Made By Mothers

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We realized that a lot of the products we proudly showcase at Larder are made by women. Strong, independent, and creative women who often cite both their children and their own mothers as the inspiration and drive behind their businesses. Working mothers are near and dear to the BKLYN Larder team- our store is owned and run by a strong mother (you might've seen Mandy, and on occasion, her son Gavin, behind the cheese counter), and our staff is largely comprised of women- including a few mothers. We thought these amazing moms deserved to be celebrated on Mother's Day, so we put together this "Made by Mothers" gift box- thinking of nurturing, hard working mothers everywhere. This gift box is the perfect way to send a little love to your own mom, including her in this great list of amazing women. 

Your box contains:

-1 Annie's Ginger Elixir shot: A powerfully ginger-y elixir to heal your throat ailments. Drink it straight, add to tea, or even make a craft cocktail. Made in Brooklyn by Annie, whose son, Max, works at BKLYN Larder!  

-2 Anya's Licorice sticks: Licorice done right- with full flavor, but without the coloring and preservatives. Made with real fruit, no corn syrup, and completely fat free. Handmade in small batches by Anya in Brooklyn.  

-1 box of Big Picture Caramels: Goat's milk caramels made by Big Picture Farm- a small hillside goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery located in southern Vermont. The milk used to make their caramels are from their own small herd of 40 goats. 

-1 box of Effie's Cocoacakes: Crisp, buttery cookies lightly malted and layered with toasted coconut.  Deep, dark and oh-so delicious, try them with a triple crème cheese, a glass of cold milk, or crumble a few on top of your favorite ice cream. Made by Effie's in Massachusetts. 

-1 bag of Laurie & Sons toffee: 38% cacao Milk Chocolate Toffees with Maine Sea Salt will have you "oooing" when you bite into the creamy, extra rich chocolate-covered crunch.  Each piece is finished with tiny crystals of sea salt from the coast of Maine for extra crunch! Handmade by Laurie (and her sons!) in East Harlem. 

-1 box of Potter's Crackers: Sustainably produced high quality, organic crackers made by Peter Potter Webber and his mother Nancy Potter. Produced with locally sourced whole-wheat flour and local milk and butter in Madison Wisconsin.

-1 canister of Sam's Granola: Granola made with only the best ingredients. Sam uses organic grains, seeds, nuts, fruit, and maple - and shakes up that tired oat-n-honey formula by using other high-fiber grains like barley, spelt, and rye. Made by Sam Henderson in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

-1 bottle of Sohha Za'atar: Lebanese Za'atar Sumac in oil, handcrafted by Angela Fout in NY. 

-1 box of Jan's Farmhouse Cranberry Pistachio Crisps: Thin crisps with hints of rosemary, cranberry, and roasted pistachio. Perfect paired with your favorite cheese or even crumbled on top of a salad! Made by Jan Gorham in Stowe, Vermont. 

 

We reached out to the makers individually, asking them to write us a little blurb on being a mother or being a child of a strong mother and how it influences the way you they make their products. Here's what they had to say. 

Annie’s Ginger Elixir: I have been making Annie’s Ginger Elixir for the last 23+ years to help with sinus and upper respirator infections. Ever since then I have always had a pot of elixir brewing on my stove top. I would drink a cup religiously every day. When my kids or friends got sick I would bring them a batch. Over the years my kids would hear me say “one day I am going to bottle this stuff, sell it and share it with everyone”. As a mother I am proud to have my kids witness me launching a business that I truly believe in after hearing me talk about it for years and years. I hope that I have inspired them to live, chase and make their own dreams a reality!

Big Picture Farm CaramelsI have a fiercely independent and passionate 2 year old daughter. She was a little miracle baby, so by the time she came around we were very ready for her! While running a business and balancing being a mother is never easy we feel incredibly blessed to have the backdrop of the farm for her to grow up on. She has an intimate knowledge of where her food comes from and the hard work it takes. She fights me in the evening because she 'wants to keep gardening'. In addition, a dairy farm is a unique spot for mothers as all of our goat ladies are also mothers, and we treat this as the gift that it is and make sure all the ladies are not separated from their kids. One of my favorite parts of our herd is seeing many generations of ladies, grandmothers, daughters, mothers, great granddaughters sleeping in piles together. These are bonds that last throughout their entire life - even in the goat kingdom!

Effie’s: Effie MacLellan, Joan's mother and inspiration for Effie's Homemade, grew up on a small farm in a village called Margaree on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Effie's stories of this rural and rugged community evoke images of simple, honest times when farming was a way of life and Scotch Gaelic was spoken at home. It was here that Effie learned to bake oatcakes from her mother in a wood-fired, cast iron oven following a family tradition passed on from mothers to daughters for generations.  Oatcakes were a staple in farmhouse pantries, always on hand should neighbor, friend or family drop by for a visit. After marrying and settling in Boston, Effie continued the tradition and made oatcakes for her growing family. Word spread quickly in the Dorchester neighborhood whenever "Mrs. MacIsaac" baked.  The neighborhood kids knew well that her children would soon join them with stacks of delicious oatcakes carefully wrapped in napkins and ready to share. Today Effie enjoys oatcakes with a cup of tea in the afternoon, happy knowing that the tradition continues.

Potter’s Crackers: Nancy started Potter's Crackers with her son Peter and being a mother/son team has been an amazing experience.  Having Potter's Crackers has brought them even closer over the years and has helped Peter work himself through three degrees for Food Science, Business, and Law.  Watching her son grow personally and professionally has been worth the journey. On top of having the business with Peter, she has a daughter Greta and two granddaughters Olive and Penny.  Greta has started her own business doing custom sprinkles for baking. They also owned the New Glarus Bakery for close to 25 years so bakery and food seem to run in their blood. Nancy enjoys being a grandma very much.  She frequently spends time with her grand kids, attending their plays, going to camp and helping them sell girl scout cookies. Having kids and grand kids drives Nancy to produce wholesome and certified organic products only.  This is not only for the personal health of the next generation, but also for the health of the land that we are responsible for leaving in better shape for the generations to follow.

Sam’s Granola: My grandmother used to make these extremely delicious, nourishing oatmeal drop cookies. I loved getting down to the bottom of the jar and eating the broken pieces. Our granolas are an homage to her, and those cookies.

Sohha: Angela Mualem Fout is the Founder and COO of Sohha Savory. As a child growing up in Lebanon, Angela learned from her mom to cook wholesome food, using fresh fruits and vegetables from their land. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Angela was an Adjunct Professor in NYC. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She told us, "Being a mother has taught me how important it is to instill what real clean healthy food is to my daughter Savana. I constantly teach and remind her about building good eating habits that will have a long-term positive influence on her well being- mentally, emotionally, and physically."

 

 

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