I remember reading and article about this company in the local newspaper and making a note that I had to find them.  I have not been a soda drinker for over 10 years. Okay, I may have 1 or 2 root beers a year but this girl is all about water and tea.  Back in the day when I gave up commercial soda I lost 5  pounds with that change alone.  I am sure if I drank diet soda I would have lost even more, as many of those chemicals actually keep people heavy.  I am telling you all this because I have finally found a treat without the guilt!  I say treat because any soda isn’t something you should consume everyday but once in a while Waynesville Soda Jerks soda  is an amazingly tasty and refreshing indulgence.

Yes it does have sugar but once in a while a sugary treat is fine!  Plus they use raw cane sugar, no refined sugar and they hope to take that one step further soon by using organic sugar. Naturopathic Physicians tend to say, “Live 80/20.”  80% of the time do your best to encourage health in your body and 20% of the time just have fun and enjoy yourself.  That 20% helps encourage health as well so long as we don’t judge ourselves for the things we do.  The 20% helps to keep our stress levels balanced and our lives happier which is a HUGE health boost!

Now back to the topic at hand. This is a small business and local company that was created by Chris Allen and Megan Brown by chance.  They had a soda maker at home and would experiment with sodas for their family and friends who loved them so much they told them to sell to the public.  So they decided to have a stand at the  Waynesville Heritage Farmer’s Market.  That went so well that people wanted to buy more any day of the week so the met the demand by bottling them and finding local businesses to carry them. If you read my post on Sunburst Market then you probably know they carry them there.

Not only are these sodas delicious but they are sourced mainly from local farms. It’s an interesting business to have to figure out what you will need in the coming year to be able to have the supplies on hand especially when it comes to making natural products from local farms.  Recently they started growing their own herbs for the sodas and eventually would like to grow some of the other ingredients as well. For now they go to local farms and buy as much of whatever they need that is season and freeze what they will use in the winter.  They do not use and chemicals or synthetic flavors.

Let’s just say that I went to our local movie theater, The Strand, where they also have ice cream and I opted for the Waynesville Soda Jerks Raspberry Cream instead.  That is saying a lot since anyone who really knows me would tell you that ice cream is my favorite treat.  Even when I was a child I wanted ice cream and no cake for my birthday.  So if you are craving one of these awesome soda’s now all you have to do is go to their website and click on “Find Bottles” to find one of the 45 Western North Carolina establishments ready to sell you one.  Enjoy!