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.
"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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Ceceilia's Gardens Long Sleeve shirt:
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.
- 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
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,
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".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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