In May 2010, I was a single mom, living in Montana and finishing my degree in nutrition, when I realized I had no idea what I was going to do after I graduated.
I knew that I did not want to stay in Montana. I knew that I needed a change. I knew that I needed to figure it all out for the sake of my 5 year old daughter. So, I packed up our stuff and drove, with my daughter, for 5 long days from Montana to Rhode Island. I DID have a place to live (I’m not completely crazy). I did NOT have a job (ok, maybe I am) and I only knew one other person in the whole state…or all of New England for that matter. This was risky, terrifying, and probably a little bit stupid.
I struggled a lot at first (understatement), but I ended up finding a job and shortly after, met my future husband and step-kids. We had another baby boy a few years later and that’s really when Essentially Coconut was born.
You see, if you’ve ever stayed home with a new baby, you know that it can be….challenging. Sometimes you want to pull your hair out. Sometimes you want to run away. Between the older kids and the baby, I needed something to focus on that was just for me. Something that didn’t involve kids or babies.
Palm Trees and Coconuts
I had been reading a lot of blogs about people using coconut butter. It sounded interesting for a couple of reasons: 1. In my last year of college, I did a research paper for which I read a lot about the health benefits of coconut (specifically, medium chain fatty acids) and 2. I have found myself alone in the Caribbean on more than one occasion (stories for another time) and have always been intrigued by the coconut. I always said that I wanted to live somewhere that has palm trees and coconuts. In case you’re wondering, Rhode Island doesn’t have either.
I started experimenting and making my own coconut butter, adding different nuts, sometimes a little honey or chocolate….but all of my blends were, essentially coconut.
After several months of figuring out what I needed to do to actually sell my product (commercial kitchen, licenses, insurance, suppliers, labeling, etc), Essentially Coconut was ready to go. November 2013 was our first season with the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Wintertime Market
and we have been growing ever since, always looking forward to what the future has in store.
“A coconut floating in the ocean doesn’t say, ‘How come there are waves?’ It uses what it has been given. So, let there be waves. Probably the coconut gets to a point where it says, ‘The bigger the waves, the better, because that means I’ll be thrown far inland.’ Everything switches; everything turns around. This is how we are meant to be. There is a paradise within. You don’t need to count all the problems. Just say, ‘There is all that, but in the middle of it all, there is something so beautiful, so real.’ And the real is more real than the fake is fake. Reality is incredible.” -Prem Rawat
Peace, Love, and Coconut