OUR STORYIn 2014, we started Himalayan Haat in our farm kitchen. The idea was to use fresh produce from our farm, supplemented with locally sourced organic produce, to make artisanal seasonal products. We now make a wide range of preserves, sauces, concentrates, vinegar, herbal infusions and teas and herbed salts.
My mother, a retired school teacher with years of old-fashioned cooking behind her, dons the chef's hat. Everything is made by hand in our home kitchen, in small batches of 10 to 15 bottles, and without any additives, colours, chemicals or preservatives.
More importantly, the key vision of Himalayan Haat is to employ, train and help local village women to get financially independent. Garhwal has a huge problem with alcohol and most of our women have alcoholic husbands and ample stories of neglect and hardship.
These ladies are involved in the harvesting, cutting, chopping, canning and packaging of our products. We employ around 10 to 12 women at this point. Our hope is to eventually convert an old shed into a bigger facility + community centre, which will then be able to accommodate many more ladies.