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Frog Ranch

Take a moment, if you will, to sit back, relax, and enjoy a good story about turning dreams into reality, and about the little company that could… and still does for that matter. The name Frog Ranch comes from a time when co-owners Craig Cornett and Kristi Hewitt were sitting on the deck of their newly acquired homestead, an old timber-framed “hippie love-shack” in the middle of 40 acres of woods in Millfield OH. Craig was casually lamenting his bleak financial situation and the house that was in great disrepair – though still a good bargain for two college kids. They sipped a few beers, listening to the spring peepers (small chorus frogs) performing their twilight ritual near the pond on the hill, and Kristi made the observation that at least they had purchased a nice “frog ranch.” They had a good laugh, and the homestead had a name! A few years later, they began to clear land for a garden. The plot wasn’t ready until late summer, when vegetable plants were hard to come by, and the only plants available were some wilting “Buy One Flat for $1, Get One Free” Hungarian peppers. It was an irresistible temptation, and for five bucks they filled up the bed of their truck. That first year, those rather questionable looking pepper plants were so prolific that Craig and Kristi turned to family for assistance. Craig’s grandmother provided an old family recipe that yielded about two hundred quarts of pickled peppers. Friends and neighbors beat a path to their door for samples and word quickly got out about the pungent perfection at the “frog ranch.” One urging led to another, and it was decided that a sincere effort should be made to further the dream.