Like/Dislike with Emem Oduok of Infused Spreads

  • Curtis Bay resident Emem Oduok of Infused Spreads.
Curtis Bay resident Emem Oduok of Infused Spreads. (Nikki Lewis )
April 02, 2013

On Sunday, the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar opens for its 36th season, with vendors selling fruits and vegetables, herbs, baked goods and crafts. Emem Oduok, 30, will be there, selling handmade chunky jam, creamy fruit-butter, infused spicy and herb vinegar, seasonal tomato ketchup and more.

Oduok, a jam-maker and owner of Infused Spreads, is originally from Nigeria but now lives in Curtis Bay. She started Infused Spreads in 2009 and credits her success to her self-motivation. Starting out was intimidating, but she is glad she is able to make a living doing what she loves, she said. The Baltimore Farmers' Market will be open every Sunday until Dec. 22, from 7 a.m. to noon, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets.

So you can head there to check out Oduok's spreads, but first read on to learn more about how she feels about Ugg boots and Bradley Cooper movies.

Worst pet peeve? Clutter.

What song are you hating/loving right now? I'm Loving "Sail" by Awolnation.

Last concert/gig you went to? Never been to one, but am looking forward to attending musicals at the Hippodrome this summer.

Your worst habit? Procrastination.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Ugg boots.

Strangest/best food you've put your spreads on? The best thing I have ever put our spreads on is egg rolls.

Last movie you liked/disliked? I loved the movie "The Words" with Bradley Cooper.

TV shows you can't get enough of? "2 Broke Girls."

Last great meal you had? Cream of Wheat with bacon.

Favorite spread/vinegar you sell? Strawberry lavender jam.

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Simple is beautiful.

Best thing about participating in farmerS' markets? The best thing is meeting people that love our products and also having the opportunity to learn the likes and dislikes of our customers.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Brewer's Art.

Best advice you ever got? Never depend on anyone but yourself.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? I love the nostalgic feel.


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