The MacInnis family. Established in the second half of 1998. Priority #1 when we bought our home was a dog. No question there. One dog quickly turned into two because she was lonely and needed a friend, right?
Matt and I like to create and learn together. We both really enjoy woodworking and we have personally renovated every room in our house.
We have been into canning for years and one of my favorite things to make are “Nanny’s Mustard Pickles.” This is his late grandmother Marguerite Maillet’s recipe. It is well used and well loved. You don’t mess with that tried and tested recipe.
2010: Introducing Little Miss Pepper! Our first dog passed and we adopted another.
We also welcomed our first child into the world in 2010. As he grew, it occurred to me that I had choices to make about what he would eat. I started to learn about food. We all know a bit about food, but, I was on auto-pilot. I never gave it much thought until I was in control of what another human was consuming.
Getting to know each other 🙂
2013: Baby #2. Another beautiful boy. Life is BUSY!
2015: I became a lover of hummus. Learning fun new recipes all the time. I came up with a really good recipe after adding my own spices to a great one out there. It was so good people told me I should sell it. I never really gave it a second thought, I just loved eating it!
Our second dog passed away in 2014. We waited and adopted a puppy in 2015 because the baby is now 2, so we can handle a puppy again, right? Haha! We welcomed Juno to our family in November of 2015.
Fast forward to May 2017: Juno, was not herself. After some major ups and downs, a couple overnight stays at the vet where I still question how she survived, we had a diagnosis for her: Addison’s disease. Her adrenal glands do not, and will not ever function. Google it if you wanna learn more and hear fancy words like “mineralo corticoids.” The medication Juno needs to live will be expensive. There will also be a lot more visits to the vet to make sure she is doing OK. This is our new reality. For the rest of her life. She’s 18 months old. It was a lot to take in.
I decided the night of the diagnosis that I would sell that hummus after all, I would call it Juno’s Hummus and I would give it my best shot.
Slinging Juno’s Hummus went better than we could have hoped and I was having so much fun meeting new people in the community that it just made sense to expand the available products. Our family is big on eating whole foods so here we are today, Juno’s Whole Foods. Over the years, we offered many homemade classics from the good ol Mason jars like jam, salsa and pickles but now we have decided the best way for us to get whole foods out to the masses was to focus on our dry soup mixes and it works for our family. Hopefully you’ll try them and love them enough to be our customer.
My plan is to keep you folks updated about Juno’s progress good, bad or ugly. We certainly have our hopes set on good!
You put good stuff in, you get good stuff out. This is one of the important things I realized. You can’t expect your body to be at it’s best without the proper fuel. Eating a diet that consists of mainly plant based items is my favorite way to be sure I’m on the right track. I try to instill this in my kids so as they grow they will make healthy choices.
We have a few gardens in raised beds that are so rewarding, not to mention tasty! Having the kids get involved is a great idea because they love playing with water and getting their hands dirty in that squishy soil!
2018: We have our dry soup mixes for sale at some retail locations and I have taken up residence as a permanent vendor at the Moncton Farmers Market.
Sept 2020 Update: Our delicious soups are available for purchase in our retail locations.
Loving where this little business venture is taking us. Humbled by the overwhelming response we receive from our customers who choose to support local. Also from countless friends and family who do everything from taste test, watch the kids, working the market table, sharing, and your words of encouragement that keep us going. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes us!