We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Eastwood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, so given that most of us are stuck at home due to the crisis, we’ve been asking folks about what they’ve enjoyed doing during quarantine. We’d love to hear what your favorite thing to do has been.
We have kept busy during quarantine by working hard to keep our newly opened Cheese Shop & Cafe up and running! It’s been a challenge, to say the least, opening a few weeks before a mandatory stay at home order was issued… However, from day one, we were in touch with all relevant Health Departments to make sure we meet all requirements to stay open; we follow very strict guidelines. Unfortunately, we received no federal, state or local business assistance so we will stay open as long as possible and hope we can weather this pandemic. It makes for interesting days!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am proud every day to represent American artisan cheese & charcuterie brands. I love discovering these makers, learning their story, how it translates into what they make and how they do it. We tend to stick to the small guys that are lesser known and the selections we carry change frequently. We want to expose as much of these great products to as many as possible and thank our customers heartily for always being ready to try something new. We hope to get back to tastings and educational gatherings when the world settles down….
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Quatras Milpas, Costa Brava, Torrey Pines Glider Port, Borrego Springs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Undoubtedly, my husband Michael must get my Shoutout! Truly, without him, Smallgoods would still be a modest little table at the farm market… As the one handling all of our marketing, he’s really put our style together; all social media photos, posts & newsletters are crafted by him. Not to mentioned, he’s responsible for our ‘meat department’ and all of its small batch goodness…. One other Shoutout goes to my Grandfather, a wonderful human being and scientist. I believe my love of molds & cultures, cheese rinds and the transformational process of cheese aging, come from him.