MulberryJamAndTea

From our backyard to your toast & teapot.

Palo Alto, California | 130 Sales

MulberryJamAndTea

From our backyard to your toast & teapot.

Palo Alto, California 130 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Note from shop owner MulberryJamAndTea is taking a short family break to recharge. Thank you for your patience. Please come back and make an order in the new year, or message Kevin directly if you have special request: themulberryguy [!at] gmail.com

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Last updated on Dec 8, 2018

MulberryJamAndTea is taking a short family break to recharge. Thank you for your patience. Please come back and make an order in the new year, or message Kevin directly if you have special request: themulberryguy [!at] gmail.com

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TheMulberryGuy Brings Sweat and Passion to side career as Suburban Farmer

Written by Susan Hathaway, excerpted from KQED Bay Area Bites blog.

Kevin Lynch — aka, “The Mulberry Guy” — is probably the most truly local grower selling his fruit at a Bay Area farmers market. It takes him just seven minutes to drive the two miles from his suburban Palo Alto “farm” in his street-legal electric golfcart to the town’s Saturday farmers market. Once there, the lanky vendor sells mulberry jam, mulberry leaf tea, and a variety of other fruit lovingly cultivated in the yard surrounding his home a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.
Lynch’s delicious, consistently sweet and complexly flavored fruit is a hit with foodies seeking new tasting experiences, but just about anyone can appreciate the candy-like fruit. The mulberry isn’t actually a berry. It’s a drupe, in which aggregate fruits grow into long formations clustered around a mild-flavored, soft stem. Whatever its genus, theMulberryGuy’s deep purple produce is quite habit forming.
They are the most wonderfully tasty fruit,” Lynch says. “Every year, when they become ripe again, we gush over our first bites.” As do his customers, who now know they need to arrive early to snap up a portion of his farm’s small output.
Another major difference between The Mulberry Guy and other farmers is in the objective. Lynch and his wife, Monica, aren’t in it for the money, but rather as a summer avocation for the two Palo Alto teachers. Their backyard business is alternate employment for the non-teaching months. “Mulberries just happen to ripen steadily over the entire summer,” Lynch notes. “It’s a perfect match.
This suburban farm is also a way to engage the couple’s two teeange sons in something more absorbing than their smartphones. Lynch admits this is a break-even enterprise, but one that has expanded the family’s horizons. “We have so many new friends thanks to the mulberry,” Lynch says. “We’ve met really wonderful families,” between weekly summer appearances at the farmers market and relationships forged with local chefs, one of whom invited the Lynches to her recent wedding.
"We’ve been allowed behind the scenes at two Michelin-starred restaurants; seen the way other local chefs take pride in cooking from true local sources; learned the interesting supply-side politics of the farmers market world, and gained a greater respect for the true farmers — the ones who do this for a living year round,” Lynch explains.
As their passion project has expanded, Lynch and his wife have created new products to bring to the farmers market. With their stall only operating once a week, the Lynches began producing mulberry jam with mid-week harvests. “It’s made from just three ingredients — mulberries, honey and lemon — all sourced in our yard. Not a lot of people can say that,” Lynch states proudly.
The environmentally minded couple are also utilizing other parts of the mulberry plant. A recent project by Monica involves drying the leaves for mulberry/mint tea, which is caffeine free and beneficial in treating various ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. She has also begun using the deeply colored fruit for natural, organic lip balm. “It has a little color — my favorite — purple,” she says, pointing to her pale plum outfit and laughing.
While the Lynch family appears boundlessly energetic, a plan for how to utilize yet another part of their mulberry orchard in the far-off future — when they might slow down — has presented itself. Says Lynch, “I have a customer at the farmers market who plays the lute and he says if I chop down the mulberry trees, the wood is perfect for making guitars. We have a market at the end of the line!”

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