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Meet Jill Phillips of Jill’s Jams and Jellies in Cumming

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Phillips Jill’s Jams and Jellies.

Jill, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I inherited my love of gardening and food preservation from my grandmother.

In the mid 1990’s, I was a stay-at-home mom of three little girls. One Christmas, when money was tight, I shyly sent jars of Plum Jelly that I had made the previous summer as gifts of appreciation to my daughters’ teachers. During the following months, those same teachers convinced me to sell my jellies to others that worked at the school, and to their own family members. They also encouraged me to obtain my Department of Agriculture license, create a web page for my new business, and open an online store.

Jill’s Jams and Jellies has grown since those first few years. Today, we offer over 300 different flavors and varieties that are all natural and still made using the same old fashioned hand stirred techniques and methods I have always used. Our products can be found in several country stories and shops throughout the United States. We also ship to individuals and their families.

I take pride in knowing that many of my ingredients are grown in my own garden; the rest of my produce comes from local farmers in the area.

Has it been a smooth road?
No, it has not been a smooth ride. In the beginning, the struggle was getting my name out there. Today I struggle to not fall victim to temptation of mass production to cut overhead. This means, while it is more time consuming and costly, I still use the small batch method rather than using a cannery to produce my product and still use fresh fruit rather than fruit puree.

Jill’s Jams and Jellies

Jill’s Jams and Jellies at a Georgia Grown event

Brandy Laced Peach Conserve

Jill with her neice Bri picking honeysuckles to make jelly

Rose Petal Jelly

Official Jams and Jellies of the Cumming Country Fair and Festival made by Jill’s Jams and Jellies

Jill working in the garden

Jill Phillips planting new crops in the garden

Jill and Steve Phillips hiking in Georgia Mountains

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