Name: Beth Cleveland
Business name: Cleveland Organics, 124 East Main St., Fort Valley, (478) 825-3440, www.naturalpecans.com.
How long have you been in business?: “About three years.” Cleveland runs the family business with husband David and son Tom. The pecan orchard has been in David Cleveland’s family for more than 70 years. “Our son started growing our pecans organically,” Beth Cleveland said. “I love coffee roasting and I added organic coffee to our food line.
“We were trying to get someone to cook the pecans for us, but we couldn’t find anyone who wanted to cook the pecans organically. There are a lot of rules and records you have to keep (to be certified organic) and nobody wanted to commit to that, so we decided to get our kitchen certified organic. ... This year’s crop will be certified organic and our coffee is 100 percent certified organic.”
What’s your specialty?: “Organic pecan products. We started selling more and more (organic) coffee.”
Cleveland’s coffee and pecans are receiving awards.
“We won the Flavor of Georgia Contest in 2011 for our Coffee Toffee and Twisted Pecans. Last week, we were in Portland, Oregon, at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and we won with our Caffeine Crunch, which is our chocolate covered espresso beans, and we won Best New Food Product and the People’s Choice Award. ... It was pretty cool. We were excited. We’re hoping to see a lot of sales from it. It seems like what we do is just OK around here, but we get more attention from California and New York. We do good business on our website.”
The Clevelands also own Peach Palette, 907 Carroll St., Perry, a pottery painting and eclectic arts studio. Learn more by calling (478) 224-3434 and visiting www.peachpalette.com.