A bit about us

Our Story

Small Batch Kitchen, LLC was founded by Sheila Rhodes in 2014.

After my husband Jason, and I moved to Harleysville in 2009, we jumped into turning our semi-suburban acre into a self-sufficient homestead. After planting a large vegetable garden, I wanted to see if I could "put up" enough food to last the winter.

I canned salsa, tomatoes, pickles, and jams and was happy with the way the majority of the recipes turned out. I was disappointed in the flavor of the jams. They seemed overly sweet - with sugar masking the flavor of the fresh, sweet produce that I used during the height of the summer.

After spending a lot of time trying to find recipes that kept peaches tasting nice and peachy, I started developing my own recipes. Playing with flavors in my low-sugar fruit spreads the way I did in the kitchen every night, I started creating recipes that mixed fruits and herbs, and still tasted fresh months later.

Once our pantry filled up, I started giving spreads to friends and family, who encouraged me to start selling my products at local farmer's markets.

Not even three years later and Small Batch Kitchen has added more markets to our lineup and are selling at gourmet food stores in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. As we grow, we still maintain our commitment to creating flavorful preserves, sourcing local produce, creating low-sugar recipes, never adding artificial ingredients, and producing everything by hand.

I think you'll taste the difference in every jar of Small Batch Kitchen spread or infused sea salt you purchase.

Sheila

Over 1.5 Tons of local produce sourced in 2017

Local farm and brewery partners

We strive to buy non-GMO, organic or sustainably grown produce. We work with many local growers, sourcing our produce as close to our kitchen as possible.

Frecon Farms: Boyertown, PA

Cherries, Peaches, Apples, Pears

Frecon Farms is a family owned orchard in Boyertown, PA. Small Batch Kitchen sources all of our tree fruits (cherries, peaches, apples, pears) from Frecon Farms. Frecon utilitizes IPM growing practices on their orchard.

Living hope farm: Harleysville, PA

Strawberries, Basil

Living Hope Farm is a non-profit, community-oriented agricultural farm located in Harleysville, PA. Small Batch Kitchen sources all of our strawberries and some of our herbs (especially basil) from Living Hope Farm. LHF is a Certified Naturally Grown farm and also operates a CSA.

Lancaster farm fresh cooperative: Lancaster, PA

Hot Peppers, Garlic, Herbs

Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is a non-profit organic farmer’s cooperative of over 100 family farmers headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Small Batch Kitchen sources most of our herbs, peppers, and garlic from the Cooperative. LFFC works with local and organic farmers.

Round guys brewing company: Lansdale, PA

Beer: IPA and Seasonal Flavors

Round Guys Brewing Company specializes in brewing rich hop flavored IPAs to tasty chocolate malt flavored porters. Small Batch Kitchen sources all our IPA Beer from Round Guys, and works with them to provide seasonal flavored beer spreads throughout the year.

Membership

We are proud members of the following organizations. Each one helps us in our goal to produce good food, starting with local and sustainably grown produce, and supporting our local community.

Proudly Made in PA

We are proud to be PA Preferred. We make all of our products in Harleysville, PA and much of our produce is sourced from Pennsylvania growers. Made in PA. It makes a difference.

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

PASA is "a diverse network of growers, businesses, and consumers that facilitate and enable viable farming systems to provide healthy food as locally as possible..."

Dedicated to Good Food

The Good Food Merchants Guild is made up of members who are dedicated to creating wholesome, natural foods using local, sustainably grown ingredients.

Word Around Town

press & awards

Good food award Finalist

2016

Good Food Award Finalist: Preserves Category Curried Yellow Tomato Spread

Full Belly Laughs podcast

April 5, 2016

Blueberry Basil Spread served with porkchops. Some excerpts: "Fantastic to cook with" "Bangin'" "Really tied the meal together"

Full Belly Laughs Podcast

April 12, 2016

Apple Pie Spread and Hot Pepper Spread served on a cheese plate. Check out the podcast and get the recipe.