I was brought up in a family where, if you saw one door was closing for you, you didn't turn your back on it and put your hand out, you looked for a new door!
I have made maple and hickory syrup for my own family for many years. I learned to make it by observing others, doing some reading on the subject and experimenting with small batches till I got the results I wanted. I have been selling replacement windows and doors for several years and I'm proud of the work I do and the product I sell. I am committed to American and local made products of good quality and Enk's Window's and Doors fulfills that criteria, but as is true for many businesses in today's economy, I just wasn't making enough money to meet the needs of my family.
Last winter, as I was talking about tapping my maple trees on Facebook, and making hickory syrup, I started to see that some of my friends had an interest in buying my syrup! I tapped about twice as many trees as I normally would have and set up a second cooker and I found that I could sell it almost as fast as I could make it! Before I knew it, I was having to run another batch of hickory and I've already sold all the maple I had for this year.
I had people contacting me on Facebook and I was selling syrup out of my store in Morgantown. I began to think of ways that I could reach more people. I decided to try setting up a booth at Jeffersonville at the Steam Boat Festival in the spring and I had also added some new flavors. Sassafras and Rhubarb were selling very well! I have added Strawberry, Cherry and Blueberry and I've also made some Peach and Blackberry.
I continue to have new ideas for flavors--some of my own and some from the people who buy from me. I just had a man give me some culinary lavender last week and I'm anxious to try it to see what it's going to be like! I'm always willing to try something new but I am committed to keeping my products all natural with no additives or preservatives and I want to bring to my customers an excellent product at a fair price!
My wife and I have been setting up booths at some local Farmer's Markets and festivals and we're planning on doing a lot more but selling my wares at the Morgantown Farmer's Market has been particularly satisfying. I enjoy seeing my friends and neighbors dropping by to sample and buy my syrup but I'm proud of the fact that I've been able to give them the opportunity to buy something that was locally made because that's what it's going to take to bring our community back!
In the fall I plan to make some gift sets and baskets and I hope that my friends and neighbors will consider giving them as gifts! Hoosier Sugar Daddy's products are never the wrong size or color and always delicious!!