If you're planning on gifting your bridal party or party guests with something delicious and personalized, Jarred is the vendor to check out at ReBash in a few weeks, on May 15th. Get your online tickets quickly (and be entered automatically into our raffle to win one of two amazing prizes!).
Tell us about your business/craft.
A friend of ours once jokingly referred to "jarred" as our "high-maintenance hobby" and the description has stuck. We make various food items, such as multiple flavours of apple butter, wine jellies, smoked/sriracha salts, and BBQ seasoning mixes. We also hand-etch custom glassware such as wine glasses, beer steins or tumblers.
How did you get started?
Both sides of the business started at Christmas back in 2013. We were saving up money for our own wedding, and still wanted to give thoughtful, caring gifts to a large list of family and friends so we made batches of apple butter and hand-etched personalized glasses as gifts. Everything went over so well with everyone that in autumn of 2014 we rented a booth at the Arts Market in Leslieville, and things took off from there!
What is one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
When people hear about our products, particularly the apple butter, they tend to assume that the person making it is a woman in her 50's, and that she lives out in the country on her own orchard. So people are always surprised to find that we're actually a couple, that we're under 35, and that we live and produce everything right in Toronto. They're also surprised to find that we started the company while simultaneously planning our own wedding, and that many of the elements in our event displays are actually re-used decor from our own September 2015 wedding!
What is your personal favourite piece out of your own collection and why?
Our favourite product is the smoked sriracha salt, which actually came about somewhat accidentally. We were already making smoked salt and sriracha-infused salt, when a friend one day asked "what would happen if you smoked the sriracha salt?" Apparently the answer to that is deliciousness; this stuff has been referred to by some of our vegan customers as "bacon candy", and despite the fact that it's large grain salt, people have been known to eat it straight (not recommended in large quantities!). It has actually replaced regular salt entirely in our personal kitchen when it comes to cooking.
Who/what inspires you?
We're very big on knowing where your food comes from, and supporting local economy, which is why 100% of the apples and fruits we use in our apple butter are from southern Ontario farms and orchards. All of our wine jellies use Ontario wines, and we try to source as many things locally as we can. We even rent out a commercial kitchen from a Leslieville pub called Hitch, which is just down the street from our house. There are no preservatives added, everything is vegan-friendly, and all ingredients are listed on the labels, including every spice and herb - if you have food allergies, there's nothing more annoying on a label than a vague statement like "spices".
What can guests at ReBash expect to see from you at the event?
At ReBash you'll get to see a sampling of what we can do to add that personalized touch to your wedding! Our customizations have options that cover any budget and match any style, because it's not just just a gift, it's part of your decor! Our food products can be chosen individually or paired together as a "brides pick/grooms pick", and custom labelling means we can include things beyond just your colours, names and wedding date. You've probably already spent a lot of time choosing just the right design for things like invitations, so to keep your theme going, those are perfect elements to include in your personalized label.
Our glassware options are endless as well. Personalized beer steins for groomsmen? Check. Wine glasses for the bridal party brunch? Check. A special set of wine glasses for the couple to use on the big day? Check. Want every guest at your wedding to get their own special glass? We can do that too. Because we hand-etch glassware from a stencil as opposed to using a machine which requires a lot of setup, customization is simple, and we work directly with you to make sure your design will look good on your chosen glassware before we start making a single piece.
Sign us up for bacon candy please! To see Jarred and their goodies in person, be sure to get your tickets to ReBash online here! It's only a few weeks away!