I discovered Polder's Old World Market through Chateau Sonoma a few months ago, and upon landing on their beautiful website, I quickly developed strong feelings towards the Polder Family and felt connected to their belief system and way of living.
I sent out an email asking if they might be interested in collaborating with me. Truthfully, I didn't expect a response, it wasn't like they needed any promotion, just take a look at their instagram. But, to my surprise, I received the warmest reply from Loran, one of the Polder daughters that handles the internet kind of stuff. Her photography is absolutely gorgeous, and her taste is like a magazine editor's (you've got to see their Pinterest).
A little bit about Polder's Old World Market... In 2009, after selling honey and home baked goods at their local Melrose, Florida farmers' market for some time, they began dreaming up what is now Polder's Old World Market. The family's father had once carved their mother a wooden spoon with his pocket knife, but that was the extent of their woodworking knowledge. When the railcar plant that Loran's father worked at shut down, the family came together and decided it was time to chase their dreams of farming, making, and homesteading.
The family planted a garden in the Florida sand, and learned everything they could about farming. They continued to sell their goods at the farmer's market as a way to bring in income after their father's steady paycheck could no longer be counted on. Their father, along with Caleb (one of the Polder brothers) began carving wooden spoons with a pocket knife, slowly they upgraded their tools, and the family fell in love with creating hand carved kitchen utensils.
A few years down the road, the family moved to a 100 acre farm in Tennessee, where they found their niche in hand carved kitchen utensils, and over time added
I am telling you this story, because it is why I love Polder's Old World Market so much. With a passion for creating what they can with their hands, living off of the land, and trusting in God, they are a brand that I completely admire and look up to.
After Loran's initial email response, we began talking about a collaboration, and I anxiously awaited my Dreamware. Once it arrived, I could hardly put it down, it is truly the kitchen utensils of my dreams. When I opened the box, I was taken aback by the family's generosity. A pie server, two spoons, and spatula, it was more than I could have imagined! I picked up each piece and ran my hands over the soft wood, it was hard to believe that these velvety spoons had come from a chunk of wood.
The spoons, each one slightly different, are smooth and rounded, and the pie server pointed with softly sharpened edges is the perfect tool for serving cake or pie. I already owned a small spatula from Polder's, but the large spatula that the family included in my care package is a true work of art.
Knowing the story behind the Dreamware only made my appreciation for each piece grow. Each piece of Dreamware is an heirloom that I will covet forever, and hopefully pass on to my children. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share this family with you as I know you will love their products just as much as I do.
I am sharing some of my favorite pieces below for you to shop. If you have a cook on your Christmas list this year, you will find the perfect gift at Polder's Old World Market. Loran asked me to mention that they often have to stop taking orders very early in the holiday season, so if you'd like to purchase a piece of Dreamware for the holidays, it is best to do so early!