Bone broths and mushroom broths
Molly Clark, Co-Founder, Marketing and Sales
Have you always run your current business?
In a way, we’ve been moving towards creating Taking Stock for years. (Co-founder) Maddy and I both have extensive culinary backgrounds and always wanted to start a business together. We imagined the concept first as a brick and mortar restaurant. This organically evolved to a retail product line of drinkable broths. Both of us have a strong sense of responsibility towards improving our food systems and creating meaningful employment opportunities. Taking Stock is our answer to contributing to a positive change.
What is your favorite or least favorite vegetable?
When I moved to Minnesota, I was really struck by how many people here grew up eating foods from their land or the land around them. Many locals have told me about a childhood affinity to sprinkling raw rhubarb with sugar and eating the stalks as a snack. Because of this, rhubarb will always be fixed to adorable Minnesotan children in my mind, and I often reflect on this spirit when I’m enjoying it in a variety of ways.
What’s your favorite thing to get from other vendors at the market?
Besides fresh produce, cut flowers are my favorite farmer’s market treat. Getting to know other vendors and their products has driven me to really fall in love with products that I thought I didn’t like. The educational piece of talking directly to a grower/maker makes shopping farmer’s markets a special privilege.
What question do people not ask you at the market that you wish they did?
Many people are quick to note that they make their own bone broth when they try our products. This is wonderful! Savvy broth makers will pick our brains about our process, or dig deeper into understanding what differentiates our product from their homemade bone broth. We love talking to these points.
Do you have a favorite market memory?
Setting up the markets in the fall, when the leaves are changing, is truly a magical experience. That time of year is so lovely, the light in the morning is really unique, and the colors of the squash and harvest flowers are a sight to behold.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about your business?
It’s cheesy, but with business, I truly believe it is about the journey, not the destination. Taking the time to enjoy every stage of our business has made it a very rewarding enterprise. We’ve meet so many wonderful people, and become more informed consumers and citizens by founding Taking Stock.
What do you do when you’re not doing work for your business?
I bought a Victorian era home in St Paul last April, which has been a joy to renovate and care for. Walking the Mississippi River, supporting artists by going to shows, camping and trout fishing in Southeastern Minnesota, and watching the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD are some of my favorite past times.