As with any year, 2015 was bitter-sweet. We saw an increase in sales in our established markets of 11% over 2014, and the addition of a third market, including a new look that both we and customers love. With this increase in sales and new addition came an array of new customers! We added many new products, as well as discontinuing a variety of products that were slow movers. Some of the new additions included new teas from a new supplier, honey sticks in two markets, additional essential oils, our house blended nasal inhalers, and several new additions to our house blended medicine cabinet tea blends.
We had an employee change in our Central Market location, while sadly losing Jeff to new interest of his own, we gained Patti. Patti has an interest in learning the values and uses of our over 200 product offerings. She has many years of market and retail experience and truly enjoys her role servicing your needs and interest.
We have already started the ball rolling with new growth, new structures, and new adventures for 2016. We are establishing a LLC to better protect family assets as the business grows and expands in new directions. We will be trade marking a new name for private labeling of some of our products. Once the above are in place we will begin a marketing campaign focused on internet sales. Also, we are currently working on adding a state approved packaging facility outside of markets to better supply all markets and internet sale.
I give thanks and credit to my husband who works hard behind the scenes to keep our computer systems and internet presents possible, and for his role in the establishment of the new market and the new packaging facility. I also thank my granddaughter and niece for their help at market and keeping products supplied for market sales. While it is my face you see at market, my presents there would not be possible without the help and support of these people and you.
Both Patti and I (Pam), enjoy the many conversations we have with each of you at market. We thank you for your support and kindness, and wish each of you peace, love, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year. See you at market.
Customers often get that starry-eyed look of confusion and panic when I talk to them about tinctures. Making tinctures is so easy and almost any spice or herb can be made into a tincture. If you ever made vanilla extract with alcohol you made a tincture.
The three most notable benefits of alcohol based tinctures are:
Alcohol is able to pull properties from the herb that water and vinegar can not pull.
Alcohol based tinctures store in your cub board for up to 2 years. Unlike syrups that need refrigeration and generally store for approximately 2 months.
You only need to take a small amount, generally 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily or as needed.
Dried herbs and root are a good choice, because they are fully or partially dehydrated they easily absorb the alcohol. I generally use a mason jar or the original alcohol bottle.
I said it is simple and truly it is:
Add herbs, roots, etc., cover completely with vodka (rum or gin), label, date and set in your cup board, wait two months, strain off liquid, discard pulp, re-bottle liquid , label, date and store.
Currently, I am making a tincture from our elderberry syrup mix, a blend of, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
Everyone is talking about COLD, SNOW, & BLOWING WINDS. Facebook post are flooded with complaints and everyone I talk to has something to say on the subject. Even those who are winter lovers have had their fill of bitter cold. With spring still weeks away and the winds of March soon upon us, the need to warm up is still a topic of desire.
These spices and herbs can increase circulation and warm the body: ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, wasabi, and curry spice blends. Not only for cooking, many of them can be steeped for tea.
An old tradition is to put black pepper or cayenne pepper in your socks. However, beware, some say the cayenne heated up over time and produced skin burns. A better choice, essential oils diluted and used in massage also warm the body. We carry a large selection of warming essential oils.
Stay warm and see you at market.
Are you tired of that same boring bath? Enhance your bath experience with one of our bath salts. We carry four different combinations packed with all natural ingredients to revive your mind, body and skin.
“Skin Detoxifying” bath soak also soothes muscle aches and pains. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Kelp Powder, Lavender Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
“Mind Calming” bath soak relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, F&DC Red 33 Lake
“Decongesting” bath soak helps with congestion, runny nose and achy muscles while providing your immune system a boost. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Vitamin C, Lemon Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rose Hips Powder, Hibiscus Petal Powder, Echinacea Root Powder, Ginseng Root Powder
Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers are a recent fad. Customers often ask me about making tea in their machine. I do not support their use in tea making. Teas require steeping. The chart below is a water temperature and time guide for tea steeping. This chart addresses true teas: white, green, oolong, etc., it does not include herbal teas. For herbal teas, light leafy herbs require more tea and less steep time, roots and seeds require less herb and more steep time. The chart also tells how many times you can infuse (reuse) the same tea. Note that when brewing a caffeinated tea you will get most of the caffeine from your tea in the first cup (up to 80%); each time you re-steep, you will have less and less caffeine.
This chart came from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia; it is a great reference tool. This link will take you to their post on tea.
From there you can email me. You can also view and print the complete shopping list. The shopping list is a list of all the products you will find at market. I plan to add a shopping cart that will allow you to order on-line. The shopping cart will give you the option to have your order shipped or to pick up at market. The shopping cart is still a month or so away. I will make another post when the shopping cart is ready for your use. In addition, you can access my facebook page and my pinterest from my website. You can also access my facebook page from the link above.
Thank you for your support and for your purchases. I hope to see you at market.