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The Mission:

Merfs Condiments is a condiment company that creates high quality, tasteful products using local and organic ingredients. We view ourselves as Earth lovers and partners with our customers and community. We aim to become a regionally recognized brand name, capitalizing on the sustained interest in local, organic food stuffs. Our goal is moderate growth, annual profitability, and having fun!

the merfs team

Katie at kettleKatie feeding Kelly

Meet the Owner / Condiment Maker Kelly Schexnaildre

Kelly Schexnaildre - OwnerI am a southern girl from the gulf coast of Louisiana. I started cooking at 8 years of age; I have always had a passion for exceptional food, and all the experience and community it offers. I relocated to Denver, Colorado in May 2010 ready to embark on a new adventure and chapter in my life. I am an avid gardener who uses fresh, organic, and local ingredients in all my dishes whenever possible. I started making condiments about 6 years ago, and through experimentation and creativity, discovered that I love it. My idea for Merfs Condiments came to fruition in January 2014, and I am intent on creating recipes for condiments that will enhance anyone’s food experience. 

How did I get into making hot sauce?

Kelly LabelingA buddy of mine gave me a half bushel of peaches five summers ago, and I didn’t want to make preserves, pie, cobbler, or any other traditional peach items. I made peach habanero hot sauce with carrots, lemon juice, white vinegar, sugar, and salt and a star was born! I had friends that couldn’t get enough, and family members that wanted it for Christmas gifts; I soon realized that my hobby was both too expensive and too lucrative a talent to be wasted. I started Merfs Condiments instead of going to graduate school or waiting tables forever, and here we are 4 years later!

Kathryn Goodleaf: Plant Manager

Katie - production managerI’m originally from a small island off the East Coast, and I moved to Colorado 7 years ago in search of some Rocky Mountain adventures. I am passionate about outdoor recreation, and this passion turned into a career in conservation in Colorado. How’d I get from the conservation to Merfs Condiments? Well, if there’s one thing I love as much as the mountains, it’s food! My first job as a kid was picking pints of blueberries for my grandma to sell at her farm stand. Growing up, I was always working on some food project or another: foraging wine berries to make fresh jams and meads, fermenting everything in my crock, and even making a few batches of hot sauce one summer when my garden exploded with chilies. When I met Kelly this winter and was offered the opportunity to work for Merfs, it was a no brainer.

I still remember the first time I bought Merfs’ hot sauce at the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver, and now I get the privilege of making it! Talk about coming full circle!

Katie on forklift

Alli Bryant

Ali profile imageHey guys! I came to Merfs in early 2018 with small biceps and a huge heart. Since then, my biceps have grown immensely, and so has my love for hot sauce. I fully attribute my new found hot sauce addiction to my current job at Merfs and I’m okay with that. The women that I work with everyday make my job something that I look forward to each week. There’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t have a laughing attack in the warehouse and for that I am grateful. When I’m not in the warehouse, you can find me at a concert, snuggling my cat, Butterbean, or hiking with my boyfriend. I have also taken over the Merfs’ Instagram account @merfscondiments. – head on over and give us a follow if you like hot sauce and laughing!

Gracie Post

Gracie profile imageHey there! I started at Merfs condiments in the fall of 2017 and have since fallen in love with the company and the amazing women that I get to work with. When I started at Merfs, I knew that making hot sauce would spark a new level of love for all things spicy, but what I didn’t expect was the level of respect and admiration I have for small business owners and entrepreneurs of all types. The amount of love and passion this team puts into every bottle of hot sauce is so inspiring, and I count myself very lucky to be a part of that team! In my spare time I can usually be found doing crafts or cooking. My dog, Swarley, and my cat, Guacamole, are never far. My fiancée and I love to camp and explore and take road trips!

Lindsey Taleff Jenkins

Lindsey Taleff JenkinsI came to Merf’s in early fall of 2018. After owning a small food-related business myself, I wanted to become a part of another, and loved the sense of community at Merf’s. You can usually find me reaching items off of high shelves in the warehouse - the perks of being the tallest lady on the team/in general. ;) When I’m not at Merf’s, I’m most often one of two places - in my kitchen or traveling the world with my husband - you could say I’m a bit of a chronic adventurer.

Hi, I am Murphy

Hi, I am MurphyI am a basset hound that’s got a big attitude and eats lots of cookies. I am thrilled to be the representative for Merfs Condiments, both in name and shape! I enjoy playing with my dog sister, Erin, following my mom around the house, and being silly. I live in South Louisiana with my parents, and I am quirky and cute.

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