Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ARE SO MANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS FRUIT SPREADS? WHAT IS A FRUIT SPREAD?
To comply with labeling regulations, each batch of our fruit spreads and preserves is measured with a Brix Meter. This tool tests the soluable solids in our products and indicates what number they are on the brix scale (which goes from 1-100). Most traditional jams and jellies must have a brix reading of 65 and above to be labeled as such. Often, these traditional products have very high amounts of added sugars and sweeteners that contribute to this reading. Because we use very low amounts of Organic cane sugar and no artificial sweeteners, many of our products are fruit spreads and are below 65 on the scale.
WHAT IS ARONIA?
Aronia is a ‘super berry’ that is extremely high in antioxidants and has been said to have numerous health benefits including cancer prevention, aiding in blood sugar regulation and anti-inflammatory properties. We are one of the first growers of this crop in the Pacific Northwest. It looks much like a blueberry and is often sought for its juicing qualities. We encourage our customers to research the wonderful health attributes of this berry!
WHAT IS HASKAP?
Haskap, also known as Blue Honeysuckle, is a berry with high levels of Vitamin C, anthocyanins, Potassium and other antioxidants. They have a flavor that some describe as a cross between a blueberry and rhubarb (sweet-tart). This is an amazing berry for eating fresh, in smoothies and for baking.
WHY ARE YOUR TABLE GRAPES UNIQUE?
We are proud to be among the first table grape growers in Oregon. We grow several varieties of high quality seedless table grapes. These varieties are bursting with flavor and are not given any growth hormones but are allowed to mature to their natural cluster size. What you end up with are grapes that taste completely different from what is commonly found in larger chain stores and are loaded with antioxidants.
ARE YOUR FRUIT SPREADS VEGAN?
They are vegan. We use no animal ingredients of any kind, and our Organic cane sugar is produced without the use of bone-char.
ARE ALL OF YOUR INGREDIENTS ORGANIC?
As of right now, our farm is not certified Organic, although our practices for growing our food products are natural, sustainable and we are currently working towards certification. We use certified Organic ingredients (such as our sugar and lemon juice) whenever possible.
DO ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP?
No. We don’t add any high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, flavors or coloring. Everything in our products is all natural.
HOW LONG DO YOUR CANNED PRODUCTS LAST? HOW SHOULD I STORE THEM?
Unopened, with the seal still intact, our fruit spreads should last up to 2 years, or until the ‘Best By’ date printed on the lid or bottom of the jar. They should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place for best quality. Once opened, store in the fridge and enjoy within 4 weeks. There is only a small amount of Organic Sugar in our products, so there are no artificial preservatives to extend shelf life.
DO YOU FARM FULL TIME? WHY ARE YOUR PRICES DIFFERENT FROM CONVENTIONAL GROCERY STORE PRICES?
We farm full time as a family. We spend time making sure our berries and fruits are grown to the highest standards. Our prices are often higher than conventionally made preserves because our product quality is higher, our ingredients are Organic whenever possible, our ingredients are fresher (we don’t include any artificial flavors or preservatives), our recipes are original to our farm and this is our sole living. We have to cover our time in the field, our time in the kitchen and other overhead costs that come with running a farm. When you purchase from us, you are directly supporting our family and other small businesses in the community that supply some of our ingredients.
THERE ARE CRYSTALS IN MY CLASSIC GRAPE FRUIT SPREAD WHEN I OPENED THE JAR OR AFTER IT HAS SAT IN THE FRIDGE. WHY IS THIS AND IS IT SAFE TO EAT?
These crystals are tartrate crystals and are formed by the naturally occurring tartaric acid in grapes. The crystals are perfectly harmless and in no way affect the safety of the food product. We try to prevent these crystals from forming but, occasionally, they do (especially after refrigeration occurs). Larger food processors often use corn syrup to prevent this from happening – we never use corn syrup or any artificial ingredients. If you would like to talk to us about an exchange or refund because you don’t enjoy the quality of the product, please contact us. We want you to be happy with our product and will work with you to the best of our ability!
DO YOU HAVE RECIPE OR PAIRING SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR PRESERVES?
Yes! Please refer to our Farm Fresh Blog for some great ways to use our preserves.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCTS?
Please see our Contact & Find Us Page to see where our products are currently available. You can also order directly from our online store.
WILL YOU SHIP YOUR PRODUCTS?
We do offer FREE shipping throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska! Please visit our Shop page for information and costs.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY EMPTY JAR?
Please reuse and recycle our jars! For great craft ideas, follow us on Pinterest!