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Reviving & reinventing the Art of Pickling & Preserving using organic, heirloom, homegrown, local, & wildcrafted ingredients.
Reviving & reinventing the Art of Pickling & Preserving using organic, heirloom, homegrown, local, & wildcrafted ingredients.
153 backers pledged $10,988 to help bring this project to life.

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Using the absolute best seasonal organic produce from local farms we craft simple yet delicious preserves. We are invested in the beautiful tradition of preserving the harvest. By preserving local produce when it is abundant we can all enjoy local food year-round.


Customer Testimonials:

"You guys are doing something great in your kitchen. Jam Artists!"


"The pickled beets make my salads wonderful"

"Your jam is the favorite thing about my morning toast"

"I don't even like pickles, but I loved yours"

"I am deeply obsessed with your vanilla fig jam"

Mission:

Our mission is to offer a healthy product, as well as be environmentally and socially responsible, all the while keeping up high standards of quality and taste.

We believe in supporting our local economies and communities. To that end, we buy our produce directly from local small organic farmers. This means we buy from farmers we personally know and who grow within 100 miles of the Bay Area.  Our spices come from a company in Monterey and our jars from a supply store in Ben Lomond, a small town less than 10 miles from our home.

Marika harvesting
Marika harvesting

We believe that by providing healthy (and delicious!) food, in a way that supports local communities, the local economy, and the environment, we contribute to a more balanced and healthy world.

About our Preserves:

We love the amazing flavors of garden-fresh food. Our goal is to highlight the natural flavors of fresh and ripe produce and preserve the tastes of summer for you to enjoy any time.

Josh Pickling
Josh Pickling

All our preserves are handmade. We seek out the best seasonal, regional, sun ripened produce, without adding unnecessary or unnatural preservatives or fillers. We create simple preserves; the kind Grandma would make at home from her kitchen garden.

Our Jams: By using tree ripened fruit we eliminate the need to add pectin. Using only 1/4th the amount of sugar usually found in commercial jams, we create a more delicate and flavorful jam, so you can really taste the fruit. 

Our Pickles are made with organic apple cider vinegar, super fresh vegetables, whole spices and fresh herbs. They are not diluted, nor do they include any substitutes, filler, pickling lime, or alum. All our pickles are crafted with our own unique spice blends giving them more interesting and spicy favors than the typical cucumber pickle you find at the store.

Our pickles are actually good for you because we use apple cider vinegar (good for digestion) and we cook the vegetables only as needed, so they retain their flavor as well as most of their vitamins. Vinegar pickles are also particularly healthy because the vinegar actually makes it easier for your body to access the vitamins in the vegetables, herbs, and spices. They are also a great spicy snack, and delicious with beer. 

Rewards:

Bumpersticker
Bumpersticker

Your Choices of our Best Selling Preserves:

  • Strawberry Jam
  • Vanilla Fig Jam
  • Garlic Dill Pickles
  • Spicy Dill Pickles
  • Heirloom Pickled Beets with Honey
  • Fire Roasted Heirloom Tomato Salsa
  • Tomatillo & Green Chile Salsa with Cilantro
  • Dilly Beans

Kickstarter exclusives:

First ever Estate Jam: Burgundy Plum (grown by us!)

Preserved Necta-Plums: A short season fruit, a cross between a plum and nectarine, one of our most popular stone fruits this summer.

"Best piece of fruit I've ever had" -Several Customers

And we have preserved it especially and exclusively for you Kickstarter participants.

Preserving and Planting 2014 Calendar, illustrated by Marika.

Preserving and Planting Calendar
Preserving and Planting Calendar
A unique botanical illustration for each month, along with several seasonal canning recipes and suggested planting dates for a kitchen garden.

Ceceilia's Gardens Long Sleeve shirt:





Our Story:

We began as a fruit stand, with the vision to bring organic, local, and the most flavorful fresh produce possible to our customers, with the eventual dream of having our own organic farm. Finding that no matter how well we planned we almost always ended up with extra excess fruit, we started making strawberry jam. From there we experimented and expanded our product line. We've tried everything from pickled fiddle head ferns, to apricot jam, to marinated mushrooms, to preserved blueberries, to candy stripe fig jam, to fire roasted salsas . . . over 150 different preserves.

