We had the good fortune of connecting with Missy Stocks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Missy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Funny enough, I hadn’t planned on starting my own business. We needed a fence for our mastiffs, and friends would give us a few bucks here and there for our jams, jellies, salsas, etc. I had an envelope in our kitchen silverware drawer that I would tuck it away in. Eventually people outside of family and close friends started asking. Five years and a lot of paperwork later…here we are! Canning is something I have always really enjoyed. Once we started building a business everything just felt natural. It’s kind of cool to turn something you’ve always done into a way to earn some money for your family.

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.
The most important thing to know is that I never saw myself in a commercial kitchen every day. I worked hard to receive my MBA with a specialty in managerial leadership and I expected to be in an office all day working at a desk. I never thought during college, “Hey! I should sell pickles!” Now, strangely, my life centers around produce cycles, closures, acidity levels and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. You should see people’s faces when they pose the question: So what do you do? They never expect the response to be that I own a cannery. The thing that I really take pride in (and what hinders my growth a bit) is that it’s me. I slice the cucumbers. I pack and label the jars. It’s almost always my face you’ll find working at an event and market. My family fills in and helps me when it’s needed, but when you buy a jar of our pickles I feel confident handing them to you because I know everything about them. This company is something I worked hard to grow from the ground up and it’s something I take a lot of pride in. I’m sure there will come a day when I get a little further from our final product, but currently I am really reveling in the fact that this is 100% my work.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Currently, I’d throw some steaks on the Big Green Egg, pour a glass of local wine and pull up an adirondack chair in the back yard. Covid has greatly changed our lives and aside from work and markets we don’t go out much. The closest thing we do to going out is camping. We do travel roughly once a month in our RV. We load up the kids, the two mastiffs and hit the road for some socially distanced fun just to get a change of scenery occasionally. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Holy moly. My family deserves all the credit. From the very begining they have pushed me! When I was taking Better Process Control School my husband would make dinner for the kids. Even now he labels jars, stocks retailers, makes deliveries, and generally keeps me sane. At big two day festivals my kids keep our booth stocked all day. I work next door to my mom and brother. They do everything from bring me lunch to unloading huge shipments of glass for me. My in-laws run booths and farmers markets. My little sister works in my kitchen part-time and helps with taxes. To say that they are integral to the sucess of this company is an understatement.

Website: beastlittlecannery@gmail.com

Instagram: @beastlittlecannery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeastLittleCannery

Image Credits
all my photos

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