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!
Meet the Owner / Condiment Maker Kelly Schexnaildre
I 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?
A 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
I’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!
Hey 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!
Hey 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
I 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
I 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.