Michigan is Home to Award Winning Super-Fruit Company
Andy over at Traverse Bay Farms is one passionate guy. He’s passionate about how healthy fruit can be for all of us. His company has won almost 2 dozen awards but as they say the proof is in the pudding. They offer many products, so we think you should definitely check them out, and we featured the Raspberry Jalapeno Preserve this month and have used it in some creative ways. We’ve used it in cocktails, salad dressings, cheese trays and obviously topped some crackers with it.
Read the interview below the picture for more insight in this great company.
– Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run
Traverse Bay Farms was started in 2001 by Jennifer LaPointe, a stay-at-home mom who was looking for a better way to encourage her family to eat healthier in spite of a busy schedule. She frequently visited local farm markets to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. During these visits, Jennifer discovered the many amazing health benefits of fruit for all generations. The idea of starting a gourmet fruit business based on healthy living and convenience took root. Traverse Bay Farms was born.
Backed by passion and the desire to offer a varied line of fruit-based products, her new company rapidly grew to offer the broadest selection of gourmet fruit and functional fruit products in the industry.
Traverse Bay Farms was America’s first company to offer convenient automatic monthly delivery of cherry juice concentrate, dried fruit and tart cherry supplements. Fruit Advantage (owned by Traverse Bay Farms) was the first brand created to offer a complete line of dietary supplements based solely on the antioxidant benefits of fruit.
The company is currently driven by Jennifer to be a leader in the “Fruit for a Healthy You” movement. It continues to offer innovative and exciting health products based on combining the antioxidant-rich benefits of fruit with the convenience required by today’s lifestyles.
Since 2008, the company has competed in the nation’s largest professional food competitions and to date has won 23 national food awards. This makes Traverse Bay Farms the #1 award winning super fruit in America. This simply means, in addition to creating innovative fruit supplements, we also have discovered the secrets of making fruit taste.
– What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business
Traverse Bay Farms has two year-round retail locations. They are located in Bellaire and Elk Rapids.
– What makes your products special/unique
We specialize in offering an entire range of antioxidant-rich fruit-based products offering great taste and natural health benefits. We offer award winning fruit salsa, fruit BBQ and fruit-based jams. Best of all our customers can enjoy our award winning and antioxidant-rich fruit-based products with every meal of the day.
-What’s the favorite part about your job
My most favorite part about my job is hearing how our products have positively affected the lives of our customers. For example, I truly enjoy hearing how our tart cherry capsules helped a customer play a better game of tennis without any joint issues. Or, how our award winning red raspberry salsa was a “hit” at the neighborhood picnic. It really keeps me motivated to keep pushing forward on both great taste and positive health benefits our fruit-based products offer.
-Where can we buy more of your products
Our products are available at a number of gourmet stores across Michigan. In addition, we can ship directly to your home or office from our website at http://www.traversebayfarms.com/ Also, if you are Up North, feel free to stop into either the Bellaire or Elk Rapids retail store. Here is a link to the direction to each location: http://www.traversebayfarms.com/visitus.htm
– What’s the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product
You can enjoy our products with every meal of the day. For example, you can enjoy our award winning red raspberry jam with a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In addition, you can also mix it with cream cheese for a party appetizer or spread over a pork loin prior to cooking to enjoy a hint of jalapeno raspberry.
We offer a Baker’s Dozens (13 books in total) of cookbooks and health living books you can download for free. Download your free books here: http://www.traversebayfarms.com/freebooks.htm