Homesweet Homegrown was started by Robyn Jasko, founder of Grow Indie, a blog/gardening site promoting sustainable lifestyles, homesteading, eating well and living local. In 2012, her first book Homesweet Homegrown, illustrated by her friend Jennifer Biggs, was published on Microcosm Press and the two trekked around the country via Amtrak for an epic cross country book tour. Before they left, way too many pepper plants were planted in the Grow Indie test garden, and they came back to hundreds of pounds of peppers, all begging to be made into hot sauce. Robyn and her husband Paul happily obliged and started hitting the sauce.
After a lot of testing, they took their three signature flavors to farmer’s markets and book signings. They soon were selling out, and stores started asking to sell them, and they knew they were on to something. They started a little kickstarter for their sauces, and soon became the highest selling hot sauce in kickstarter history.
In 2014, they expanded to a larger field, taking back the land by converting GMO cornfields in Kutztown, PA back to organic. 100% vegan, non-gmo, homegrown hot sauces and pepper products using heirloom ingredients that they plant, grow + harvest with love.
All of their products are naturally made, with no preservatives---they even use chia seeds as a thickener for our sauces (aka, no gums or fake chemicals)! Unlike the gums and stabilizers you'll find in other food products, chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that naturally thickens their sauces and acts as a preservative. They are the first hot sauce to use chia seeds in this way.
They go beyond organic growing methods----no petroleum based products, chemicals, or pesticides are used on their fields. They hand plant, and harvest all of their peppers using the most sustainable methods possible.