THYME & SEASON
Thyme & Season sprouted out of Garrett Charlson's grandmother's kitchen. Grandma Ella Mae was always the first volunteer to step up and cook for large gatherings, such as school, church, and family events. Ella Mae became quite sophisticated with the types of delicious meals she prepared, and became accustomed to everyone asking where they could get more. Of course, she wished she had a base to start from so that she could prepare these large meals more quickly, and that need is what propagated the recipes and the products that Thyme & Season offers today.
A bit more background. Thyme and Season began life as Sugar Plum Fancies in Richmond B.C. circa 1993. Sugar Plum was a culmination of Ella Mae's life spent as a mother of four, an avid cook, teacher of music and all things food.
In the early years Sugar Plum Fancies produced thousands of pint jars of jam, jelly and syrup, hence the sugar based and whimsical name. As demand for her sweet goods flourished, so did a demand for her soups, seasonings and her famous meatloaf mix.
A favorite family story of Grandma Ella Mae is about her pickles. Very well known for her "Killer Diller" pickles, during the 1990's she smuggled many jars of these sweet delicacies across the Canadian border and sold them on the black market to other vendors at holiday shows and bake sales in Washington, where they were in high demand.
In 2009 Kaitlin and Garrett acquired Sugar Plum Fancies, and have taken Ella Mae's sprout and grown it into Thyme & Season, a soup and seasoning company focused on sourcing only local and organic ingredients as the base for all of Ella Mae's wonderful recipes. They hope their additions will make cooking a breeze and will become the right ingredients in the kitchen.
Since 2009 their business has had many new additions. Their latest is Henry, born July 3rd. He has been a great addition to the kitchen although they don't let him clean the herbs quite yet.
For more stories, check out their website: www.thyme-and-season.com.