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Homespun Foods with Erica

Aisling FitzGibbon

Granola for the Soul

Erica Sheehan’s family background imbued her with a passion for real food and healthy values that would eventually influence her career path. Time spent in the healthy lifestyle of California made Erica realise she wanted to open a business in the health food industry. She started experimenting at home with popped quinoa in her granola, instead of the standard oat mix. The positive feedback from farmers markets showed her she was on the right track making granola with a nutritious twist.

I discovered Erica’s Home Spun granola products in my local SuperValu. I was very impressed with the ingredients and her use of coconut oil instead of cheaper oils such as rapeseed. How can something so healthy taste so utterly gorgeous? The secret, it seems is flavour. According to Erica, flavour is key to sustaining healthy eating habits. The alchemy of goodness, taste and pleasure of the crunch have made her products irresistible.

Erica’s products are stocked in health stores and Artisan shops throughout Ireland. They are also sold in Harrods Knightsbridge in London and in Spinneys stores in Dubai. Erica’s products are handmade in West Cork and are an example of what can be achieved when the health promoting qualities of food are a business’s priority. Erica’s business won the Gold Award both in 2016 and 2017 in the Free from Food Awards competition.

Erica works on keeping herself healthy and happy while being a full -time mum and working in her business Homespun. Her background in PR, marketing and journalism have given Erica the skills that she needed to grow her business organically from her kitchen table. She is delighted with the support she has been given by Irish consumers who like to support Irish businesses.  One of her secrets to success is to be her own cheerleader both in those early days of business and when mistakes are made. Her mantra "Back yourself" is so important when you embark on your enterpreneurial journey. 

Erica has two types of Quinoa Crunch, one with goji berries, cashews and coconut and the other with pecan and cranberries. I am a fan of both as they are delicious either on their own for breakfast or as a healthy topping for porridge. These products are high in fibre, vitamin E, potassium and folic acid. They are sweetened with honey and contain half the amount of sugar of other granolas. I have experimented with the goji berry, cashews and coconut quinoa crunch added to homemade chocolate, it's delicious.

I wish Erica all the best in her business and am delighted to be able to connect with a wonderful lady who lives her health philosophy and translates it into her business. 

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