Meet the Vendor: Ballard Extracts
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I am Courtney Werp co-owner of Ballard Extracts. My mom taught be how to bake and the importance of doing so from scratch. So, we decided to start our own company with one of our go-to ingredients: Vanilla Extract.
In addition to starting up Ballard Extracts, I am a stay at home working mom. I have two children ages 5 and 3. When I am not walking the kids to preschool and Kindergarten in Ballard, you can find me on my computer teaching HS English! I work full-time at Fuel Education teaching Credit Recovery, Standard, Honors and AP English to HS kids throughout WA State.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
My mom and I started with Pure Vanilla Extract which was quite the task making sure it adhered to the Pure Vanilla Extract standards. We have branched off and have added lemon, lime, orange and chocolate. We are currently working on a rose extract, ginger extract and fall spice extract!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
We will not have to travel far to get to UCU because we live in Ballard – a hipster-loving and diverse area in North Seattle.
Is this a full-time business for you?
This is not a full-time business for me. I work full-time as an online educator of HS English. My mom and I spend time on the weekends growing Ballard Extracts.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My favorite product that we sell is our Pure Vanilla Extract because we put the most time and energy perfecting it! We had to submit a recipe to the FDA and get the alcohol percent along with vanilla percent just right. After three submissions, we got approved and have our secret recipe that we use to perfect each batch of our extract.
Find out more at www.ballard-extracts.com
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