans I am in over my head, out on a limb and winging it with a hope and a prayer. Choose your metaphor.
In the meantime, the exciting news is that it is BERRY SEASON! Yes, the local organic Strawberries have started to appear. This means that the two items that are we attempting to certify are the 1st Place Strawberry Mojito and 2nd place Strawberry Rosemary jams. I currently have a limited amount in stock due to making the test batches, so i could send my formula to the co-packer.
In short I now have a limited supply of Strawberry Mojito and Strawberry Rosemary in stock, with a lot more to come.
We are now on the shelves of The Sutter Creek Cheese Shop and Le Moulet Rouge Winery in Sutter Creek. And as always find us in Pioneer at the IGA Payless, in the produce section and on their peanut butter isle.
We are very grateful for your continued interest in our growing business.
Sheryl & Wiley