Simply Sarah's Jams & Jellies & More
Available online and in-store
Fresh hand picked strawberries go into every batch of strawberry jam. Tasty on toast or a bagel.
At Mocha Local we love supporting local fellow entrepreneurs and this opportunity to partner with a junior entrepreneur like Sarah is very exciting to us. Sarah has her own commercial kitchen on her family's property in Lethbridge where she makes all her delicious products.
At 15 years old, Sarah Johnson appears to be your average teenager. She is lively and determined, seasoned with a hint of rebel. As a competitive horseback rider, and Grade 10 student at LCI, Sarah isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.
Sarah started riding horses at the age of eight. She can’t remember what first got her interested in the sport, but for as long as she can remember she’s loved horses. Sarah has competed in the Hunter and Jumper divisions at horseshows over the past three years, both locally and in Calgary. She has won more than a few “I love it because it's more than just a sport,” says Sarah. “It's a relationship with an animal that most people have no idea can do these crazy things.”
At the age of 11, Sarah was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis. For now, she has avoided having surgery by wearing a brace for 18-20 hours every day. The brace is to prevent the curve from getting worse and help correct it a little. She will not know if she requires surgery until the fall of this year. Sarah also suffers from Sever’s disease an infliction that causes her heels to fracture, she spends a lot of time in a boot cast.
Sarah cannot stand for long periods of time without pain. Due to her need to sit down often, she found it difficult to gain employment in the retail or fast food industries, the typical places a young teenager might work. So, she decided to become an entrepreneur. Simply Sarah’s Jams and Jellies was founded in August 2018. “Because then I can work whenever I want. And I can look out the window and see my horse,” she says with a smile.
Sarah conjured up her first batches using crab apples and berries from their family farm. She began marketing her goods through social media and school markets and it quickly gained popularity among the locals. She sold more than 1,500 jars last year. Now she has over 15 varieties of jams, jellies and syrups.
Sarah has learned valuable lessons about running a business. She’s involved in the day-to-day grind, from handpicking the fruit to balancing the books and sourcing ingredients on sale. With this uptick in demand, she’s outgrown the family home’s kitchen. A certified commercial kitchen was built this summer in a refurbished oil field building placed near the house. Now she hopes to get her product into specialty stores in Lethbridge and start peddling it at handmade markets.
Sarah’s is so grateful to MocaLocal for the opportunity to sell her jams on the farmers market store. With markets canceled in their traditional form, other options to get her jams to consumers easily has been tasking.
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