In 2004 our computer was ready to give up. As the kids were entering middle school, the need for a new computer was apparent. I was looking for a way to help teach my children the importance of work and needs. I started a small family based business for my kids in an effort to help earn money for a home computer. We started selling homemade jam and salsa products Saturdays at the local farmers’ market. Later we expanded and moved to the Ogden, UT farmers’ market. We then started distributorships throughout the state. The whole family participated in the labeling, website design, advertising and distribution channels. Interest in the uniqueness of the products exploded! Within 3-4 years, management from Western Family Distribution center contacted me with high interest. I negotiated a distribution contract with Western Family Inc, the 3rd largest food distributor in the Western US. We garnered distribution to over 283 stores. Three computers later and the development of new products, sales accelerated beyond anything I was prepared for. After 8 years, I sold the business and distributed the earnings to their college educations. It was an extremely positive family business experience that we built from the ground up.
Location: Cache Valley, Utah - Bridgerland
“Cache County, located in the northern part of the state, is bordered by the Wasatch Mountains on the east and a spur of the Wasatch, the Wellsville Mountains, on the west. The Bear River flows through the northwestern corner of the county where the Little Bear, Blacksmith Fork, and Logan rivers add their waters to it. Cache County was formed in 1856 by the territorial legislature and its boundaries were redefined in 1864 when part of Cache became Richland (Rich) County.”
“Northern Utah was part of the Plains Culture area and, later, Shoshoni territory. Between 1824 and 1855 Cache Valley was repeatedly visited by trappers and explorers. Among the early trappers in the area were James Weber & Jim Bridger in 1824 then Peter Skene Ogden &James Beckwourth in 1825. This Valley became an important rendezvous and resort for fur traders. James Bridger was one of the greatest frontiersmen of Utah and American history. During his lifetime he was a hunter, trapper, trader, and guide, and one of only a few trappers to remain in the Rockies after the demise of the fur trade.” http://historytogo.utah.gov