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Hello, I'm Krystal - mother, wife, friend, daughter, small business owner & enthusiast, maker and professional elderberry producer! My husband & high school sweetheart of 20 years still calls me "Babe" and I'm also called "Mama", these days to
our three beautiful children
Now, I'm known around town as "Mama K"!
We are Krystal & Brandon Steen! Together, we have created a beautiful family since planting our roots here in The Upstate. We have always made a great team and running a business together has been something we never thought would be on our path. However, when word about Krystal's homemade elderberry syrup started spreading like wild fire, it became very obvious that there was a massive demand for a true locally made & sourced elderberry syrup in our area.
A stay at home mom at the time, Krystal decided to put faith over fear & go all in and start the process of providing our community with a quality, delicious and cost effective product that everyone could enjoy! The recipe we use is the same recipe our family has been consuming for years!
We began the 2018 Farmers Market Season at Easley Farmers Market and Travelers Rest Farmers Market and continued to thrive & grow organically within our community by delivering fresh elderberry syrup weekly to our markets for the first time in the Upstate. We have since fallen in love with our vendor family and small business community over the last couple of years and are proud to be as invested in our local small businesses as we are in our own small business.
As the original elderberry producer of the Upstate, Mama K's is the first & only Elderberry Syrup in the Upstate, (second in the entire state of SC), to be recognized as a Certified SC Product by the SC Dept of Agriculture. We are also proud to currently be the only Certified SC Elderberry Syrup producer that has also been awarded the Appalachian Grown Certification through ASAP. We are a true Appalachian located, sourced & handcrafted product. We believe that by understanding that every ingredient we use matters, a streamlined cooking process with the use of premium ingredients, including those from our region, and our overall expertise makes the difference in our product. Our Elderberry is truly one of a kind!
There are no shortcuts in our syrup making process. Each individual batch is handcrafted by us from berry to bottle. Our syrup is brought to a slow simmer and cooked thoroughly & properly in our very own approved & inspected certified kitchen without the risk of any cross contamination. We combine organic ginger, clove, & Ceylon cinnamon with the addition of organic lemon juice & local raw wildflower honey from Bee Well, a USDA certified & accredited honey producer in the Sate of SC. You can learn more about our honey source at www.beewellhoneyfarm.com.
We also support local growers, farmers & small business for our products. Our 100% natural water source comes straight from the lower Appalachian mountains located in Oconee, SC. Oconee Valley Artesian Water is South Carolinas only Certified SC Artesian water source in the state. The water comes from below the earths bedrock, completely untouched by man & retaining all of Mother Natures divine minerals. You can learn more from their website at www.oconeevalley.com. We have also been fortunate enough to work with local farmers & nurseries to produce elderberries & fresh ginger for our syrup whenever available. Our labels are printed locally & even our bottles come from a local agency. Sourcing so much locally reduces the overall carbon footprint.
Mama K's is also a proud member of the Elderberry Trade Association. The specific mission of this association came into fruition by like minded commercial elderberry syrup producers across the United States with the overall goal to promote, protect, and enhance the overall well being of the elderberry industry by creating relationships between producers and regulators while striving to advance the elderberry industry through research, advocacy, education & legislation.
Here at Mama K's we like to keep things simple. You can rest assured that we are providing a quality product for you and your family. We keep ingredients at a minimum to reduce the risk of allergic reaction or contraindications. We like to keep our recipe that of a true elderberry syrup.
- Lab tested
- SC Certified Product
- Certified Appalachian Grown, (ASAP)
- Registered & licensed with the State of SC
- Registered with the FDA
- Produced in our own approved commercial kitchen facility
- Serve Safe Certified
- Graduate of UGA Better Processing School
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during one of our events or schedule a pick up!
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& make their own decisions. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking medication, please consult with your physician.