Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (+ Giveaway!!!)
We’ve all heard about how much children are like sponges, soaking up whatever they’re exposed to. And now that I’m a parent, I know just how true that is. I’m astounded by just how much Huxley parrots us, or tells me later in the day about something we were reading, or that he saw, or maybe overheard. Lately, he’s even taking to giving me some of my own advice. I taught him awhile ago to stop and take a deep breath whenever he’s crying, to clear his emotions so he can communicate effectively whatever it is that’s bothering him. The other morning, when I was feeling spectacularly miserable, Harold, one of our eternally mischievous cats, was being particularly naughty. In a moment of less grace they I’d like to hold myself to, I yelled at him, um, loudly. Without missing a beat, Huxley turned to me and said, calmly, “Take a deep breath, Mama.” That’s my boy!
My point is, children are watching, and learning, and storing deep, deep in their growing minds all of our behaviors. As a child, I watched my grandmother, Nanny, can, and garden, and keep chickens, and own and operate a blueberry farm. In my case, the hens, as it’s said, really did come home to roost. My body of work revolves largely around skills and activities I witnessed her performing when I was just a wee one. Whatever Glenn and I do now is without question leaving an indelible mark on Huxley, a fact I don’t take lightly.
Jessica DeMarco knows just what I’m referring to. The owner of Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, a Western N.C.-based line of homemade, natural, local jams, pickles and artisan foods, grew from a child surrounded by food & farming to one running a business based around these pursuits. As she details it on her website:
Growing up our home was filled with family food and farm tradition; visits to our grandparents was spent playing in the fields or sprawling backyard gardens, picking berries or helping in the kitchen. Our grandparents stored and put by the bounty of vegetables grown in their own yards — local food was not the latest trend, but simply a way of life.
As I grew a love of these traditions led me to pursue a food career. My path led from home to culinary school, then into busy restaurant kitchens across the country. Over the years working in the food and hospitality industry I always nurtured a dream of owning my own business — an opportunity to return to my heritage, celebrate a simpler way of life and preserve a legacy from generations past.
Each of our products is a reflection of the traditions we value. By using only the freshest local produce we capture the flavors of every passing season, preserved at their peak of ripeness; pure, natural and delicious. Small-batch preparation and classical culinary methods ensure that each of our artisan foods is of the highest quality, with all natural ingredients and maximum flavor in each batch.
We wish you enjoyment of our products and hope they inspire you to find a way in your own home of “Preserving Tradition.”
Jessica reached out to me recently, asking if I thought small measure readers might be interested in a giveaway featuring her products. Her query was met with an enthusiastic “YES!”, and that’s just what I have for you here today. One lucky reader will receive a gift package of goodies, to be heartily slathered, spread, crunched, and munched, from Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon‘s kitchen, to your very own. The generous gift pack will include three Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon products nestled in wood shavings and tied with raffia ribbon in a branded kraft gift box. Included in the gift pack are:
*One jar of Limited Edition Sunchoke & Carrot Mustard Pickles–some of these crisp and crunchy root veggies were grown in their own garden and the rest were generously shared by one of their farmer’s market friends. According to Jessica, “they make an incredible and unique pickle packed in a saucy, slightly sweet, lightly spicy mustard brine.”
*One jar of Honeyed Citrus Marmalade, made with organic orange & grapefruit with local NC honey. “A perfect breakfast jam on sourdough toast or a fresh biscuit.”
*One jar of Oven Roasted Tomato Jam with Garlic and Herbs — recently featured in Garden & Gun magazine’s Made in the South Awards this savory spread is “great on roasted veggies or meats, or try serving atop flat-bread with shaved asiago cheese.”
Jessica’s business will be launching a kickstarter campaign the first week of March. The fundraiser will help Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon raise the capital they need to hire employees, purchase needed equipment and increase distribution, all while maintaining small batch preparation and their commitment to supporting local agriculture in the Western Carolina region. I invite you to visit their Facebook page for additional discounts and giveaways they’ll be hosting over the next several weeks.
Otherwise, to enter the contest, let’s talk canned goods! Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to can. If you’re not yet a canner, say the thing you’d like to learn to can. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Thursday, March 7th, midnight EST. In your comment, please, please leave a way of contacting you, either via your email address or a link back to your website or blog. This contest is open only to U.S. residents (sorry, international buddies!).