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People ask Brittany Zehr how it is she's selling Grandma Z's Maple Haus products in Pennsylvania while temporarily working as a school psychologist in Baltimore.
Well, the 27-year-old is the fifth generation in the maple business, as her dad and uncle now run the maple-producing operation in Copenhagen, N.Y.. She's interested in the non-traditional uses for maple.
After she got her graduate degree at California University of Pennsylvania but couldn't get a job, she decided to try to make a business out of maple, named for her grandmother. She makes and sells maple mustard, maple barbecue sauces and maple muffins, bread and pancakes mixes, as well as the Zehr syrup and sugar it's all made with.
She sells some stuff at Gryphon's Tea at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District, as well as online at grandmazsmaplehaus.com.
Don't expect it to be too sweet, "because it doesn't have to be," she says. She's experimenting with a maple-sweetened lemonade to sample at the Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference, March 22 and 23, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. For more on that, visit http://farmtotablepa.com/conference.