An old passion that I thought was long gone! It began in my own kitchen...after I had moved to Saugatuck. My jam and jelly making started as an idea to give gifts for Christmas in 2011. I wanted to offer something special for my family and friends. Having experience from my years of cooking as a mom and learning how to make jelly from my own mother and grandmother, I thought this would be a perfect idea. After I made traditional jams, jellies, butters and caramel sauce I thought it would be fun to add a twist to recipes and add a bit or savory herb or citrus zest. This is when my artisan recipes became very popular and continued to grow.
The response my family gave after enjoying the tasty condiments was very encouraging. The thought of transitioning my career during a conservative economy seemed risky, but I believed in my vision and love to share my recipes. The idea of selling my homemade products was discussed among friends around my home town of Detroit, now Douglas and adjacent Saugatuck. It was a fantastic place to start an artistic business! As there were, and still are, so many wonderful people that have supported me in my journey as a new small business owner.
At first I made the gourmet jams and jellies in my own home and still appreciate the comfort of my little kitchen to create something new and exciting. For some time now I've been utilizing the commercial kitchen at Crane's Pie Pantry and Restaurant in Fennville, Michigan. My recipes have become a town favorite, currently being sold at Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery, The Farmhouse Deli, Cookies on Call, The Butler Pantry, Petter Wine Gallery, Fenn Valley Winery and the local Farmer's Market in Saugatuck, Michigan. I featured something unique each Friday and set out sample jars for tasting with goat cheese. Being at the market allowed me time to spend talking with people to get feedback on taste and ideas for the next concept recipe. Most weekends currently you can find me sampling many varieties at The Farmhouse Deli, The Butler Pantry and at Crane's.
I never would have thought a simple gift giving idea would turn out to be such an amazing adventure. Now I have customers who order my jams and jellies to send to their own family and friends as gifts. I handcraft each batch with local produce as available, growing the herbs that I use in my own garden. Being able to share what I have made from the heart and watch people enjoy it is such a great feeling. I look forward to what the future brings for my jammin' business.
Gourmet Jams and Jellies
Flavor of the Month
This month I'm featuring Cranberry Walnut Jam and this unique flavor comes with or without fresh organic chrystalized ginger. As with all of my gourmet jellies and jams, this variety is great on a muffin or toast, however so special on a bun with fresh roasted turkey.