It all started here, on our family farm and produce stand many years ago in Lancaster County, PA. As the youngest of 12 children, I grew up watching my mother cook all meals and cook them with a calm passion. She always let me help...as messy as it was for a child to learn the art of food. My Mother could do no wrong in her kitchen and she was a master of making dishes the whole family loved. After years of cooking for my own family, I realized I also had that same passion for pleasing people with my kitchen creations. It was then that I decided to formally start BCK and bring my creativity to the marketplace. In the age where everything seems to be highly processed and lab oriented, I wanted to create food solutions using only natural manufacturing methods and delightful ingredients. Since then, BCK has been a pioneer of vegan/vegetarian solutions (before it was "Vogue" to do so) as well as many other types of foods. We are a small, family owned, gourmet food business that takes an intimate approach to manufacturing. Small batches, strict quality control and innovation that is unmatched.
As you experiment in your own kitchen or if you choose to try our foods, never forget my kitchen motto...Good food can be GREAT all by itself!!!
Thank you for being here and supporting our company!
Shirley Burris (CEO)
In the beginning, our farm sold mostly fruits and vegetables. It was a roadside produce stand, later to become Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill in Lititz, PA. When I was just three years old, my father died at the young age of 47. Our fruit and vegetable farm was how my mother continued to support our family after this tragedy. I had many opportunities to watch my older siblings and learn life’s lessons at an early age. One of those lessons was making our work enjoyable and experiencing the rewards that came from working as team. There was no distinction between genders. Hard work and effort was expected by boys and girls alike.
To supply the farm store with fruit to sell, my brothers took the truck to purchase the melons. The melons had to be unloaded and stacked in the store. This was accomplished by a relay race strategy. In a relay race, you use a baton but we used watermelons. Four of my siblings would each position themselves about six feet apart beginning with the one on the truck and ending with the one standing at the place where the melons would be stacked. This required careful coordination just in case the watermelons landed on the ground instead of the outstretched arms of the one waiting to receive. The object was to keep the melons moving at maximum speed at all times – otherwise we would be working all night. The melon relay was like the relay of life. It’s not a one person event if you want to be successful.
When the pitching and stacking was completed, it was time for the reward...eating watermelon. For us, watermelon was as good as candy. That is how I learned that good food is great all by itself.
We ate our watermelon by the light of the moon standing along mother’s garden. In those days all watermelons had big black seeds, not like the hybrids we know today. We would have a contest to see who could spit the seed the furthest. As you can imagine, being the youngest, I never won any of the seed games but I don’t remember caring...it was so much fun! I called that time “watermelon moon” and sometimes I even thought the moon looked like a big round watermelon.
Through the years, this has become one of my favorite childhood memories and lessons...work hard and have fun! This is probably why I so enjoy my labor with Burris Country Kitchen. Hard work combined with a truckload of fun makes some very good food for all to enjoy!