A joyfully naughty Cairn Terrier inspires the Karma Sauce Company’s name and likeness. Karma guarded our garden with extreme vigilance. The first Karma Sauce® recipe was developed in the summer of 2008 using homegrown organic peppers and other vegetables from the garden she protected (or we protected from her – take your pick).
The sauces were such a hit with friends, neighbors, and co-workers that we decided to work to make Karma Sauce available to everyone. Not an industrial “re-formulated” copy but the real thing: a minimally processed food made from whole vegetables. Two years, and untold hours later, we completed the "Karma Kitchen" to make the sauces we love, sauces that are true to their origins.
Over time the Karma Sauce line has expanded to over a dozen products, most of which have won numerous accolades (see below). We help support local farms and business with our commitment to local sourcing. Apples, onions, cherries, squash, honey, and cider vinegar are just a few of the locally produced goodies we use in our sauces.
One area where we could not keep up was sourcing local specialty chiles. So we started our own organic pepper farm; which is great because we love growing and harvesting peppers! We grew all the peppers we needed for the past season, but just by the skin of our teeth. We enjoy a cool north-east climate in Pittsford NY. But there are a few peppers that we love that we just can’t grow effectively without a little temperature boost.
Enter the high tunnel (hoop house).
A high tunnel is a portable green house like structure. It offers a significant benefit by extending our grown season by several months. This will allow us to effectively grown long season peppers (like the beautiful 7 Pot Brown). With the added productivity we will also be able to produce much more sauce and maybe even offer our peppers directly to the public.
The portability of the high tunnel will allow us to provide for rotation with other crops in a sustainable pepper ecosystem.
We have made significant investment in the Karma Kitchen. This leaves us in need of funds for the high tunnel. With $10k we can set up our high tunnel and ensure that next year we have a Karmic year in pepper production. Our stretch goal of $20k would go along way toward upgrading our pepper processing equipment. Thank you for your help!
Below is a sampling from our pledge rewards. All products are made by us. Note: There is never any gluten, wheat, soy or other major allergens in the Karma Kitchen! Full Disclosure: All of our homegrown hot peppers are organic but not certified. We're working on certification long term. What we don't grow, we purchase locally whenever possible and this is a mix of conventional and organic.
Smokey Karma Sauce®
We’ve added a dash of real chipotle pepper and orange peel (yes, orange peel!) to create a smokey-sweet Karma blend that adds rich depth to a wide variety of recipes. Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider, vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ground chipotle chile, ginger, orange peel MILD
Good Karma Sauce®
Already a classic – a slightly chunky butternut squash sauce with the zing of fresh red pepper and a tangy flavor that adds a new dimension in recipes, or on the table. Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ginger MILD
Curry Karma Sauce®
Take the “klassic" Karma recipe and add real mango and a dash of tamarind and curry spices. The result: an exotic flavor combination that puts an exciting spin on everyday eating. Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, mango, garlic, salt, tamarind, ginger, curry spices MEDIUM
Bad Karma Sauce®
Bad Karma Sauce is Karma with a kick! - dialing up the red pepper with a bolt of refreshing heat that enhances flavors without overwhelming them. Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ginger HOT
Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce
True to its name, this hot sauce – adds heat-rich habanero chiles to a foundation of real sour cherries for a combination of fruity sweetness and unmistakable fire. Try it in your favorite chicken wing recipe for a blast of distinctive flavor! Ingredients: sour cherries, habanero pepper, onion, apple, apple cider vinegar, organic evaporated cane juice, lime juice, ground coffee, lemon zest, cinnamon, clove HOT
Extreme Karma Sauce®
The original Karma Sauce recipe taken to the Nth degree of heat. The pepper blend in this sauce is 100% super hot; think Bhut Jolokia, Moruga and Trinidad Scorpion. Use extreme caution!!! Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ginger VERY HOT
Risks and challenges
The weather could be horrible; Drout, disease, a plague of locusts. This is an agricultural project and has all the risks associated dealing with Mother Nature. Wind storms, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes are just a few of the events that could befuddle our project.
A set of all four original Karma Sauces: Good, Bad, Curry and Smokey PLUS Extreme Karma Sauce PLUS one first run bottle of our 2014 release 7 Pot Brown sauce. It will be our most hellacious sauce yet! Shipping included! (All bottles 5 Oz.)
A set of all four original Karma Sauces: Good, Bad, Curry and Smokey PLUS Extreme Karma Sauce PLUS Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce PLUS one first run bottle of our 2014 release 7 Pot Brown sauce. It will be our most hellacious sauce yet! Shipping included! (All bottles 5 Oz.)
Pick your own peppers! Get yourself to pepper patch and pick one half bushel of our organic peppers. While you're there we'll give you your very own Karma Sauce t-shirt. Too many peppers you say? We'll have quite a few different veggies for you to choose from.
Pepper Patch Plus! Get yourself to our pepper patch and pick your own half bushel of peppers. Plus: while you are here we'll also give you a Karma Sauce t-shirt and a combo pack of ALL of our current (2014) products! Can't make it to the farm? We'll send the peppers to you!
A Karma Harvest Dinner! Get yourself to the farm and we'll prepare a harvest dinner including you and five friends on a weekend in August (depending on the weather we may opt for a local park pavilion). Will we throw in a T-shirt as a special thank you? Of course we will!
Your own sauce! A private label version of your favorite Karma Sauce! One 20 gallon run in 5 oz. bottles with a name and label design of your choice. Plus a tour of the Karma Kitchen when you come to pick up your sauce.
Naming rights on the high tunnel! A pair of commemorative bronze plaques (one for you and one for the tunnel), one Karma Sauce T-shirt and a combo pack of all 2013 products. Plus: Get yourself to our pepper patch and pick your own bushel of peppers in 2014. Can't make it to the farm? We'll send the peppers to you!(US only for fresh peppers)