I love Thanksgiving. I love having my family over to celebrate, enjoying a meal grown by local farmers or homegrown in our garden. I also appreciate taking a moment to reflect on all of the things I am thankful for in my life.
This year, I wanted to share a few of the things I am most thankful for.
I'm thankful for all of you - Small Batch Kitchen fans and customers, who have helped me grow this little company into something that I'm amazingly proud of. You have supported me as I've grown, and have helped me turn this company into something I never expected when I set up at my first farmer's market in 2014. This business has been a dream of mine, and I look forward to the changes that are going to come in the new year.
I'm thankful for my amazing team. Richelle is my right hand production all star and is very quickly taking over the kitchen, Rachel has has an eye for displays and a knack for customer service and sales, Scott who was a great market team member and will soon be off to join the Air Force, Jill who filled in at markets through the season and in an emergency, and Kristen, our newest team member, who has been churning out gift baskets with zeal. I would be lost without them all, and count myself lucky to have a group of people working with me who believe in Small Batch Kitchen as much as I do!
I'm thankful for our local farm and orchard partners, who grow the most delicious produce - the foundation of every single Small Batch Kitchen product. We are able to create such flavorful products because we are starting with the best.
I'm thankful for my family. My parent's were farmers, growers, and business owners when I was young, and I jumped into Small Batch Kitchen fully aware of the hard work that goes into making a business work. My brother who has never been afraid to follow his heart, and my wonderful extended in-law family, my nephews and niece, who make me laugh and support and encourage me to keep going. I can't forget my little dog, either, who is always down for a snuggle when I'm catching up on bookkeeping or marketing.
Last, and most definitely not least, I am thankful for my husband, Jason. He has been with me since before day one, and often is a little skeptical about my wild and crazy ideas. He's always supportive, though, and I could not do this without him. I'm lucky to have such a supportive partner.