I started making jams and jellies in the summer of 2016 when the fruit trees on our new property started producing epic amounts of fruit. I graduated from pastry school in 2011 and worked as a professional baker for a few years, so it was a dream come true to have plums, peaches, apples, and apricots right there for the picking. I cranked out pies, tarts, cakes, ice creams, sorbets and pastries. I was having the time of my life and was excited to explore other ways to use what I was harvesting.
I stocked up on cookbooks about preserving fruit and spent the next few years making shrubs, liqueurs, fruit leather, jams, conserves, pickles and more. Of all the new skills I was honing, making jam was my favorite. I loved experimenting with new flavor combinations by mixing fruit and adding herbs, spices, liqueurs, and extracts. I was preserving fruit like I had a family of 10. Fortunately, we were able to store the best of each season on what we call the “jam wall” in our basement and anyone who visited went home with at least two jars. My friends and family had great things to say about my jams and jellies and some encouraged me to sell them.
In the spring of 2021, my husband David and I were looking to start a new adventure, so he learned how to make candles, I bought my first copper jamming pot, and we jumped feet first into getting Golden Grove Goods off the ground. It’s been a thrilling and delicious ride.
When I’m not busy making jam in my kitchen or selling jam at fairs and markets in the area, you can find me tending to our fruit trees and multiple raised beds, spoiling our 9 year old French bulldog Shelby, and watching whatever version of Ru Paul’s Drag Race is currently airing. I’m also a big fan of live theater, finding new restaurants to add to our list of favs and listening to audio books, especially mysteries and true crime.
We hope the goods on this site pique your interest, and if you’re local and get a chance, find us at any one of the markets listed on this site and come taste some jams.