Kendra Kolling and her three children (Elizabeth, Alaina, and Liam), along with 3 full-time employees.
Cooking has been a lifelong passion for Kendra, who started working in restaurant kitchens at age 14 and continued through college. While working in PR and running her own juice cart at the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market, she met Paul Kolling, founder of Nana Mae’s Organics, an heirloom apple farm in Sebastopol, and they married in 1997. In 2010, to help with the farm’s bottom line, she began serving farm-fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches at farmers markets. “Customers kept asking me, ‘Are you Nana Mae?’” Kendra recalls. “I would explain that Nana Mae was my husband’s grandmother. He’s the apple farmer, and I’m the farmer’s wife. My business name just evolved organically.”
The stand’s offerings rotate with the seasons. Fresh ingredients are sourced directly from local farms (including apples from Nana Mae’s Organics), and condiments, sausauges, and pickles are all made in house. Full Circle Baking in Penngrove supplies organic sourdough and marbled rye, and a gluten-free quinoa-millet option comes from Grindstone Bakery in Cotati.
On a whim, Kendra entered the ‘Wich Hunt, a contest for Sonoma County’s best sandwich, in 2012. She won Best in Show, and her sandwiches have taken home the contest’s top prizes each year since.
John is a fourth-generation farmer on his land. His great-grandfather raised mules and dry-farmed wheat and barley; his grandfather farmed grapes and raised cattle, and his parents grew melons, tomatoes, grapes, and almonds.
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