Please let us at Crafty Mart introduce you to one of our artisans coming to The Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th. This is the first in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Humblebee Family Farm's response to a mini-questionnaire.
1) What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Jada, founder of humble. and first generation farmer alongside my partner and best friend Eric, in Toledo, Ohio. humble. was started during our quest to find a truly natural source for our body and bath needs. We create our recipes with minimal ingredients and processing as we believe the integrity of our ingredients are best enjoyed while fresh and pure while leaving a low environmental impact. We make everything in small batches to ensure utmost quality using organic, local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Some examples of what we make are cold processed soaps, lip balms, deodorants, bath gem fizzies (each with a gemstone hidden inside), roll on perfumes and colognes, even dog shampoo! Our packaging consists of glass, recycled paper and occasionally recycled plastic.
2) How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
Through research, trial and error, fun and folly, and many months of testing (on willing adults, never on animals! and on that note- To our adventurous friends, we thank you!) we have developed products that are simple yet satisfying. Each ingredient with a purpose to enrich you from skin to self. With encouragement from mentors, friends and support from our customers we have blossomed as a business and I can't thank you all enough for your support.
3) What is your best seller?
Our best seller is our sugar scrub, no, it is our lotion.. yes our lotion. Or is it the bath gem fizzies? It is likely a tie.
Click on the above photos to rotate through Humble Deodorant, Humble Lotion, and Humble Bath Gem Fizzies.
4) How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?
We hit the handmade market place back in about 2011 doing local events around the Toledo area such as art festivals, art walks, indie craft fairs and this year even participating in a local farmers' market. The handmade community has quickly become like a family of tight knit makers and doers and we are looking forward to being a part of Crafty Mart's Mom and Pop Shoppe as first time participants this Spring along side so many great friends we've made along the way.
5) The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Many thanks to Jada and Eric for answering our questions and coming to Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe. We'll see everyone on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-5pm at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to locate Humblebee Family Farm at the Akron Art Museum.