The Basics of Starting a Homestead Canning Business



Marie's products feature prominently on sales location Photo credit by Rosemarie Garrison

Few things in a baker's kitchen rival the smell of hot fresh bread coming straight from the oven. As hot loaves are being carefully pulled from the oven racks, most will have already decided what they'd like to put on a slice or two.

In my opinion, homemade bread at the peak of freshness deserves a spotlight all its own. I would not want to risk spoiling the experience by putting too many ingredients on the bread. Instead, a light touch of butter with fresh jam hits all the right notes!

It just so happened that one morning while enjoying a simple breakfast of toast with jam, I noticed that the delicious jar of mulberry jam was getting close to half empty. Concerned, I wondered if I would be able to order another jar, because my son had purchased the jam from another city four hours away. I noticed a website address printed on the lid of the jar. After leaving an email through the website, I received a prompt reply with phone numbers for further communication. I was very hopeful that I would reach someone personally and that the company was still in existence.

Marie's Story of a Home Jam and Jelly Business

Meet Rose Marie Garrison, owner of Marie's Jelly Jams & Herbs. Marie operates the canning business from her north Florida homestead. Before starting her business, Marie had been making jams and jellies for family and friends for well over 35 years. Over the phone, Marie shared with me that she had not seriously considered the idea of going into business, because she was satisfied with making the jams and jellies and giving them away as gifts, for free.

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