Connecting the community is one of our favourite parts of what we do at Pomme, so we’re very excited to introduce you to some of the truly fabulous local humans who make many of the incredible products we’re so proud to have on our shelves! Time is a precious resource for these busy bees—for everyone, these days!—so we keep things short and sweet with ‘Mini Interviews’ that give you a small but meaningful peek into their lives and minds. We’re sure you’ll enjoy getting to know these folks as much as we have!
This month our Meet The Maker Interview is with Lovena Harvey, the CEO of Gathering Place Trading, an incredible direct fair trade, BC-based, family run importer who sources products grown with sustainable earth-friendly practices. Lovena works primarily from home on Cortes Island, where her home office overlooks the garden. Their warehouse and packaging facilities are located in downtown Campbell River on Vancouver Island, and they have an incredible team of intentional staff who hand package each and every product they produce.
We might be in the middle of the most epic soup season BC has ever seen! One of the best ways to counter endless rainy grey days is a beautiful warm bowl of soup full of premium, locally sourced ingredients—and kitskitchen offers us lucky west-coasters exactly that. Their fabulous soups are also wheat free, dairy free, and additive/preservative-free! Co-founder and CEO Joni Lind has answered our Meet The Maker Mini Interview questions this month, so you can get to know the lovely local humans behind that delicious bowl keeping your spirits lifted and your body nourished.
There is definitely something kind of magical about chocolate making, especially at this time of year. And especially when you know it’s being created with true passion and truly high ethical standards. Helen and Glen moved into BC’s Rocky Mountains to follow not only a dream but a sense of responsibility. With Wild Mountain Chocolate, they create chocolate bars that inspire people with both their amazing flavour and their positive social impact. Helen has answered our Mini Interview questions so you can learn more about the Wild Mountain Chocolate project!
We’re very fond of saying “Good Food Changes Everything”, but we also very strongly believe that what you put on your skin is as important as what you put in your stomach! That’s why we love Ativo, a super local, PoCo-based, family run business who created the cleanest, highest quality skincare with your health and wellness always front of mind.
As we’re squeezing the most out of the final few weeks of another glorious West Coast summer, we’re excited to talk to Paul Underhill, creator and founder of Rumble Supershakes—the ideal fuel for a busy, active, and/or outdoor life. Rumble shakes are a simple and delicious solution for supporting good health and nutrition across the whole population, and we’re happy to be able to share Paul’s amazing personal story with you.
Barbeque season is here! There have never been so many awesome, planted-based options for the grill, and The Very Good Butchers make some of the absolute best! True to their company name, founders James and Tania approach the business with the same ethos as running a local village shop—read on to learn a little about their journey to becoming master Bean Butchers.
Shani Cranston, founder of Cowichan Valley based hOMe Grown Living Foods, has answered our Mini Interview questions this month, sharing a little about how she and her partner Willy McBride came to be living their West Coast, gardening, surfing, raw, sprouted dream life. It’s an inspiring read and you can pretty much taste the positive energy in their food!
Hoochy ‘Booch holds a special place in our hearts because we really feel like we’ve really grown with them over the past 3 years! When we brought them in to provide our on tap ‘booch, they were a brand new company based right in the heart of Vancouver. It’s been fabulous to watch them blossom into such a popular, beloved BC brand and we’re thrilled to be able to help you get to know founders Kristin and Liam a little bit better.
The awesomely named Two Drunk Witches are Brenda and Megan, two lovely very ladies who met in a Vancouver Island herbal apprenticeship program in 2015, and went on to create the natural, botanical skin care company of their (and our!) dreams. We're so pleased they were able to answer our Meet the Maker questions, and we know you'll enjoy the read!
Julie Beyer of GLOW Chocolate creates delicious and incredibly beautiful organic, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, whole-food chocolates and truffles right here in Vancouver. Lucky us! We’re also very lucky to have her answer our Meet the Maker Mini Interview questions this month. It’s always so lovely to learn a little more about the wonderful humans we work with.
Oguz and Erin, the folks behind Temple Soda, are Vancouver-based inventors, makers, and purveyors of a new line of fabulous, fermented botanical sodas! Oguz found a precious few moments in the hectic small-biz schedule to share a little more about himself, and the Temple Soda Story.
Jeff Severs is the CEO and creator of KetoSips, a brand of premium, nutrient dense, all natural blended vegetable soups that are low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. His delicious recipes are formulated to be a convenient, tasty, and (most importantly) healthy way to help achieve nutritional ketosis.
Poco local Kaleena Morrison is the sister half of the brother and sister duo who founded the gorgeous vegan hair and skincare line, UNITED & FREE. This clean, green line is super popular with our customers and our staff, and we’re so happy that she found the time to answer our Mini Interview questions!
The fabulous Turmeric Elixirs made by Salt Spring Island's own Moonshine Mamas have officially reached cult status on the West Coast. And it's been so exciting to watch the rest of Canada fall in love with them too! We thought it would be fantastic to help you get to know a little bit more about them so we’re thrilled to share this mini interview with founder Mel. Our favourite quote: "We do all our best dancing in the kitchen.."