Meet Our Vendors: Ballard Extracts
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Courtney Werp and live in Ballard, WA. During the day, I teach HS English and in the evening I am busy with my two children – a 4 yr old girl and a 6 yr old boy. In my free time, I work with my mom to produce, bottle and sell baking extracts for our company Ballard Extracts.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
At the 2015 UCU show, my mom shared with our customers our Ginger extract sample. Since every customer who tried it said they had to have it, we made it happen! We perfected our recipe and we are excited to bring Ballard Extracts Ginger Extract to this year’s UCU show for all to have. We coined this extract “Brave” Ginger extract as it has a real ginger kick with a soft baking finish that brings out the spice in every recipe.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I absolutely love all the hard-working and creative people who vend at this show! I just want to buy everything because all the artwork, food products, clothing, and beauty products are all must-haves and full of love. There is such love and passion in each product and the people behind each product has a unique story worth sharing.
Is this a full-time business for you?
This is not a full-time business for me. I work full-time as a HS English teacher for K12 – a virtual education company. I absolutely love to teach but also wanted to create something with my mom.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
Customers enjoy the handmade touch we offer. We make each extract by hand – zesting fruit, filtering beans, hand-bottling, hand-labeling – you name it, it is done with our hands! My mom and I have always been hands-on and enjoy the process and its results.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram for your chance to win a bottle Ballard Extracts Ginger extract as it has a real ginger kick with a soft baking finish that brings out the spice in every recipe.