How we met the Hockinson Moms
Well, Elaine is Evelyn’s sister, so we’re family plain and simple. But more than that…Elaine helped us set up our website when we began Local Spicery back in 2012, and she also helped out at our Marysville Mill one summer for several weeks, so she has an insider’s view of our business. Elaine has always been interested in bringing Local Spicery to the Pacific Northwest, and she finally found someone with just as much enthusiasm to partner with…HB! Elaine introduced us to HB last year and the talks began. Since they both live in Hockinson, they decided there was nothing better than to make their debut at the Hockinson Holiday Bazaar! We are thrilled to have them join the team and excited that they are bringing their favorites to the Pacific Northwest market.
Local Spicery's Story
At Local Spicery, we personally mill, blend, package, and sell our products when they are at their peak of freshness. We can offer maximum flavor and aroma because we mill only what we need in small batches. Our products are all natural – no additives, artificial coloring or radiation.
We know how important our food is to people living a healthy lifestyle. This is why we offer so many salt-free options, as well as a hard commitment to no irradiation or Ethylene Oxide, no GMOs, no added gluten, no MSG, no fillers of any kind. Just pure, natural food, locally processed and packaged by hand. And heart.
Local Spicery is owned and operated by Nicholas and Evelyn, a husband and wife team who met more than 30 years ago while working in engineering and construction. In 2012, the two embarked on an exciting, new and altogether different adventure for the empty-nest phase of their lives … we commissioned a custom-built, state-of-the-art spice mill and started a spice company!
We currently use four different milling technologies (hammer mill, blade mill, plate mill, and burr mill) which allows us to mill practically anything, and gives us superb control and flexibility in particle size, so we can be creative when developing our artisanal salad dressings, rubs and herb blends, and not simply pulverize ingredients to a powder.
In a few short years, we went from selling our products at farmers markets, to working with creative chefs and high-end restaurants, to opening our first retail store on Ark Row in Tiburon, California. In 2018, we bought a neglected gold rush era brick building in historic Marysville that had sat unused for 40 years. We have completely reconstructed it into our own state-of-the-art mill and processing plant. Here we do our processing, as well as internet order fulfillment. We occasionally host cooking classes and lectures upstairs in our demonstration kitchen.