Turtle Mountain Tea, 3 favorites that came together to make one amazing product!
Date Posted: 08/30/2016 | By: Courtney
Nurtured every step of the way, Natalie diSanto owner of Turtle Mountain Tea, gives each batch of her kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut the attention it deserves until it gets into her customers hands. Her passion for making the highest quality product is evident in her meticulous business practices. She is an extraordinary women with a unique product!
Us: You have a very unique name for your business. Where did you come up with the name Turtle Mountain Tea?
Natalie: I had a hell of a time coming up with a name for my business. It’s a lot of pressure and a long-lasting decision. After struggling and over-analyzing for weeks, I realized that my business has come to fruition because of my passion for what I make. I absolutely love each and every one of my products and think they are amazing. Then I thought to myself: Hey Nat, if you love Kombucha so much and that is already in the name, why don’t you name your company after the two other things that you love so much? And thus Turtle Mountain Kombucha was born. It is simply a combination of my three favorite things in life.
Us: What got you interested in making Kombucha?
Natalie: When I was still living back home in Philadelphia, I became horribly ill one winter. I had the flu three times, bronchitis twice, and strep throat twice. No matter what I did and how many doctors I saw I could not get healthy. I took all of their pills and listened to their professional advice and kept getting sick. Finally, after my third bout with the flu, I decided to take matters into my own hands and research what was really going on in my body. It was then that I learned about how crucial a body’s immune system is and how quickly antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacteria. I learned about probiotics and I learned about Kombucha and I ordered a SCOBY online and began brewing in my little apartment in Philadelphia. That spring I moved out here with my SCOBY and have been brewing Kombucha ever since and I haven’t gotten sick yet!
Us: Tell us about all the products you offer. What sets your products apart from others?
Natalie: Turtle Mountain makes Kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Each of our products is extremely small-batch (15-gallon maximum and we only have one of those!) and raw fermented by hand. No other company on the market can boast that each of their products is nurtured every step of the way. I brew each batch of tea for our Kombucha and inoculate it myself. We hand-chop every batch of our sauerkrauts and kimchis. I do not process anything, but just transfer the raw ferment directly into the containers which you can buy at local farmer’s markets and in local stores. I am with our ferments from the day that they are inoculated until the day that you take it home!
Us: Have there been any obstacles you have faced since starting Turtle Mountain Tea?
Natalie: Oh my yes! There have been hundreds of obstacles but there are obstacles on any path we choose in life. Opening a small business is far from easy and it takes a very determined person to make it work and a lot of sacrifices. However, I love what I do and I would never change my decision to push myself as hard as I can and see what comes of it.
Us: What have been some Turtle Mountain Tea’s greatest successes?
Natalie: I will always remember the day when I got an e-mail from the Food Co-Op saying that they wanted to carry my product. That was really surreal because I have always loved their shop and I know that they only carry truly wonderful products. It is an honor to be in their store!
We also recently got on tap in Denver at a local Kombucha Bar called American Cultures. It is a shop that sells only live Ferments and our Lavender Grape Kombucha is a hit!
Us: What’s your favorite part of the business?
Natalie: When strangers come up to me at the Farmer’s Markets and tell me that they love my products. It blows my mind to realize that people who don’t know me are enjoying what I make and it gives me the shivers and makes me so thankful. I can’t explain the gratitude and pride I feel in making someone happy and healthy.
Us: Do you have any future dreams for Turtle Mountain Tea?
Natalie: Our next step is to find a store-front here in town. We hope to open a brick and mortar Fermentation Station within the next two years!
Us: It sounds like you are very environmentally conscious especially when it comes to using recycled bottles for your products. Are there any other ways you strive to be environmentally conscious when running your business?
Natalie: I am always looking to save the planet! One of our employees has a wonderful garden and composts all of our veggie waste from the sauerkrauts and kimchi. We offer reward systems with our customers for returning any empty containers from our products. We have a system set up with a few local bars where they save their empty beer bottles for us to sanitize and we give them free Kombucha!
Us: How did you find Leapin’ Lizard Labels? How has it been? Is there anything we can do to further help you out?
Natalie: I love Leapin’ Lizards!! I found out about you guys while I was having a few drinks at Pateros Creek and chatting with some of your employees. I have been hooked ever since! People always compliment my labels and I never hesitate to send them your way! You guys have been with me since the beginning and Cody is a designing genius!
Us: Where can customers find your products?
Natalie: All over Northern Colorado! We now reach from Denver to Loveland to Estes Park to our roots right here in Fort Collins! We are available at every Northern Colorado Farmer’s Market this season and will be participating in a few Winter Markets as well. We also sell at a lot of local coffee shops, grocery stores, and bars. For exact information check our website: www.turtlemountaintea.com
Thank you so much Natalie!