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Steve and Anita Spencer, owners of Kercheval Homestead, a family farm since 1838, started LocalFolks Foods to make use of excess produce. Along with partner Paul Skirvin, they slowly developed a diverse line of mostly tomato-based foods with an emphasis on using regional fresh and natural ingredients.
“I left my job as a manufacturer’s representative 12 years ago to take up the family farming mantle,” begins Steve. “It wasn’t long before we realized there would be no income in the winter season unless we did something with the summer harvest. We began jarring mostly tomato-based products — sauces and salsa — and selling them at farmers markets. Within a year or so, a grocery store in Bloomington asked if they could carry our line. Today, we are in 13 states in the midwest!”
Once Steve and Anita outgrew their growing capabilities on the farm, they started sourcing their ingredients from midwest farmers and farm cooperatives.
“We still have complete control of our products: the ingredients and where they come from, the recipes, which were mostly developed by Paul before his passing. Today, I am working with another chef on our recipes, but our original products are a tribute to Paul’s culinary legacy.”
All LocalFolks products remain made with very simple non-GMO ingredients. The recipes contain no corn syrup, no gluten, and no artificial flavors or colors. Very clean. For instance, their pasta sauces are made with vegetables and herbs, spices and no added oils, so they are fat free. Look for those, as well as barbecue sauce, salsa, enchilada sauce, pizza sauce and their number one selling stone-ground mustard in our Market District aisles.