Introducing Burlap & Barrel Spices in our Trail Mixes
People have been asking me about starting a food company since I originally started Happy Healthy Human back in 2014. I was resistant for a long time – I believe in the power of quality, homemade food, and I didn’t want to have to compromise on my values and standards for a high quality product.
Eventually, the internal and external pressure to start a company won. I realized that creating a product didn’t have to compromise my mission of providing personalized nutrition and the best ingredients to my clients and customers. Instead – Happy Healthy Human snacks were born. Each snack is specially designed to help you feel Balance, Calm, Motivation, or Relief. Each one has a completely unique flavor profile and includes different ingredients to impact your body and mind in distinct ways.
Sourcing Ingredients for Happy Healthy Human
Once I started actually building the business and buying 5, 10, 25, or 30 lbs of almonds at a time, I understood the pressure to use cheaper ingredients. Will anyone notice if the almonds aren’t organic? I decided from day one that Yes. They will. And I will. We found amazing suppliers for our ingredients (I’m particularly excited about our organic coconut from Sri Lanka). But it was amazingly hard to find high quality, traceable spices.
Where we found high quality, delicious spices
Luckily, I was introduced to Ethan. Ethan founded Burlap & Barrel, a company that makes spice supply chains transparent, direct, and traceable. He works with the best small farmers from around the world to bring high quality spices to chefs, companies, and consumers here in the US.
The first time I tried Ethan’s spices, I was in awe. His cinnamon verum is deep and rich. The turmeric is grown in Java at high altitudes, making it fresh, lemon-y and all the more potent. Meeting him in person was even better. Ethan visits all of his farmers and is a treasure trove of information about the best growing and harvesting practices for each spice.
Thank you Ethan for making our trail mixes all the more special!