Timothy Young's green business, Food For Thought, is headquartered on an organic farm nestled among the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a 70,000-acre national park along the Lake Michigan shoreline (voted most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America viewers in 2012).
Green America: What does your business do and what are your most popular products?
Timothy Young: We create and market organic and Fair Trade specialty foods that make a difference in people’s lives; our two brands are Food For Thought and Esch Road Foods. Food For Thought is our original all-organic and wildcrafted line of preserves, relish, salsa, and other condiments, and we launched the Esch line last fall. Both lines bear many certifications such as gluten-free, GMO- free, and Kosher.
In addition, we do a lot of contract packaging for a wide range of companies. That can include bottling beverage concentrates for a large company like Michigan based Eden Foods, to a pasta sauce for a company in Chicago, to making jam for a small strawberry farmer down the road.
After 18 years, our most popular product is still one of our earliest creations: our organic Fair Trade blueberry lavender preserves. We grow the lavender here on our organic farm and the blueberries come from a friend who has been certified organic for over 40 years -- the first farm to get