Every food lab needs a trained herbalist, and Fork's own Katie Munn, of Anchor & Rose Apothecary, is a spectacular one. Katie is a Certified Clinical Herbalist & Nutritionist from the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, and her unique set of products and services bring diversity to the Fork community. Katie distributes her own Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) share, makes Bliss Bites, and does herbal consulting. In a few weeks, she's even hosting a Plant-Based Brunch right here at Fork. We sat down to chat about her story!
What was your first job?
I worked at Dunkin Donut’s when I was 15 in Skowhegan, Maine. It was fun, I’d bring doughnuts to homeroom and my friends all loved it.
How did your business come about?
I’m from Maine, but I went to herbal school in Colorado and moved back here afterward. One day, I just went to the beach and the name ‘Anchor and Rose’ came to me. I knew I wanted to meet with clients and make and sell herbal products but it didn't really solidify until I had the name.
What motivates you to continue and grow your business?
The desire to bring herbal medicine in the mainstream. I also want to bring herbs and healthy foods into people’s diets and lifestyles.
Who are some herbal or food entrepreneurs that you admire?
Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals is doing wonderful work with biodynamic herbal farming. Kathy Langelier of Herbal Revolution is doing amazing infused tonics and herbal shrubs.
What’s your go-to weeknight dinner?
Lately I’ve been on been a lentil kick! So I sautee up some garlic and onion, kale, brussels sprouts, and add some lentils, turmeric, and ginger. I guess it’s a sautee, or a stir fry, I’m not sure.
Where do you like to eat in Maine?
Lately it’s been Pai Men! The ramen has been so great in the winter. Recently, I went to Empire and had forgotten how good it is. The sauteed green beans are amazing!