Our Story

I'm Raema, the founder of Rockerbox Garlic. I started drying my own garlic and onion powders because I wanted to create real, pure garlic powder that actually tasted like fresh garlic. When I think of fresh garlic, I still think of my grandpa. He and my grandma grew garlic on their farm in Webster, N.Y. for many years — just like his parents and grandparents had. For my grandpa, that garlic was the pride of all his crops, and is what he was known for. The license plate on his pickup truck said “AGLIO,”which means garlic in Italian. I remember the hours he and my grandma would spend peeling and cleaning to reveal the beautiful white bulbs underneath, and the time my great-grandma Rama (my namesake) would spend braiding the long leaves. The rafters of their barn hung with braids of curing garlic. He liked to make me laugh by biting into a raw clove, and would roast them in foil on the grill just so the rest of us could experience the unadulterated taste of pure, homegrown garlic. 

Most garlic and onion powders on store shelves are only about half garlic: the rest is fillers and additives, peels and roots. Their flavor didn't even compare to fresh garlic. But what most people don't know is that pure, fresh seasoning spices boast a flavor even stronger than fresh garlic or onions.  Pure spices have simply been dried and concentrated into a "dust." That's why my garlic & onion powders list only one ingredient; they don't contain any additives or fillers that produce a off-flavors or granular texture. This philosophy can be carried over to all alliums, which is why I’m proud to produce a full line of different varieties of onion powders. Yellow onion, green onion, and shallot powders each have their own unique flavor profiles, which is why I believe that when you reach for onion powder, you should have the same range of options you would have when you use different types of fresh onions.

Rockerbox Mission

There are so many benefits to using pure garlic and onion powder. Almost every garlic powder on grocery store shelves is full of fillers, additives, and is mass-produced from lesser-quality garlic from mega-farms overseas. All Rockerbox spices are 100% pure — that means no peels/roots, and no fillers, preservatives, flavorings, or additives of any kind. Rockerbox powders are made only from organic U.S.-grown garlic and onions. All of these factors contribute to a very high quality product.

My great-great grandpa, Giuseppe Obbo, emigrated from Sicily to the U.S. in 1914. He and his son, my great-grandfather Calogero (Charles) Obbie, started farming on muckland east and south of Rochester soon after, and into the 1920s. Then Charles and his family —including his son Joseph (my grandpa)— got their own farm in Webster NY, the same farm my cousins and I knew and loved many years later. This picture of my grandpa and great-grandpa was taken right about when they first started farming in Webster. Pictured: Joseph (grandpa) and Charles (great grandpa), in the early 1940s

Pictured: A gold rocker box in use (Henry Sandham - The Cradle)

Pictured: A gold rocker box in use (Henry Sandham - The Cradle)

Rockerbox Garlic Spice Co.

Where does the name Rockerbox come from?
"Rocker box" - A sifting tool used during the 19th century gold rush to find gold dust and nuggets amongst the soil. I chose this name because like a gold nugget, quality seasonings are hard to come by!