We’re already looking forward to 2015; a few new products in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to you seeing what happened when we met Jamie Oliver, Jimmy Doherty, and Raymond Blanc – but that’s all top secret for now…
Looking back, 2014 has been a pretty epic year for us as well. As is customary at the end of the year, here are a few highlights we’ve had.
That’s simple – we were stoked to receive so many orders for all our products and have enjoyed sending each end every kit out – we’re looking forward to hearing how you get on (photos can join our Mushroom Hall of Fame). Jon is our master gift-wrapper – here here’s his 7 second demo!
This was possibly our most eventful month ever!
All was going well this month – we had our radio debut on The Food Programme and Share Radio, and updated our website to include our new range of amazing coffees, gift bundles and beautiful tea towels, as well as hand making thousands of Kitchen Gardens. Then on 27th November disaster struck and there was an electrical fire in the barn where we’re based. A massive thanks to Haywards Heath Fire Brigade who spent hours putting the fire out, and miraculously, all our stock was undamaged and we were able to continue as normal (except without electricity!)…
Another busy month; Alex hired a black tie suit to attend the IGD awards dinner where we were nominated as Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and although we didn’t win, we did have the accolade of being introduced by ‘Our Graham’ from Blind Date and getting the nod of approval from Gabby Logan! Other highlights were to being featured in a couple of One Planet City FotoDocument exhibition in Brighton (Jon is considering becoming a hand model https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUvgqItrt1c after this shot), and setting our innovative way of zero waste mushroom fruiting in Silo the UK’s first zero waste restaurant.
Robbie’s fine garlic chopping skills were once again broadcast on national TV when the lucky Episode 13 of Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds was re-run, and Alex’s Pumpkin grown from a Bumper Garden Veg Seedbomb was unfortunately eaten by a slug.
Believe it or not, we started producing Kitchen Gardens for Christmas in August and we were delighted that this year we did not sell out!
We also got through to the finals of 2014 Young British Foodies award after presenting our Hot Pinks to Bruno Lubet, Simon Rogan and Ms MarmiteLover – completely worth is for our place at the award ceremony where the food was amazing and we got to hand out with the movers and shakers of the trendy food scene and even (briefly) met Rachel Khoo and a short guy with a fine moustache!
Jon found this monster mushroom on the compost heap and Alex’s Pumpkin from the Bumper Garden Veg Seedbomb was looking very promising, and he grew a lovely cornflower from the Wild Flower Tea Seedbombs.
Robbie went fishing for a whole day in a boat off the Brighton coast and came back with only one small fish!
We were featured in The Times SME supplement talking about the issues and considerations you have as an ethical business – that was exciting for us, although the photo is a bit too close up! Robbie bought a scarecrow owl to keep the pigeons away from the barn, but before we could find out if it works somebody stole it. Have you seen this owl?
We won our first ever award! Thank you to everyone who voted us Yeo Valley’s British Business of the Month for April – we were stoked!
With all the photos we relieved from happy customers growing their Christmas presents, we decided to create a Mushroom Montage – it took Alex ages to do it, but we’re well pleased and love to know what happens to our Kitchen Gardens once they’ve flown the next
Believe it or not, we’re romantics at heart, so were delighted to launch our Hot Pink Kitchen Gardens in time for Valentines Day – much better than a big bunch of flowers and box of chocolates, right?
Last Christmas we sold a lot of Gift Vouchers and in January hundreds of people decided to redeem them – so January was mostly spent sending out belated Christmas gifts!