FROM HONEYBEES TO HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
It's a rare, treasured thing when we find ourselves awakening from a dream that quite literally changes the course of our lives. Yet, that's exactly what happened one Spring morning in 2011 when the idea for Bumbleberry Farms came into focus for our founder, Karen Sandusky Mosholder. She’d just completed a beekeeping workshop and had set up a couple of hives in her backyard when she found herself falling in love with the craft and the small but mighty honeybees. "Could I make a living doing this?" she wondered.
Bumbleberry Farms was born of those hives and in Karen’s country kitchen, where she first concocted the company’s award-winning honey cream spreads—inspired by a family recipe—just 18 jars at a time. Over the years, those spreads, and the honey that Karen harvested and sourced, found their way into your hands at hundreds of fairs and festivals around the country. You tried them and brought them to the tables of your family and friends. You gifted them to loved ones each holiday. You shared them at your weddings. You told us they reminded you of your childhood.
MAKING SWEET CONNECTIONS
Food can just that—take us right back to gatherings around the table with loved ones. Each time the kettles are cooking our delectable spreads—we still make them in small batches using whole ingredients and absolutely no preservatives—we’re reminded of stirring homemade caramels with grandmother’s wooden spoon, warming our hands on frosty days with a mug of rich hot cocoa, or waiting impatiently for the cinnamon rolls baking in the oven.
We’ve always loved that our honeys, both sourced and from our own hives, and our signature honey cream spreads began simply...with family, who helped care for the honeybees, toted our goods to farmer’s markets and festivals, and pitched in to label jars and pack orders during the holiday rush.
NEW-BEES JOIN THE HIVE
Starting in 2023, the company legacy continues with the next generation, as Jon Mosholder takes the helm at Bumbleberry Farms, guiding the company into its next phase of growth and moving it from its country setting in rural Pennsylvania to a new urban home in Pittsburgh, where plans include the addition of a rooftop apiary in the city!
Jon is a deaf entrepreneur who has proudly taken to heart the Bumbleberry Farms mission to Spread a Little Sweetness, by empowering deaf individuals through the company’s hiring and sourcing practices, as well as serving on boards that advance the lives of those in the deaf community.
We’ve always believed that the motto speaks not only to our commitment to bring high quality, artisanal goods to your table, but also to our desire to do good where we stand and to spread kindness in all that we do.
As the company grows, we’re especially thankful to our extended family of retailers and customers. Because of you, Bumbleberry Farms goods can now be found in thousands of gourmet shops, wineries, museums, resorts, gift shops, merchants, and botanical gardens across the United States and Canada. Most importantly, we’re grateful that you continue to share them with those you love.