Finding Closure: Saying Goodbye to Ahara Ghee

May 27, 2022 9 Comments

Finding Closure: Saying Goodbye to Ahara Ghee

As I sit to write this email, I am filled with all of the feelings of 10 years of this journey with Ahara Ghee. The picture accompanying this blog is of the very first day Ahara was established in 2011. This picture was taken before I became a mother. This picture was taken before I knew ANYTHING about making bulk ANYTHING. Before learning about scaling a business. Before ever having a business partner and with all the hope of someone with all the goals and none of the experience.

The last 10 years have been exciting, difficult, deeply enriching and extremely tiring. When I started Ahara, I was an Ayurvedic Practitioner who LOVED making herbal medicines and medicinal foods. I would teach my clients how to make ghee by going to their homes and personally walking them through it. Some of them developed the habit for life and some of them preferred to buy it. I kept jars of my home made ghee for my clients to purchase and eventually got a business partner and built a small kitchen in our practice. Our cultured and handmade ghee was ALWAYS delicious and full of integrity. What I did not realize when my business partner and I split up the business, she taking the practice and me taking the ghee company, was that I was leaving my profession as an Ayurvedic Practitioner in a service business, and starting a NEW profession as the President of a dairy manufacturing company. Really. I didn't even think of this, since the transition from Ayurveda was so natural. Alas, the Keto and Paleo movements came along and I stormed with my baby on my back into every local grocery store until I found places that would put us on the shelves. We had no website and no customers. I plowed though and got us even into Whole Foods and into distribution. In 2016 I took on a business partner I adore, many of you know him as the person you speak to when you pick up ghee, in person, Martin Lemke. We made it through hard things, loss of suppliers, and even trademark bullying by a large company intent on eliminating "competition". We persevered through Martin having a major, life altering injury and through me birthing 2 babies and living 2 states away from my kitchen. By the time the pandemic hit, we were speedily pivoting to online, finding that our margins in grocery had evaporated and were very hopeful that we would have a rebirth. I homeschooled 2 kids while I answered your customer service calls and managed the business. We gave it a real effort over a decade. 

As we all know, many businesses did not make it through the pandemic and we are now ready to announce that we are among them. In spite of waiting 8 months for funding, and finally receiving it, it was not enough to absorb the impact of having lost much of our grocery distribution in the beginning of the pandemic. 

Keeping products truly high quality, and affordable is not easy and sometimes, not profitable or possible. We are proud that we kept your products in full, delicious integrity the ENTIRE time we had a business. We are proud of each and every product we produced and deeply grateful to our customers, who sometimes seemed to eat so much ghee individually, we wondered if you bathed in it <3 We appreciated your support and for your trust over the years. 

Stay tuned for our next email where we announce where we are going, the NEW BUSINESS and adventures waiting in the wings and the BIG SALE where you will get a chance to stock up on your ghee addiction and help us clear out our inventory. 

I Love Ghee Loves you. 

 

Love, Andrea (And Martin!)

 

 

 





9 Responses

John
John

August 31, 2022

Thank you so much for your amazing ghee. It was part of my introduction to Ethiopian cooking and I came to adore it. It hurts my heart to see you go. I wish you all the best in the future!

Julie A
Julie A

August 31, 2022

I am so sad AHARA GHEE has closed but understand the changes of life. I have only been using Ghee since January and this has been my favorite. Thank you for your quality, integrity and heart. Good luck on your next adventure! 💙

Lulu
Lulu

July 22, 2022

Best to you in your new endeavor! I only recently learned of your amazing ghee after a search for the best ghee in the country as well as brown butter ghee. I am sad that you will no longer be available. But I know the challenges of growing a business are exhausting and you have clearly done a great job. I have stocked up on your ghee for the near term & will have to accept life’s changes when my ghees are all gone (I will savor my maple ghee so it lasts awhile!)

Yva
Yva

July 22, 2022

Have loved your ghee – use it for everything (though not for baths — hmmm – maybe should have tried that).
Thanks so much to you and Martin for your amazing products, your incredible ability to discover solutions to exceedingly difficult challenges – and may this next phase of your journey be joyful as well.

Anita
Anita

July 22, 2022

What a journey it’s been for you & your small team! Thank you for the amazing ghee made with integrity & love! I truly was heartbroken to hear the news of this ending and then I read on to see that you have a new business venture, congratulations!! I’m excited to support your next business venture! After I run out of the ghee I just bought I plan on making my own. Do you have any suggestions on where I can buy truly ethical dairy? Thank you & many blessings!

L
L

July 22, 2022

Dear I Love Ghee,

Thank you for all the efforts, time and heart you put into your wonderful product! I sure enjoyed it and sad to see it go! But all is for the best and I wish you all the success in your new endeavor!

One question. Is there a good brand(s) you would suggest switching to that is on par with your wonderful product? I understand if you can not endorse another business(es) publicly but if you can, I would highly appreciate it!

Love
-
L

Devi
Devi

July 22, 2022

So sorry to see you go! And, really looking forward to your next chapter. Thank you for all you have done and your service

Kiki
Kiki

July 22, 2022

You have brought goodnesss and delight to our hearts and tastebuds. Blessings on the success of your next adventures!!

Steve T.
Steve T.

July 22, 2022

So long, and thanks for all the ghee!

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