We did so well at the fruit stand, regularly selling out of our Dill Pickles, Salsas, Fig Jam, and many more, that we realized there was an opening in the market for good quality, unique, handmade preserves, especially pickles. From there we decided to expand into wholesale markets and farmers markets. We are currently in local stores and have secured spots in several farmers markets pending finalization of all the necessary permits.

Our eventual dream is to have an organic farm and orchard to grow much of the produce we use for the preserves.

Goals:

  • Get our best selling preserves which are already organic, officially  Certified Organic
  • Expand into Farmers Markets
  • Expand our wholesale market
  • Purchase some new kitchen equipment:
  • Purchase equipment for Farmers Market vending
  • Get our website up and running for online orders
  • Get the remaining permits to be able to do all the above

Where the funds will go:

30% to the Organic Certification Process and printing new labels that say "Organic"

20% to the purchase of new kitchen equipment and equipment for farmers market stalls

  • 2 Jam Copper Pots ($350 each)
  • 2 Stainless Steel Stock Pots ($100 each)
  • 2 Fermentation crocks ($200 each)
  • 2 Farmers Market Tents ($200 each)
  • 1 cellular tablet-to be used as a cash register ($300)

10% for required permits

10% getting the website up and running

20% to fulfilling Kickstarter orders

5% Kickstarter fee

5% Amazon Processing fee

Thank You:

We are hoping to raise at least $10,000. This is the minimum amount of money we need to begin our process of expansion. Only with your help will we be successful.

Thank you so much for your support, and we're so thankful for our wonderful community and all the feedback from our friends and customers. Please share our kickstarter campaign with your friends and family. We greatly appreciate all the help we can get!

Our Sincerest Thanks,

Marika Bourdeaux

and

Joshua Rickett

Risks and challenges

Since we have experience in running a fruit stand and in selling our products already, we have, thankfully, already stumbled through many of the mishaps that accompany new businesses and new business owners.

We have already begun the process of getting our permits for selling online and at farmers markets, and have talked with several farmers market associations and have places held for us to start selling as soon as our permits come through. We already have a couple successful wholesale accounts. We already have contacts with local farmers and producers to buy all the ingredients to make our preserves.

The biggest challenge that we foresee is going to be the Organic Certification process. Although we have done our homework on what will be required, we do not yet know exactly how much it will cost. It could be anywhere from $600 to $3000, so we are budgeting for enough money for the higher end of the spectrum. We also know from experience that permit processes take a while and dealing with any kind of permitting or certification can hold unexpected challenges and several levels of bureaucracy to contend with. However long the process takes, you will still be getting your rewards in a timely fashion, whether or not we are officially allowed to call them "Organic".

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    THANK YOU: Handwritten "Thank you" card, using one of our own illustrated cards by Marika. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks! Shipping included.

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    WE BE JAMMIN STICKER: "We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten "Thank you" card, using one of our own illustrated cards by Marika. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks! Shipping included.

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    PRESERVE CERTIFICATE: Come PICK UP your choice of ONE of any of our jams, pickles or salsas at our fruit stand in Mill Valley, CA. (Must pick up within 4 months of successful project completion)
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    PRESERVE DELIVERY: You will be SENT your choice of one of our best selling Jams, Pickles, or Salsas (please pick from list). "We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten illustrated "Thank you" card. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks! Shipping included.

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    ESTATE AWARD: Our first Estate Burgundy Plum jam, Limited Edition and Exclusive to Kickstarter.
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    NECTAPLUM REWARD: A jar of our Preserved Nectaplums Exclusive to Kickstarter,.
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    CHRISTMAS GIFT (New Award): One jar of Strawberry Jam and one jar of Lemon Curd sent at an early delivery date in time for Christmas. We will include an illustrated card as well with your personal message to the recipient of your choice. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks!

