Vendor Highlight – Red Root & Co
Spring Bada Bing is less than two weeks away! We will be highlighting two vendors a day until the big day so you have the chance to get to know some of the awesome makers who will be with us at the show.
Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada BingÂ – atÂ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
April 29thÂ 10am-5pm
Meet CoreyÂ fromÂ Red Root & Co
How did you get started making your products?
I’ve been supplying family and friends with my creations for many years, and I decided I wanted to be able to share with a wider audience. I slowly tried to figure out if I could make that transition, and here I am!
How long have you been making your products?
Many years but with Red Root & Co, it has been a little over a year.
Do you have any new products debuting this Spring?
Our Shrubs and House Bitters are coming with lovely new labels. I’m super excited!
Tell us about your process.
Our herbal preparations focus on infusions that are steeped using vinegar, honey, alcohol, glycerin and/or water extractions. These processes highlight unique flavors, qualities and nutrients, bringing the garden and forest to your feast. Our preparations are made using ingredients that are organic, locally cultivated, wildcrafted and/or fair trade.
Do you have any long term goals for your business?
As an herbalist and lover of good food and drink, my dream for Red Root & Co is to deepen the connection and appreciation people have with plants through our well-crafted and unique products.
Of all of your products what is your favorite and why?
Oh that’s tough. It’s always changing–season and mood dependent. Currently, I’m enjoying the House Bitters and Spring Oxymel.
What is your most popular product? Why do you think it’s so popular?
The Oxymels! They are so versatile. They can be taken as a daily health tonic and used to help ward of whatever sickness might be headed your way. AND, they easily accompany most any type of salad dish. Excellent with poultry, seafood, vegetables…awesome on french fries. I could go on….
What drives you to continue making? Who/what is your inspiration?
I just love it. I love being outside harvesting plants. Talking with farmers and herbalist friends, hanging out in the woods looking for plants and then, it’s awesome to come back to the kitchen and transform the raw ingredients into a nutritious, delicious concoctions. That is the intrinsic drive and as we grow as a company, I look forward to being able to cultivate more and more of our ingredients. My inspirations are the natural world-vegetables, fruits, herbs- and sharing with people!
Which of your products is most time consuming to make and why?
They are all fairly equally involved. We are a slow-batch, handcrafted sort of operation, so all of our products reflect that.