Marcy Jams! began after the positive response we received at the
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Saturday Market on the Square.
Marcy and her family had heard that a Farmer's Market was going to start
on the Square in 2010 and we thought it would be fun to get a booth together and
sell some produce from Marcy’s Mother's garden and maybe sell some baked goods.
We were one of the original 10 vendors for the first market. Marcy decided that
her contribution to the booth would be to make fresh Strawberry Jam from
strawberries that she picked from Wartrace, Tennessee. She brought 40 jars or so
to the market and to her surprise, they sold out within a few hours. This
prompted her to make more for the next market and she had similar success. She
then decided to add Pepper Jelly and that's when things started to get crazy.
People really seemed to like the Pepper Jelly (named Firecracker Pepper since we
started selling it around the 4th of July) and we couldn't make enough of it to
meet demand. By this time, all we sold at the Market booth was jam and jelly. We
came up with the Marcy Jams! name to keep it fun and my husband made us a
website. What started out as just a fun idea to do something with my Mother and
sister has turned itself into her full time job. Things have really changed. Now
we have 16 retail locations, close to 50 flavors and our best estimate is that
we have sold around 20,000+ jars of jelly. Every jar is hand made, hand labeled
and packed one batch at a time.