Introducing: Goodlands Food Co.

My name is Anna, and I’m so excited to introduce you to Goodlands Food Co. – a hot sauce and condiments company based out of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Early in 2020, I signed up for a community garden plot. Along with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and honeynut squash, I wound up growing ghost peppers – one of the hottest peppers in the world and an intimidating challenge. They all but glowed in my hand as I picked them, ruby red and devilishly crinkled. I immediately blended them up with some garlic, vinegar, and Jimmy Nardellos for a hot sauce, and became obsessed.

Truthfully? I’ve always loved food and cooking, and have been looking for an opportunity to start my own food business for awhile. As a teen, I had my own cake decorating business, and once even cooked for a weeklong service-learning conference in the Grand Canyon. But nothing so far has been as fun or as challenging as launching Goodlands Food Co.

Since the first batch of ghost pepper hot sauce, I’ve broadened out to craft hot sauces around serranos, jalapenos, habaneros, and hungarian wax peppers, with hopes of an ever-diversifying palate of chiles. I’ve seen the beginning of popular favorites like our orange habanero hot sauce, and funkier ones like the jalapeno dill pickle hot sauce. I’ve experimented with lacto-fermentation as well as vinegar-based sauces, and am actively testing a number of tangy, creamy, and non-spicy condiments.

My dream for Goodlands Food Co. is to use the best of the season to create a rotating offering of seasonal hot sauces, condiments, and toppings to heighten the flavors on your plate. I’m in for the long journey, and I hope you’ll join me.

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