By Cecily Markland
Honeyville Farms is a bulk grain, flour, food storage and emergency preparedness provider. “From powdered peanut butter to freeze dried strawberries, we’ve got it,” says Tim Devey, Retail Marketing Manager .
When the company opened a retail store in Chandler Arizona in 2009, it was pioneering new territory. Yet, some things were not new. The organization brought with it an established tradition of treating people with respect, fairness and integrity, just as the founder, Lowell Sherratt, Sr., had when he began the company in the 1950s in Utah.
The Chandler store is one of four retail locations, with two in Utah and one in California. In addition, Honeyville Farms has an online presence and ships orders throughout the United States.
Retail manager, Michelle Nielsen, says, “Helping customers find peace of mind is the best part of working at Honeyville Farms.”
“People come in looking for the security of knowing they are prepared,” says Michelle. She says it is rewarding to see “people come in with that ‘deer in the headlights’ look. But as you go over people’s questions and help them understand, you see that whole terrified look leave.”
She says the staff at Honeyville “know what they are doing and can help you to know how to survive in times of crisis, but also how to cook in general” and to use food storage items in everyday meal planning.
“We teach them how to maintain, rotate and use their food storage, not just for emergencies, but for everyday cooking.” Michelle says.
Along with the one-on-one assistance, Honeyville Farms provides many handouts, hands on classes, demonstrations, and endless amounts of information. Helpful suggestions also are available on the website, and, “We have free cooking classes,” Michelle says.
A wide variety of classes, many of them taught by Honeyville’s corporate Chef Stephanie Peterson (aka Chef Tess), helps customers visualize how to prepare food and give them a chance to sample items before buying.
“Chef Tess has such a love and passion for what she does and classes help get people excited about cooking,” Michelle says.
“Here at Honeyville Farms we are creating an experience. You can go to many stores and give them money, but we want more than that,” says Tim. “We value the people that come into our stores. … We want to educate our customers and the community on how to be prepared. We don’t just want people to buy our food, we want them to know how to use it and why.”
Honeyville Farms is located at 33 S. 56th St. in Chandler and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached by calling 480-785-5210 or visiting www.honeyvillegrain.com.