Monday, December 24, 2018

Ordinary Evelyn's

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Ordinary Evelyn's is a product line based out of Clay County, which makes jams, pickled items, and dip and cheesball mixes

How does an ordinary woman from an ordinary community turn a family tradition into a successful business? Sheer hard work and a true love for what she is doing. The ordinary woman is Evelyn McGlothlin and her business is Ordinary Evelyn’s “not so ordinary” homemade goodness. Evelyn makes many of her products, one batch at a time, on an ordinary kitchen stove in her home based business located in rural Clay County, West Virginia (SOURCE).
Evelyn started her business in 1996 by selling her products at fairs and festivals. The idea to start a business had been tossed around for several years. Evelyn’s family had continually witnessed neighbors and friends asking for her Hot Pepper Butter. Evelyn’s daughter’s who both live out of state, had many times given her mother’s products as gifts to friends. The recipients were thrilled and wanted to know how they could get more. Evelyn’s daughter, Christina Boggs, told her mother “you have to start selling your products". In the summer of 1996, Christina called the WV department of agriculture to gather information about home based canning businesses. After several phone calls and lots of support from the Department of Agriculture’s staff member Teresa Halloran, Evelyn launched her first showcase at the Clay County Golden Delicious Apple Festival. Complete with homemade computer labels on the jars and a hand drawn sign bearing the business name, she sold her products to the festival goers.
I tried this cheeseball mix, which was so yummy I just had to share it! Which products are your favorites?

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