Entrepreneurship started early in our household. In 2005 Kristen’s younger sister, who was in grade 4, was planning a school trip with her class and needed to raise $30. Instead of just giving her the $30 she was challenged to raise the money herself. Plans were put into place to buy some strawberries and sugar, but she would have to make the jam by herself (with mom’s guidance) and sell it to friends and family. As a young 10-year-old, who was not looking for a lot of work, she stopped making jam as soon as she made the required $30. However, there were several friends who were unhappy they missed out on the opportunity for a jar of homemade jam, so she was “forced” to make more to satisfy the demand. Once she had finally filled the remaining orders, she offered the “business” to Kristen if she wanted it.
Kristen, then in Grade 8, was preparing to go to an International Student Convention. The competition gathered more than 2000 students from around the world. Competition events include athletics, music, and drama as well as many non-performance events such as artwork, photography, and needlework.
As Kristen required more than $1,000 to attend the Convention, she eagerly took up the challenge. Little did she know at the time making jam would become a significant part of her life.
At the competition Kristen participated in large vocal ensemble, quilting, coordinates, dress making, and knitting. At the end of the Convention Kristen placed 1st in Quilting and large vocal ensemble, 3rd in coordinates, 5th in dress making and 6th in knitting.
The tradition of making jam and success at the Student Convention continued in 2009. Not only did Kristen raise the necessary funds for the 2nd convention trip, she started saving for her post-secondary education. Her hard work and diligence were rewarded. She placed in the top 12 in each of the 7 events she entered receiving 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 bronze medals. She also successfully funded 2-years of post-secondary education.
With the help of some retired friends, Kristen started selling jam on the front lawn on a busy residential street in Saskatoon and the start of her business was born. It was not long after, Kristen became a vendor in a local farmer’s market. Donna started making mini-banana loaves to add variety to the table. Before we knew it, we had a full table of preserves and baking made just like Grandma made it. To this day all our products are made from scratch with “ingredients you can pronounce”.
Since these early beginnings, the demand for Donna's homemade baking and Kristen’s homemade preserves continued to increase. So, Donna and Kristen have been able to partner together to grow each of their passions to maintain the legacy and enable others to enjoy the memories and traditional tastes from Grandma’s kitchen. Together they are featured in multiple Farmer’s Markets in Saskatoon and many craft and trade shows across Saskatchewan.