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    DOUBLE TROUBLE: Your Choice of 2 of our best selling preserves, (please pick from list).
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    FRUITY AWARD: Strawberry Jam, Vanilla Fig Jam, and a surprise third jam, hand picked by us from our store room (with over 30 varieties of jam).
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    PICKLED AWARD: Spicy Dill Cucumber, Garlic Dill Cucumber and Heirloom Pickled Beets.
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    CALENDAR AWARD: An illustrated planting and canning 2014 Calendar. Your Choice of 4 of our best selling preserves, (please pick from list).
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    SHIRT AWARD: A Ceceilia's Gardens Screen Printed Long Sleeve Shirt. Your Choice of 3 of our best selling preserves, (please pick from list).
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    CALENDAR/SHIRT AWARD: A Ceceilia's Gardens Screen Printed Long Sleeve Shirt. And
    an illustrated planting and canning calendar. Your Choice of 5 of our best selling preserves, (please pick from list).
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    APPLE BUTTER AWARD: Apple Butter making class: A four hour class, where you will get to learn to make apple butter from Josh (owner and master preserver), and take home several jars of your own creation!
    Located in Bay Area/Santa Cruz, Exact location to be announced.
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    PICKLED BRUSSELS SPROUT AWARD: Pickled Brussels Sprouts: A four hour class, where you will get to learn to make pickled Brussels Sprouts from Josh (owner and master preserver), and take home several jars of your own creation!
    Located in Bay Area/Santa Cruz. Exact location to be announced.
    Optional Pick Up:
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    SEASONAL PRESERVES: For one year you get 4 shipments throughout the year (corresponding with the seasons) including 4 preserves each handpicked from our storeroom. Your choice is limited to: 1) Just jam 2) Just pickles or 3) Anything goes (can include jam, pickles, preserved fruit, chutney, salsa, tomato sauce, etc). Please include any allergies. You also get the We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten "Thank you" illustrated card. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks!

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    SEASONAL PRESERVES PLUS: For one year you get 4 shipments throughout the year (corresponding with the seasons) including 4 preserves each handpicked from our storeroom. Your choice is limited to: 1) Just jam. 2) Just pickles. or 3) Anything goes (can include jam, pickles, preserved fruit, chutney, salsa, tomato sauce, etc). Please include any allergies.
    You also get a Ceceilia's Gardens Screen Printed Long Sleeve Shirt. And
    an illustrated planting and canning calendar.
    We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten "Thank you" illustrated card. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks!

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    HOME CLASS AWARD: Josh will come to your house and teach you and your family or a few friends (limit up to 8 people) to make jam, pickles, marmalade, or preserve of your choice (provided its available/in season), and you will get keep all the jars you make.
    Classes will take place between November and April and your house must be within the general Bay Area.
    (If you really really want this reward and live outside the Bay, Josh will come to your home, provided you pay for his travel expenses.)
    You also get a Ceceilia's Gardens Screen Printed Long Sleeve Shirt. And
    an illustrated planting and canning calendar.
    One of each of our best selling preserves.
    "We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten illustrated "Thank you" card. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks!

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    THE WHOLE JAR OF PICKLES: An official "Thank You" and acknowledgement on our new website.
    Josh will come to your house and teach you and your family or a few friends (limit up to 8 people) to make jam, pickles, marmalade, or preserve of your choice (provided its available/in season), and you will get keep all the jars you make.
    Classes will take place between November and April. Your house must be within the greater Bay Area.
    (If you really really want this reward and live outside the Bay, Josh will come to your home, provided you pay for his travel expenses.)

    For two years you get 4 shipments throughout the year (corresponding with the seasons) including 8 preserves each handpicked from our storeroom.
    You also get a Ceceilia's Gardens Screen Printed Long Sleeve Shirt. And
    an illustrated planting and canning calendar.
    One of each of our best selling preserves.
    "We be Jammin" bumper sticker. Handwritten "Thank you" illustrated card. And our Whole and Heartfelt Thanks!

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