I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer! We’re smack in the middle of the busy season here at Sugarcrafter Sweets, but today I have an exciting announcement to share. This week at the Mendon market, I’ll have a new seasonal flavor: Cherry & Rose Petal Jam. The reason I’m so excited about this particular seasonal flavor is because it is my first jam to be made with 100% organic ingredients. Using ingredients from some of my fellow market vendors (organic cherries from Phancy Farms and organic rose petals from Windy Hill Flower Farm) along with organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, and my own hand-made organic apple pectin, this jam has a delightfully floral touch and is perfect slathered on scones or on an English muffin. In addition, I’m looking forward to offering more confitures made with organic ingredients throughout the season – so stay tuned! Come on out and see us at the Mendon farmers market, Tuesdays from 4pm – 7pm. Can’t wait to see you there!
We had a really fantastic day at the season open of the Mendon farmers market yesterday – and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us, as well as all of the great new people we had the pleasure of meeting. I’m already looking forward to next Tuesday – come out and shop local again, same time and place (Mendon Firemen’s Field (101 Mendon Ionia Road Mendon, NY 14506), 4-7pm. See you there!
The summer farmers market season is here again, and I’ve been canning like crazy to have plenty of freshly-made confitures ready to go. In case you haven’t checked in on my Where to Find Me page, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be back at the Mendon Farmers Market this year, which is starting up again next week! I’m looking forward to seeing you all again, and also to implement the changes I mentioned previously. The market will run from June 4th through October 15th this year, every Tuesday from 4pm – 7pm, and will be held at the Mendon Firemen’s Field at 101 Mendon Ionia Road Mendon, NY (the same place as last year). Be sure to stop by on opening day and meet our new vendors, and to restock on your favorite jams & jellies! Can’t wait to see you there!
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I’ll be working with a jar distributor this year – and I’m happy to announce that that distributor is none other than Fillmore Container! Today, I’m excited to be reviewing and giving away some smooth-sided canning jars courtesy of Fillmore Container, which I’ll be using for both my business and for my own home canning projects. Head over to my food blog, Sugarcrafter, to check it out. I’m also guest posting over on the Fillmore Container blog with a recipe for raspberry white chocolate mousse in jars. Hope you enjoy it!
Hello there! I hope you’ve all been keeping warm and cozy now that we’re heavy into the winter season. Although things have been a little quiet around these parts lately, there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes here at Sugarcrafter Sweets. Today, I’m thrilled to make several announcements.
As a first-year business owner last year, I had a wonderful time. From developing new recipes to forming relationships with some amazing local farmers, to attending farmers markets and meeting so many friendly people from around the area, it was a lot of fun. I also learned a lot, not only about what my customers want, but also about where I want to see my business go in the future. As I’ve mentioned before, what is most important to me is handcrafting preserves in small batches with what is seasonally and available from local farmers. As such, one of my biggest challenges last year was keeping up with production, since I always tried to have multiple types of preserves available with every fruit possible. If you visited my website last year and saw the list of products I used to offer, you could see why that would be a daunting task, with over 90 jams, jellies, marmalades, and fruit butters, and new varieties being added all the time.
As I continued to review my experiences, I realized that by the end of the year, I was headed in a direction that I don’t want to continue going. I don’t want to end up essentially being the grocery store at the farmers market, mass-producing every type of jam possible only with local fruit and selling jars made a year ago. I want my jams to always be fresh and handcrafted in small batches, each batch slightly different, artisanal and delightfully prepared with each fruit at its peak of ripeness. I want them to be reflective of the seasons – if one year we have a bursting strawberry crop but it’s impossible to find apricots, I want to make preserves with those gorgeous strawberries – and wait until apricots are bountiful again, rather than seek them out when they aren’t at their best. I want to be able to artfully listen to each preserve I make and add exactly what it needs to shine, whether it be herbs, spices, spirits, or other fruits, and create something that is beautiful and unique every time. And most of all, I want my customers to open each jar with anticipation, and to savor each taste with appreciation of the bounty of fruit grown in their own neighborhood, skillfully preserved for them to have a reminder of sunshine and summer on a dreary winter’s day.
It’s in the spirit of those reflections that I’ve made several changes to the direction of my business. First, I have changed my tagline from “homemade jellies, jams and delights” to “handcrafted confitures,” which you can see on my website header and product labels, and which I believe will more accurately capture the philosophy of what I do. In addition, I have an all-new Products page. No longer do I have a list of 90+ preserves; instead, I have a select list of offerings available: year-round offerings that include your very favorites from last year, as well as new, seasonal offerings that will be available for a limited time and that I expect to change frequently, even within the season they are offered. By focusing on a much smaller collection of products, I hope to be able to more closely listen to what each season brings and therefore deliver an even higher quality of product to you.
In addition, the jars themselves will soon be looking much spiffier as well. As of this year, I am now working with a jar distributor who will be supplying me with smooth-sided jars. My labels, which could previously become wrinkled on jars that had raised designs on the glass, will now lie flat and look much more pristine.
I have also teamed up with PayPal this season, so now there are no worries if you spent your last ten dollars on those heirloom tomatoes and cage-free eggs that you just couldn’t resist! I’m very excited that I am now set up to accept credit card payments at markets and events.
Last but not least, you may have also noticed that I removed the few recipes I had previously posted. That’s because I have created an all-new Recipes page for them, which I’m tying in with my food blog, Sugarcrafter. I’ve taken all of my favorite recipes that I love to pair with jam or that use jam as an ingredient, and I’ve linked to them all in one place…in addition, I’ve also linked to similar recipes from some of my food blogging friends. I plan to keep this page updated frequently, and I would love to feature your recipes as well, so please feel free to share them!
I appreciate you sticking around for this long post – I hope you enjoy the changes I’m making to better focus my business on what I feel matters most. And, as always, thank you for your continued support. As I dive into production and get ready for the upcoming year, keep an eye on my Where to Find Me page to see where I’ll be – I’m already looking forward to another amazing year of creating beautiful preserves for you!
Just a reminder that the Mendon Holiday Farmers Market begins this Saturday! Come on out between 10am and 2pm and enjoy a soup & sandwich lunch right at Cibi with a cup of coffee, tea, wine, or beer...then, shop the farmers market for all your holiday entertaining and gift giving. These few Saturdays before Christmas are perfect for getting all of your holiday shopping done – don’t forget to stock up on your favorite jams & jellies for the long winter ahead as well! The market is held indoors at Cibi, so be sure to stop by to pick up your holiday orders…I’ll also have ready-to-wrap holiday trio boxes, baking mixes, and more!
Introducing my newest creation, Christmas jam! A lovely blend of cherries, cranberries, pineapple, rum, and spices makes this jam perfect for the holiday season. It’s wonderful with fresh biscuits hot from the oven!
Also, if you didn’t get a chance to come out and see us at the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Chamber of Commerce Holiday Fair last week, not to worry! Even though the summer farmers markets have ended, the Mendon Holiday Farmers Market will be starting soon. It’ll be held the first three Saturdays before Christmas: December 1st, 8th, and 15th from 10am – 2pm, perfect timing for you to finish all of your holiday shopping and to stock up on local handcrafted jams & jellies for the cold winter ahead. The holiday market is held indoors at Cibi at 3894 Rush Mendon Road Mendon, NY 14506. See you there!